Desta, Bloom Graduate June 2020
“Teachers are there to support you. They respect you.”
Desta arrived at Bloom after spending several years in the French system. Almost immediately the teachers at Bloom picked up on her interests through conversations and figured out how she liked to work. They helped her adapt to Bloom and connect to her peers as well. For the first time, she felt that her teachers were there to support her.
“Classes aren’t just a teacher lecturing… there’s more that you can learn here. Skills that you can’t develop in a traditional school: self-discipline, creativity, and a work ethic.” Desta enjoyed the balance between independent work and project work. She engaged in several team projects: joint builds for art, research projects, a short film, and IT projects.
Desta’s love of sports meant that she had to prove that she could spend her mornings on basketball and make up her schoolwork during the afternoons and evenings. “Having two basketball practices in the morning with the adult league, and then having to come to school to catch up – it was hard, but helped me hone my work ethic.”
According to her Natural Movement and Physical Education teacher Amar Muhic,
“Desta is an exceptional athlete; there isn’t a sport she can’t do – football, volleyball, basketball, or track and field. She’s also one of the most committed students I’ve ever worked with, and she always completed her work right on time.”
Desta’s determination paid off, as she graduated a year and a half early. Her career goal is to reach a more sustainable future through business. She has been accepted to three universities for Business Administration Studies so far, but she is currently spending a gap year as a volunteer and exploring Northern Europe before deciding on the next steps on her journey.