Name : Lavinia Stopponi
What was the best thing about Sekolah Ciputra? Tell us something memorable from your time at Sekolah Ciputra.
Sekolah Ciputra was the only school with IB, which enabled me to finish my studies in order to go to University in Italy. Other schools did not offer this therefore I am grateful that Sekolah Ciputra helped me achieve my diploma.
My memorable moments were the sports days and the many performances that I took part of. It really helped students be more involved with school activities in order to build character and interact with one another.
Would you recommend Sekolah Ciputra to others? If yes, what would you say about it?
Yes, I would definitely recommend Sekolah Ciputra to others, especially expats. This is a wonderful school with a very high level of education because they offer International Baccalaureate Diploma, which is the requirement to enter the best Universities around the world. This diploma allows students to have a broader option of universities around the world.
Where did you go to university? What are you/did you study?
I went to three Universities – Universita La Sapienza in Rome Italy, John Cabot University (private American University) in Rome and lastly University of Salford Greater Manchester.
I graduated with a high 2.1 in Leisure and Tourism Management.
What did/do you expect to do after graduating?
After graduating I expected to get a job and kick start my career but this is a dream most undergraduates wish for. Before graduating I started a job as a Guest Relations Manager at the Crowne Plaza City Centre in Manchester.
Are you still doing that now? What kind of work do you do?
No, after a few months I realized this position was not for me. Hotels are nicer to stay at not to work in. I got a job in Sales in Bupa Insurance, one of the biggest private insurance companies in the UK. Lastly I started working for the UK government at a Corporate Travel Agency, which would have been my dream to build a career at but was unable to do so as I had to relocate to London.
In what way the school contribute to your job right now?
It helped structure my goals and objectives. It allowed me to sculpture my character and build the base of the person I am today.
What advice would you give to a graduating student?
Study, study, and study. Study hard and get the highest scores you can get. Be part of as many school activities as you can. If you have ideas, express them, be part of as many things as possible as they will be very good on your CV for your future. Also build a character because grades do not stand on their own, you will go far with good grade and a strong personality.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy many things: Reading, writing, knitting, cooking, watching movies, drawing, sports and my favorite is travelling.
Anything else you would like to share?
I would like to share that I recently got married with my best friend in July 2017. It is always nice to build your professional life but never forget of living it to the fullest!
I would like to thank Sekolah Ciputra and the teachers for the opportunity they gave me and will like to wish all the graduating students good luck and all the best for your future!