Hello, my name is Mihir Mutyampeta. My first year at Reqelford International School was in my tenth grade, in the academic year of 2019 – 2020. It was a very enriching experience that I had. The high expectations I had coming to India from the United States a couple years ago were met by the international exposure and environment which the school facilitates. The teachers who taught me were quite experienced, and were able to bring me up to par with the other students, which would have been difficult otherwise, because I joined the IGCSE curriculum in the tenth grade itself, leaving me a short time to catch up to my peers in terms of academic syllabus coverage. All the teachers who taught took me under their wing and guided through every nook and cranny of the completely new system which I was in, for which I am very thankful to them.
Although academics is of top priority to me and my teachers, that did not stop me from pursuing sports at school. I regularly took training from the two badminton teachers at school, which let me exercise an active lifestyle, and also let me enjoy a sport which I loved a lot. I would request some extra time to spend at the court so that I could play and improve my technique. Along with this, I was also fortunate enough to swim at school and also participated in an inter-school Cambridge sports meet, in which I achieved a gold medal in the back-stroke. There are many other sports options at school, like soccer, tennis, basketball, cricket, and skating, and I am very proud to call such a diverse environment at my school.
The community is an international one also, with a group of Korean students among us. They are very nice to interact with, and it also gives a new exposure and perspective to education, as we study alongside them. This aspect truly embodies the concept of our school, to be able to impart an international education, facilitate a community inclusive of everyone, and instill such values in us, which will guide us throughout our lives. The interaction which we the small class size here at Reqelford affords us, really allows us to have a great flow of discussion and exchange of information in the class. Personally, I appreciated how small a class is, in that we can have a great relationship with the teacher, which allows the teacher to help us in an individualized manner, and also allows to freely, without fear, express our feelings and get our uncertainties clarified. I have really grown as a student in the way that I approach academics, my development in a sport, which I couldn’t have been able to do otherwise, how I interact with my teachers and peers, and I have to thank the school for that.