Class of 2018 Flourishes in and outside the Classroom

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By any traditional measure of success within academia, the members of NIST’s Class of 2018 would excel. Throughout their time at the school, they distinguished themselves within their courses and on the IB exams, with the class earning an average of 35.3 compared to the global average of 30.0, and nearly a quarter reaching the 40-point mark, an achievement only one in ten students reach worldwide. They are now beginning their studies at respected universities around the world, from Berkeley and Oxford to the University of Melbourne and University of Tokyo. An incredible 43% of the offers extended to the graduates came from top 100 institutions.

Yet these young adults are defined by so much more than the scores they have earned or the universities they will attend. The Class of 2018 has rewritten the standard definition of success, broadening it and compelling others to reconsider the meaning of education.

In the past several years, learning at NIST has increasingly focused on the positive impact that individuals can have on the lives of others. This emphasis on service has led to long-term relationships with groups throughout Thailand and even beyond its borders, as students work alongside communities to identify needs and implementable sustainable solutions. While many of these efforts have been initiated by students across many years, the many members of the Class of 2018 have set a new standard.

Among the newest group of graduates are the founders of Priceless, a social enterprise that works with farmers in Roi Et to produce and sell organic rice. Their work so impressed Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau during a visit to NIST that he described it as “amazing”. Another who will be studying opera at an arts university in Berlin has long used her gifts in music to support literacy with Always Reading Caravan, encouraging young children to develop a love of reading. Others helped shape the student-operated, non-profit FairNIST Coffee Co. from a budding social venture into a thriving business that now collaborates with established companies across the country.

This global outlook and diversity is evident not only in their dedication to service, but also their academic pursuits. A keen sense of their cultural understanding is reflected by over half the class having earned a bilingual diploma. While many have enrolled in traditional programmes such as business, computer science and engineering, others are pursuing fields that focused on building communities: sustainability, environmental studies and public relations.

The list of accomplishments could continue, but capturing the vast range of individual successes and passions in a few words is a challenge for any class of graduates. At NIST it becomes more difficult by the year. The Class of 2018’s altruistic spirit, sense of camaraderie and dedication to empowering others has left a strong mark on our community, and we can only look forward to seeing what they will continue to accomplish in the future.


The members of the Class of 2018 will be attending the following universities:

Boston UniversityUndecided
Brandeis University Environmental Studies 
Burnett Honors College, University of Central FloridaPolitical Science 
Central Saint MartinsGraphic Design
Claremont McKenna CollegeEconomics & Sociology
Deakin UniversityExercise & Sports Science
Durham University Geography 
Erasmus University CollegeBiology
Erasmus University RotterdamBusiness Economics
Erasmus University RotterdamInternational History
Erasmus University RotterdamPsychology
Erasmus University RotterdamPublic Administration
Erasmus University RotterdamCommunication & Media
Friedrich Alexander University ErlangenMedicine
Full Sail UniversityComputer Animation
Georgia Institute of TechnologyComputer Science
Hochschule für Musik Hanns EislerVoice & Opera
International Christian University Liberal Arts
Kings College LondonNutrition
Kings College LondonBusiness Management
Korea University Biotechnology 
Loughborough UniversitySport & Exercise Science
Macquarie University Psychology & Primary Education 
Mahidol UniversityDentistry
McGill UniversityInternational Development Studies
Michigan State UniversityPsychology
Middlebury CollegePolitical Science 
New York UniversityMedia, Culture & Communications
New York UniversityGlobal Liberal Studies
Northeastern UniversityBusiness Administration
Northwestern UniversityPsychology & Radio/Television/Film
Pacific UniversityPsychology & Education
Parsons School of DesignFashion Design
Pennsylvania State University Computer Engineering
Pepperdine UniversityIntegrated Marketing & Communications
Pepperdine UniversityBusiness Administration
Rhode Island School of DesignIndustrial Design
San Diego State University Undeclared
Savannah College of Art and DesignDramatic Writing
Sophia UniversityEconomics
Sophia UniversityEconomics
Syracuse UniversityLiberal Arts 
Thammasat UniversityMedicine
The University of AucklandPsychology
Thompson Rivers UniversityCommunication & Public Relations
Trent University Education in Theatre 
Tufts UniversityEnglish/International Literary & Visual Studies
United States Naval AcademyAerospace Engineering
University College LondonChemistry
University College LondonHuman Sciences
University College LondonMechanical Engineering
University of Aberdeen Law with Business 
University of AmsterdamCommunication Science
University of BathSport & Exercise Science
University of BristolMathematics and Computer Science
University of British Columbia (UBC)Commerce 
University of British Columbia (UBC)Economics & Commerce
University of California, BerkeleyPhysics & Computer Science
University of California, BerkeleyElectrical Engineering & Computer Science
University of California, IrvinePsychology
University of California, Los AngelesFinancial Actuarial Mathematics
University of California, Santa BarbaraPre-Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of Edinburgh Interior Design 
University of ExeterBusiness Managment 
University of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignMechanical Engineering
University of KoreaBiology
University of MelbourneMechatronics Engineering
University of MelbourneMechanical Engineering
University of Melbourne Commerce 
University of New South WalesFine Arts
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillPolitical Science
University of Otago Sports Psychology 
University of OxfordPhilosophy, Politics & Economics
University of PennsylavaniaComputer Engineering
University of San DiegoInternational Relations 
University of SaskatchewanNursing 
University of Sussex Psychology 
University of Sydney Physiotherapy
University of TorontoCommerce
University of TorontoComputer Science
University of TorontoUndeclared
University of TorontoEconomics
University of TorontoComputer Science
University of WarwickLaw with Social Sciences
University of WashingtonBiology
University of WashingtonBiochemistry 
University of WashingtonHistory/Political Science
University of West LondonSound Engineering
University of Western AustraliaUndeclared 
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemical Engineering 
Vassar CollegePhilosophy & Sustainability
Vassar CollegeEconomics
Waseda UniversityCulture, Media and Society
Waseda University Political Science & Economics 
Yonsei UniversityArt Technology