“NOW I KNOW THAT IF I WANT TO LEARN ANYTHING IN LIFE, I CAN TEACH MYSELF”
Bloom Graduate, 2019
Accepted into a Visual Effects and Gaming Programme in Paris, France
Cyprien arrived at Bloom two years ago, after spending several years in the French school system. “There was a big benefit to learning in English over the past two years, because now I may have the chance to work or study in the United States in the future. Everybody should have the opportunity to learn some basic English because you won’t know what’s outside of your country unless you explore.”
When he first arrived, Cyprien said he met several good people, both teachers and students alike, who welcomed him into the school. “People were overall nice, and curious.” Cyprien noted that curricular elements like Quiet Time, Yoga, and communal lunches “promote a positive, relaxed mood” in the school. When asked how he might describe Bloom to his friends, he struggled to find the words to capture Bloom’s “special” environment.
Cyprien was very surprised to have to work on his own, after having attended traditional, “classical” schools. He believes it was “a hard, but good experience,” because he “learned to work without counting on anyone. It’s an important skill.” He also appreciated the flexibility of the Cambridge system, which allowed him to tailor his A and AS Level Programme to include Art along with Computer Science during his first year, and take Digital Media and Research in his second year. Furthermore, Bloom’s extended school day gave him a chance to do most of his homework during school hours, and still find time to improve his drawing and Japanese language skills.
Cyprien plans to spend the summer becoming more proficient in Japanese and in drawing to prepare for school in the fall.