After graduating from DIS in 2012, Sami Reme stayed close to home and attended UT-Dallas for his undergraduate education. His next step? Harvard. We interviewed the ccurrent grad student and found out what he is up to now at the world's foremost university.
What are you currently up to?
I am currently pursuing a Master's of Arts program with a concentration in finance at Harvard. I graduated with a BS in finance in 2016 from UT-Dallas.
How do you feel like Dallas International School prepared you for your college and graduate school experiences?
DIS prepared me very well for my studies and professional experiences. During my time at DIS I met students from all backgrounds and nationalities. I believe this experience has allowed me to observe different perspectives and experience multiple ways of thinking which has strengthened my analytical skills and judgment ability. DIS gives a fantastic start in life by providing incredible amounts of knowledge in a wide variety of different subjects, and this makes for a well-rounded individual. University will then allow you to distinguish what parts of a particular field you would like to work in and highlight which professions are more appealing to you within a particular industry.
What is the biggest difference between life at DIS and life at university?
The main difference between DIS and university is the level of autonomy and independence. In university no one will require you to do your work; it is all about your motivation and willingness to learn more about a given subject or do what is necessary to pass a class. In addition, college classes are usually larger and you will get to meet many students that have the same career interests as you do. Your close peers in university will often become people you will go to for advice and personal improvement.
What do you miss most about DIS?
I miss the close-knit community and sort of "family" atmosphere that is so emblematic of DIS. I made incredible friends there who, to this day, are still very close to me.
If you could give a piece of advice to the students at DIS, what would it be?
I really like this quote from Denzel Washington and it has stuck with me over the years in everything I do: "Don't be afraid to go outside of the box. Most importantly, don't be afraid to fail and dream big. Don't aspire to just make a living, aspire to make a difference."