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A walk down Memory Lane...

AISB Alumnus / Attended 2000-2004
Michael Demmytenaere
Michael Demmytenaere

After leaving AISB in 2004, I moved back to Belgium and attended the St. John's International School. While it was an adjustment from Romania, it was an easy transition since AISB had prepared me so well for my IB Diploma. I loved St. John's, especially since it reminded me so much of the diverse, open-minded and motivational environment at AISB. I was quick to join the sports team after loving it at AISB and continued playing volleyball and basketball. It was too bad our schedule never included a game against my former school!

I always enjoyed the sciences and maths most and so I decided to focus on engineering in college, attending Boston's MIT in 2006. There, I majored in mechanical engineering while continuing to play volleyball, and got to ful ll my dream of studying and living in the United States. When it came time to graduate, I knew I wanted to do something that involved me working with a variety of di erent companies  and industries. I started working as a management consultant at Roland Berger in Brussels, and was reunited with my friends from St. John's.

I loved Roland Berger but knew I ultimately wanted to be back in the U.S. and I also knew that I was ready for business school. I was accepted into Columbia Business School in New York City and graduated in 2014. I still live in New York City and work as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, traveling throughout the U.S. on di erent projects. Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to go back to Bucharest since 2005, but I would love to visit in the near future. I often think about my time at AISB and what an impact it had on me. If my family had never moved to Romania,  I probably wouldn't have started an international school experience and received such a well-rounded education. I look forward to visiting sometime soon and I also very much look forward to seeing how the school is thriving now! 

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