Lara Breckon

I feel like ISF has a very interesting mix of people which is always growing or changing, so it teaches you to adapt to change, and how to communicate. Educationally, I believe the language side of ISF teaching was very good. The teachers are very thorough in the mechanics of a language, i.e. the grammar, and also very in touch with their background. Having an Italian teacher with an Italian background and a French teacher with a French background, I feel like we are taught the language ‘properly’ so to say, and with cultural implications or nuances that may otherwise be lacking. I am currently in my first year studying at Oxford University, and majoring in French and Italian literature.

· What years did you attend ISF?
I attended the International School of Florence from 2009 to 2016.

· What university did you attend? And your major?
I am currently in my first year studying at Oxford University, and majoring in French and Italian literature. I like that everyone at this university is very passionate about what they do and so focused. You aren’t seen as being too keen or trying too hard, which is really exiting.

· What is your nationality?
I’m half Scottish, half English — so let’s say British.

· Where do you live now?
I live in halls at St Hilda’s College in Oxford, but when I’m not studying I still live in Florence, Italy.

· What do you do for a living now?
I am a full time student and a part time video editor of promotional videos for companies and events.

· How did ISF impact your life?
I feel like the School has a very interesting mix of people which is always growing or changing, so it teaches you to adapt to change, and how to communicate. Educationally, I believe the language side of ISF teaching was very good. The teachers are very thorough in the mechanics of a language, i.e. the grammar, and also very in touch with their background. Having an Italian teacher with an Italian background and a French teacher with a French background, I feel like we are taught the language ‘properly’ so to say, and with cultural implications or nuances that may otherwise be lacking.

· Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Lanis – She can be quite strict, but she is incredibly fair, patient, and understanding.
Vieillard – She is very thorough but fun in her teaching. It was so much easier to learn and absorb information because it was a pleasure to be in her class.
Blackstone – I feel like if you’ve ever met him, you get it.

· Describe ISF in one word.
Identity. I realise this isn’t an adjective but the school is so capable of making every student realise their potential and discover a part of who they are.

· What is your greatest accomplishment?
Socially, I remember feeling so happy when I was first able to hold a conversation in another language. But academically — getting through the IB with most of my sanity still intact.