A recent conversation with a young, thriving AES alum demonstrates the power of our story in a life.
This alum was surprised to meet friends who graduated from other top performing schools in Delhi and elsewhere. From their school days, they remembered the pursuit of achievement, the pressure to perform, but they couldn’t remember many specific people, places, details. They couldn’t remember joy.
However, our AES alum remembers. He says he remembers every single day. He remembers the classes, the labs, the teachers, the positive emotions, the names, the friends, the faces. He remembers every corner of the AES campus, including learning here, which felt personal and rich.
We’ve all read stories that we quickly forgot or that we’d rather forget. But our children’s international adventures, the remarkable local needs, wonders and personalities, aren’t the stories that should disappear quickly. Not even under a pile of hard work and achievements.
How sad that our children might miss their lives while they are chasing their dreams -- or following ours. This fabulous opportunity to live a rich and varied and contributing international life is something to remember by living it as it happens.
‘Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.’ Joyfully.
The AES story makes an imprint on people because we believe excellence in education and service are joyful pursuits. And joy creates an environment in the heart and mind that makes both the experience and the learning stick for a lifetime.
That’s the story that matters to us, and we’re sticking with it: we, and thousands of AES alums the world over.
It is only a success story if the child inside it thrives