Mollie Miku Nishida (Hykel)

2012: Grade 12

SL: Japanese, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology HL:English A, History

What have you been doing since leaving HIS?

I went to the Jogakuin University in Hiroshima and majored in Global Studies. I worked at Starbucks (part-time and full-time) for 7 years, and now I work full time at the Marines Corps Air Station in Iwakuni 

What are your fondest memories of your time at HIS?

I loved meeting and becoming friends with people from different backgrounds. The teachers were awesome too! 

What impact has your time at HIS had on your life?

HIS has made me the open-minded person I am today. HIS taught me to keep excelling and challenging myself in all that I do. And to keep going and not give up on things I’ve started on. 

Any other comments that you would like to share?

I started HIS when I was 3 years old and stayed until the end. It was 15 years of my life. I think of HIS as my first home, and the people there my family. It’s very dear to me. I appreciate every experience there, and hope HIS continues to bring memorable moments and great experiences to students that go there. 

Why did you decide to pursue an IB diploma?

To open more paths to opportunities after graduating HIS. 

What advice do you have for current IB students?

To open more paths to opportunities after graduating HIS. 

What courses were most valuable?

Personally, History (especially writing the extended essay) was most valuable. It helped me a lot when writing my Graduation Thesis in University. 

Did the extended essay, TOK, and CAS prepare you for university?

Yes, especially the extended essay. It made writing my Graduation Thesis a bit easier.