Jannat Aun Alkhanizi completed her A-Levels at Sedbergh School, UK before going on to pursue a BSc in Urban Planning, Design, and Management at University College London. Being the proud recipient of the Sedgwick Mathematics prize for two years in row, Jannat recounts her various accomplishments and life-lessons learned during her time at Sedbergh.
“My Boarding School experience allowed me to look at things from a new perspective, aspire for different things, and appreciate the fact that it barely rains in Bahrain,” says Jannat. She explains that she was the first Bahraini scholar to choose both Fine Arts and Design and Technology as part of her A-levels along with her other main three subjects. She says that boarding school allowed her to explore her interests, introduced her to a variety of sports and hobbies, and build long lasting relationships with people from various backgrounds.
“I was able to pursue and develop my hobbies through my subjects and school activities. I designed a portable barbecue from zero, manufactured it and was even able to use it at a family BBQ party! But I was mainly interested in woodwork, so I designed and manufactured my own Arabesque style table and a Seljuk inspired jewellery box with a matching key design and lock mechanism. Being the only one of my sisters who played with Barbie dolls, I think being able to drive a drill, guide a router tool and use a saw without doing significant damage to my fingers is quite an accomplishment. I was also able to participate in my school’s Fine Art Show with the units I produced in the past year. I focused on Arabic Calligraphy, Islamic art and geometry and animals.”
“Being able to do that as well as win the school’s mathematics prize for the second year on a row, make friends from all over the world, start sport hobbies, and develop musical interests are what will make my time in Sedbergh School always memorable.”
Jannat also spent one month in Barcelona, Spain with a host family this summer to learn Spanish and experience the country’s rich culture and heritage. She attended the Don Quijote language school and explored the city during her free time, visiting museums, parks, and major landmarks.
“I stayed in Barcelona for one month, living with a host family because I wanted the full experience: art, culture, language and food! This experience not only benefited me for my university degree (as I get an elective language course) but also gave me an insight to the Spanish (and Catalan) cultures and way of life.”