Dear Parents,

As we celebrate our 65th anniversary this year, I have been thinking about the remarkable community we have built with our 22,000 alumni here and around the world. We recently shared a story in Journeys from alumna Katie Zhang (class of 2020) about her experiences as a recent alumna:

“The thing I’ve come to realize is that as much as you try to plan things out, you can’t really plan the unplanned. And most of life, I’d say, is rather unplanned. 

After receiving an email about three available internship opportunities from the office of alumni relations at Singapore American School, I entertained the idea of applying for Zesttee Digital Health Clinic. Zesttee, a digital health start-up, stood out to me due to my interest in biology/health.

I was tasked with simple but necessary tasks, such as testing the website for bugs, recommending UX improvements, content editing, and more. I happened to catch the co-founder’s attention. Sanju Goswami (former SAS parent) thought my document was well organized and appreciated the detail in my work. This catapulted me into working on other projects like restructuring content across the website, creating a landing page for his previous customer base to drive conversions, and brainstorming for marketing. 

At the time of writing this, I have been at Zesttee for almost four months. There is an endless amount of work, but it’s purposeful, and I enjoy it. 

As I look back, my time at SAS prepared me for work in different ways. Junior year was rigorous academically (content-wise) and pushed me to absorb lots of information at once. I was also challenged to adapt as a new student and that was a steep learning curve. Senior year, while not as demanding, was a highlight of my schooling. I was a part of Quest, a project-based interdisciplinary program, where I was stretched to learn in a more meaningful way. I think the number one thing Quest taught me was self-awareness. Through Quest I became more cognizant of my own biases and perceptions, my approach to work and work-style, and my strengths and weaknesses."

Katie is one of 22,000+ alumni who span six continents in over 67 different countries around the world and are leading the way in finance, design, politics, business, health, education, and many more industries. At SAS, we celebrate you as an SAS alum whether you graduated from SAS or left in middle school—you are always an Eagle and part of our network of Eagles around the world.

Our alumni are an extraordinary resource and provide a strong sense of community and continuity at SAS.  During the pandemic, Beth Toole, our head of alumni relations, took the initiative to strengthen that alumni community to create an alumni internship program. Through it, we have already helped connect 84 alumni placed in over 100 different positions!  

We are excited to continue to grow this program and want to celebrate our first 65 years by better connecting our alumni. If your business is interested in extending internship opportunities to SAS graduates, click here to learn more. The feedback we received from the various employers we have worked with has been strong.

“Katie is the rare person we are continually on the lookout for.  Someone self-motivated, capable and detail-oriented, willing to invest the time to learn and grow. As we assigned her more demanding and complex projects, she completed them in an excellent manner. Katie is now an integral part of our core team acting in many capacities including management of task allocation and tracking for product development and marketing.” (Sanju Goswami, former SAS parent, Co-founder, Zesttee.com)

"We were surprised by the high level of technical knowledge the interns brought with them. They took immediate initiative envisioning their personal projects and stepped right up to any of the tasks we presented. Their engagement and genuine curiosity about collaborative creative processes and business operations was refreshing. Their work has demonstrated that they’re prepared professionally to enter the industry with success.” (Mike Rogers, SAS Class of 2000, Managing Director, Persistent Productions)

We are thrilled as we hear stories like the one shared by Katie. We are proud of the many contributions our alumni make at university and in their professional careers as they build on their SAS experience.

As we celebrate our 65th anniversary this year, we are excited to build on what we have achieved and look forward to the future. Next week, we hope to share with you our strategic plan for the next six years, which highlights how we will prioritize our work to achieve our vision.

 

Best,

 

Tom Boasberg

Superintendent