We are delighted to share another inspirational WISS alumni story. Noam Segev, a WISS IB Career-related Propgramme (SCAD) graduate, is currently studying photography at Kingston University in London, United Kingdom.
Noam is a creative and artistically versatile person, who makes the most of the opportunities she is given. She is studying photography and has already had the chance to exhibit her work at the Kingston Museum in London.
Noam is, without a doubt, an artist with a personal seal whose goal is to create art and inspire people through the lens of her camera.
Discover her fascinating story with us!
What are some of the great takeaways from your time as a WISS student?
I have gained so much from my time at WISS, especially my final two years, but the biggest lesson I've learned during my time at WISS is that anything is possible. You can become anyone and achieve everything; the possibilities are endless. WISS offers students the tools and skills to be successful at university, kickstart their careers, and guide them as they approach the next chapter of their life.
Could you share some of the most memorable moments of your time at WISS?
I could write a whole essay about memorable moments from my time at the Western International School of Shanghai. My most memorable time at the school was the period of remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. A time during which I successfully completed the IB Career-Related Programme and graduated online from abroad. Those two years form a core memory of my time as a WISS student, a period I will never forget.
This story is far from the one I thought I'd share about my high school experience. However, this experience is now an indifferent part of who I am as a person and certainly taught me a lot about myself and life beyond the boundaries of a school campus.
What are you doing now, and what are your career goals?
I am currently studying Photography in my second year at Kingston University, London. This year, my photography career skyrocketed as it became my main job and source of income. My studies and living in London have exposed me to many opportunities, such as exhibiting my work at the Kingston Museum, teaching photography workshops at the University, and photographing for different brands.
I currently work as the photographer and social media editor of the boutique shop Anita Gelato, and I also run classes at the photography studios at my university. These opportunities have been incredibly fun and rewarding for me and allowed me to grow my career as an artist in the industry.
My goal for myself and my career is to continue to create art and bring my creative inspiration into everything I do, share stories, and inspire others through my work.
What advice would you give current WISS students as they look ahead to university and their future careers?
My most significant advice to current WISS students approaching this exciting chapter in their lives is not to limit themselves and their minds. The world is so vast: go out, explore, learn, fail, succeed, laugh, cry, observe, and speak up.
The scary news is, "you're on your own now," but the cool news is, "you're on your own now!". This is your time to find yourself and become anything and anyone you wish. It is a time to allow yourself to observe and experience everything. I promise that you will find the path that is right for you. There is so much life and possibilities beyond school. In fact, that's when life truly starts because it is a life you are creating all on your own, have fun with it!
What would you tell a parent considering sending their child to study at WISS?
If you're considering enrolling your child at the Western International School of Shanghai, do it! WISS is such a unique school that guides students toward future greatness.
WISS was a safe place for me. I grew so much as a person and student during my time there. The faculty is also such an incredible group of people. They will never cease to inspire your children and support them on their journey, even beyond school.
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