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ANA KAREN VALDIVIA CASAS
Con gusto compartimos los logros de nuestra ex-alumna Ana Karen Valdivia, quien obtuvo una mención honorífica por su labor como CHEF.
La felicitamos y deseamos todo tipo de éxito!
You go, girl! Reach for the stars Ana Karen!
A LETTER FROM EDUARDO HURTADO
It is with great pride that we share with you a letter written by one of our first students to have graduated from our institute. We are sincerely grateful for his words and very proud of his achievements!
“To Miss Lilian and all current alumni and parents,
Throughout my life my parents have told me a really blunt but true thing “Your only inheritance is your education”. That’s why I think that their most important investment where my years at British American Institute.
During my kindergarten years I remember being the happiest child alive, everyone made you feel welcome, I never felt uncared for or unloved. As much as I can remember from those days, and from a toddler's memory, I can say that the quality of the teachers (ergo of the education), was top notch. I cannot remember a day since then that I don’t understand English and as of now I can say that it is one of the corner stones of my academic life.
Elementary school was, I think, the foundation of my actual being. In the academic aspect I can say it was superb, we had not only the basics such as science, history, maths, etcetera, but the detail given to our humanity still brings me joy.
Elementary taught me to be the best in everything I could, to know my weaknesses and not give because of them, but to excel. My teachers were compassionate and actually cared for our integrity as human beings. This period of 6 years, as I already mentioned, made me the adult I am now. II learned to be tolerant of other ideologies, religions, genders, sexualities, to the point that I celebrated the individuality of everyone from a very young age.
Sadly, Junior High was a dream that never came true, so we had to migrate to other schools. Nonetheless, with the upbringing I had, there was no doubt I could excel wherever I went; and not just me, most of my generation, in whichever school they attended, excelled as the top of the class or even of their generation.
My wonderful time in BAI has always been on my mind. Interestingly enough, while at my University I realized the profound effect that attending BAI left in me.
I don’t want to sound vapid or egotistic, but the drive that everyone at British American Institute carved in me ( the staff, teachers, my own peers), fueled my thirst for knowledge and being the very best.
As I said, I don’t want to sound as a person with a narcissistic disorder, but because of that upbringing, I was capable of starting and finishing Med School with an honorary mention. I was able to treat and care my patients with the utmost respect and humanity during my year of internship.
I am currently finishing my year of Social Service in a National Institute of Research in Mexico City, and obtaining my degree as General Physician.
Maybe this letter seems as if I'm boasting about every achievement of my life, but it is written to convey the deep and vast changes a school can make to each of its students. This has been my case, as I am sure it is for all the alumni of British American Institute.
Lastly, I would like to thank Miss Lilian for having the vision of opening a school that not only teaches the basic subjects, but also, compassion, respect, love, tolerance, a drive for something else and always that Je ne sais quoi that characterizes British American Institute.
Eduardo Hurtado Cordova
A LETTER FROM JUAN ANTONIO LOPEZ PRIDA
“Dear Miss Lilian,
As you know, I studied at British American Institute since Kindergarten, and all through Elementary school.
Being BAI, the place where I spent most of my life up until the age of 12, I can surely say it shaped me.
Rather than saying that BAI changed my life, it built up my life, right from scratch. It not only made me proficient in the English language, a skill that by itself has opened many doors for me, but it also gave me a very high quality education.
I can still remember boasting that we always used American text books intended for a higher grade than the one we were taking. Let that settle in, not only were our text books in English and made for American students, they were also intended for a higher grade. For example, when we were in 3rd grade we had texts books that were made for the 4th grade, so on and so forth.
Upon entering middle school, you could easily say that the “British American kids” had better quality of education than the other kids that came from different elementary schools; we were very much ahead of everyone else in most subjects. And even though reading text books in Spanish and having all the teachers teach class in Spanish was hard to get used to at first, we had a very solid structure regarding our elementary education, and that is the most important building block, having had an outstanding Kindergarten and Elementary education.
Up until today, with little time left from becoming a physician, I still ruminate on my memory of the time spent at BAI and all the knowledge gained back in elementary school.
No doubt, during my time in BAI, I received the highest quality education ever (even in comparison with the rest of my academic life). I had the best teachers and made my best friends, which I still keep today.
All of these things shaped me. I would like to stress, once again that BAI didn’t merely change my life, it made me who I am today.
I am very proud to say that I am a “British American kid”.
Juan Antonio Lopez Prida “
LUIS FRANCISCO GALLEGO
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