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Alumni Anecdotes: Sebastian Kammermayer

23 Nov 2021
Germany | Netherlands
Alumni News

Alumni Anecdotes is our series showcasing the bright portfolio of BIS Alumni - where they both reminsice about their experiences at the school and provide valuable insights on studying, working and more. This week - Sebastian Kammermayer.


Sebastian attended BIS from 2006 until graduating in 2019. After graduating from BIS, he's been studying Soil, Water, Atmosphere at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He also sang in the Bayerische Staatsoper for over four years while attending BIS, and takes stunning pictures of storms and other adverse weather on his Instagram page.

 

How did BIS prepare you for university life?

"That's a good question – I think just by teaching me the foundations – which you can then build up upon. So for example, how to study, or thinking critically, or being open-minded. When I was smaller, I always thought how silly these things were, but [then you realise] they're all actually true.

When I think back, i'm so grateful for all of the things that I've learned there. It's just not like I can point at that one subject and say oh that one subject has prepared me this and this for university. But it's the whole collective, the whole story, every teacher interaction, the mentoring, the support, and knowing the structure of this way of learning.

All of this, the abudance of information about there, has prepared me for university life and I'm so grateful and happy that I went to BIS."


Did you think at school you would be doing what you do now?

"To be honest, yes! I'm studying Soil, Water, Atmosphere at Wageningen University. I've always wanted to study something to do with weather – well not always - it crystalised 10th grade or so – so only at the later stages.

The school gave me the freedom to develop my own personal space that I could explore my passions and I found that really really nice. That's how I found the thing that really makes me me, and that's what I can study now, so I'm really happy."


What made BIS special to you?

"For me more the people that are there – both a mixture of seeing so many different cultures – and also me interacting with them, contributed to that open-mindedness that I mentioned before. Also the atmosphere, this friendly, learning, and very supportive atmosphere, where everyone is there for each other and you can always ask questions, and you have freedom basically.

Freedom is one of the most important traits, you know, of human beings, and the freedom to explore is one of the most valuable assets you can have, and I think that's one of the main aspects that made BIS stand out from other schools."


What do you miss most about BIS?

"If I think back, I would probably say having the structure – day in and day out where you don't need to worry about what you will do, what you have to organise, you have the structure – at university you're more responsible, which is also good, but at BIS you got taken care of really well and had an organised day, which fitted well with content (in terms of other classes) so that's what I really miss the most."


What was your favourite subject and why?

"That's a difficult one! I think actually my favourite subject was Chemistry – I had an amazing teacher who was so kind and who taught me so many things, not just Chemistry related but life-related. We're still friends today, even though I haven't spoken to her in a quite some while, we got along really well and it didn't feel like a student-teacher relationship – and I got a feeling that everything was just right with this [subject]."


Which grade was your favourite and why?

"That's more difficult I think! I'll go for tenth grade, because there I first discovered my [aforementioned] passion and that was the grade when I first became fully myself and independent, and I just remember being really happy coming to school.

It was also all the different things we did: like the personal project, writing the report and learning so many things. It was the grade where I learned the most and I grew the most as a person.


What do you do from day to day at university?

"I wake up early in the morning most days, university starts at 7:50, we have class for a few hours, then a lunch break and then we are done between 15:00 and 17:00. Normally we have lectures and tutorials, some more theory, some more practical – where we apply the knowledge we learned from the lectures, which is a really advanced way to take in and digest the knowledge that's being taught."


What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the field you're studying in?

"My first advice is to know your passion or who you are as a person. I know that's a difficult thing, but if you have a feeling that oh this is something that you really like, like I don't know water, or something in the sciences, just explore and go for it, you can never make a mistake if you're brave and try out something new.

 

And if you fail, then you know at least, okay it doesn't work – that's also an answer. Then you just get up and dust yourself off and try something new. That's a method that works for anything in life and that's something anyone can apply to find their way and to just be happy."


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

"Where as in which country or where as in personal location!

Interesting question – I think in ten years I see myself in some Nordic country, something really cold, Antarctica or the Arctic, to measure or evaluate the climate change interaction between poles and middle latitudes! Something like that.

I can also see myself having my own company in climate technology or climate mitigation, something of that sort! The future is of course never clear, but it's something I have a feeling about :)"


If you've got a story to tell and you'd like to be featured in the future on Alumni Anecdotes, please get in touch at alumni@bis-school.com

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