Alumni Voices: Martin Serrano's Passion for Sports

After leaving ISP where did you go on to study?

Right after graduating from ISP, I went on to study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  I am currently in the fourth and final year of the Sports and Recreation Management programme.

How do you feel ISP helped prepare you for higher education?

ISP and the IB diploma truly helped with my organization and time management skills that are essential in succeeding in higher education. Being able to plan out all assignments throughout a semester can make a true difference between being quite stressed or well prepared once exam time comes around. 

In my program, during the first week of class, we are told what assignments are to be studied during the semester and we are given guidelines to understand such assignments. However, it is up to the students to plan out our time accordingly and be ready to present topics or take exams once the date arrives. Lastly, being able to manage time wisely and being organized throughout the semester has allowed me to travel to many countries throughout my four years at University. I've visited countries such as Ireland, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, Italy, and even India. These trips have been an ex exceptional experience!

What do you do now? How do you feel ISP helped prepare you for that?

I am currently a full-time student at Uni Edi. Currently, I am in the process of starting my undergraduate thesis and must submit a proposal to the Sports Management Programme director later this month. 

ISP has prepared me well for the four years at University for the reasons mentioned above. In terms of my upcoming thesis, I am quite confident in doing very well. I can add that the extended essay I completed during the IB program helped very much. Although difficult at the time, the extended essay exposed me to the realities of research projects. It taught me what research methods worked best for me and what overall skills I needed to strengthen. 

What is your fondest memory of ISP?

I studied at ISP for only three years and reflecting on my time there, it is quite difficult to pick only one memory. Needless to say, being part of one of the most successful soccer teams in our school's history is up there on my list. However, I do have to say that my fondest memory at ISP was being part of the community itself. As a new student in 10th grade, I was truly welcomed from day one and this made it much easier to transition from my previous school. The relationship between teachers and students is unique and definitely stands out. This atmosphere helps students throughout their time at ISP. Similarly, with so many activities being offered, every student is able to find his or her place in the community and feel comfortable in spite of different interests as we all become ISP 'Dolphins'. 

What plans do you have for the future?

Like many students in their final year at University, I plan on joining the workforce. The 'where' is the bigger question. Brexit may have a heavy influence on whether I stay or not. However, I would really like to stay in the UK and start my career in football (soccer). This sport is my passion and my ultimate dream is to work my way up in a Premier League team, which is the best in the world. Therefore, I am in the right place right now!

Similarly, heading back to the US where I was born is of great interest to me as I can continue growing football within the US. 

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