Having completed the rigorous 2-year course of the IB (History, Bio and Chem HL) I can now reflect on my experience and am able to share insight on how to achieve the best. The skills and experiences I have developed with the diploma are easily transferable to any other high school level syllabus.
Teaching has always been a passion of mine as I always find myself "learning out loud". That is learning and concretizing knowledge through easy communication and dialogue. I believe that every student is an "A student". In fact, as Michaelangelo says "every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it" - teaching should be a mirroring of this mentality!
My name is Francesca, I'm a first-year student at the University of Edinburgh studying Biomedical Sciences, and am looking to help students not only prepare for exams but also find a sense of satisfaction from their studies. As the daughter of a Germano-Italian couple, and as an American studying in a bilingual school in Paris (now living in Edinburgh), I see internationality as a bridge to efficiency – and the best way to connect with another!
My name is Francesca Spaeth, and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh. I am currently studying Biomedical Sciences hoping to, later on, delve into either clinical research or medicine. I was born in the United States and grew up in Paris. My parents are both scientific researchers and their attempt at inclusivity showed me that information can be efficiently translated for children. I am enthusiastic, energetic and find the fun in everything I apply myself to. I am dedicated to projects that inspire me. For example, since attending university, I am the goalkeeper of the University of Edinburgh’s women’s football club and have been elected to uphold and organize the club socials and sponsorships next year.
Musical Composer — 2017–2018
Composer and performer of a musical (Crescendo Project: (concealed information) aimed at raising awareness for climate change for primary students.
Scientific Internship — Summer 2016
Part of compulsory school credits: an internship at the Malaria molecular epidemiology unit in the Institute Pasteur of Cambodia (in Phnom Penh), shadowing every part of the research team (from master’s students to scientific directors). Carried out interviews of every scientist. Handled materials and followed practical procedures (Western blots, PCR, malaria cultures and mosquito dissection).
Scientific Internship — Summer 2015
Part of compulsory school credits: an internship at the Laval University in Québec City, Canada. Shadowing mainly Ph.D. students sequencing phytoplankton genome. Introduced to different aspects of marine biology (zooplankton, bioluminescent biology, etc.). Acquired valuable laboratory skills conducting multiple PCRs and gel electrophoreses.
Ecole Jeannine Manuel, Paris, France — French primary and middle school, 2006–2015
International Baccalaureate, IB (Ecole Jeannine Manuel) — Higher Level History, Biology and Chemistry, 2016–2018
University of Edinburgh – Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences (BSc with Honors BioMed), 2018 – present
Personal attributes include:
• Sports: Fencing club (2005), Baseball club (2005), Football club (2006), Orientation and nature challenges (2011, 2012), Basketball club (2011–2016), Social Secretary on the University of Edinburgh’s women’s football committee (EUWAFC, 2018 – Present). And cycling all around Edinburgh & Paris!
• Teamwork: My experience with sports has been crucial in teaching me the values of teamwork. I find myself working more efficiently and at a higher caliber when part of a team.
• Organization: At university, I have endeavored in competitive football and am now a member of the 2019-2020 committee. My job consists of organizing and running club socials (social gatherings/events – including treasure hunts/fundraising). I also uphold the club’s sponsorships with The Pear Tree Pub and Why Not nightclub. This position is highly responsible and has helped me develop my capabilities in a demanding role.
• Public speaking and presenting skills: I was asked to write and deliver my high school’s graduation valedictorian speech. That experience was initially daunting but has shaped me into a confident and enthusiastic speaker. I also have delivered two Q&A sessions for my sister’s high school IB class.
• Entertained after-school activities in my primary school – combining science and music to engage with children and approach science creatively.
• Communication: Languages spoken fluently include English (Mothertongue), French and Italian (Second native languages, with appropriate academic qualifications).
• Knowledgeable in History and English and French literature. Awarded a high 6 out of 7 in History Higher Level in the IB diploma, I am very passionate about history. Awarded a 6 and 5 in literature (English and French respectively) and having read over 13 literary texts throughout the IB diploma, I am fascinated by literature.
• Music: I play multiple instruments and was part of my school’s band for 6 years before moving onto the Rock U association (in Paris) where I was the drummer for the headlining band for 2 years.
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