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Change Is Necessary

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." – George Bernard Shaw
Patricia Khalil - Editor
Patricia Khalil - Editor

This issue of the WORLD Magazine is packed with interviews that share a common thread: change.

Change is necessary in today’s ever developing world; we must continue to progress in order to keep up with the moving currents.

Mark Phillips, Class of 2009, shares his experiences as a US Active Duty Naval O cer, embracing the changes in his life that allowed him to appreciate and value an international lifestyle. Likewise, Nathalie Notarianni, Class of 2013, talks about how the unique opportunity of growing up in various diverse, culturally- rich countries has shaped her future career ambitions. Similarly, Jan van Groningen and Vik Salic share the story about their transition into the hospitality industry with a new culinary endeavor for them both: Fish House. 

The cover interview in this issue reminds us that regardless of how changes may a ect certain individuals or contained demographic groups, we all share one planet and therefore a responsibility to care for one another. Mr. Eduardo Yrezabal, the Representative in Romania of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, shares his insight, discussing the realities of the many refugee crises that exist all over the world. He talks about the changes that refugees and asylum seekers experience due to persecution, and what we can do as a greater community, to o er our support.

This issue also invites readers to discover the world of ctional writing in an honest and profound account from former teacher, Rod Lamirand, who describes the process of going from teacher to author. Exploring a di erent angle, Andrei Harnagea, Class of 2007, considers the notion of blind faith when making career and life decisions. We also hear from Dr. Oana Taban, AISB mother, who shares her passionate story that describes her journey from dentist to business woman.

As an alumni group, we are actively supporting our High School students to understand and make the most of their upcoming academic transitions by leading them through a number of seminars focusing on best-fit choices for the IB Diploma Program and University. Likewise, AISB is itself experiencing vast developments. We are  shifting our approaches to remain at the forefront of 21st century advances and challenges. This issue of the WORLDTM Magazine will reveal two incredible projects that rea rm AISB’s position as a leader in international education in Eastern Europe.

While we might consider the thread that ties this issue together to be change, I am also in a privileged position to observe that each story echoes the genuine appreciation that our contributors share for AISB. The AISB community has not only o ered our alumni unique experiences and steps to success, but a true feeling of community and togetherness that lives on through their daily interactions. As AISB enters a new era to equip students with the 21st Century skills to tackle change, we call on our network of alumni across the world to be part of this incredible progress. We encourage you to join us on our private network at to stay informed while building your professional and personal relationships.

Enjoy the pages in this issue of the WORLDTM Magazine.

Salwa Patricia Khalil, 

AISB Communications & Alumni Coordinator / Editor 

Read the entire WORLD Magazine Spring 2017 edition here.


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