It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Isabel  

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Isabel  

Throughout the year we will be focusing on Senior students’ lives and futures. The seniors at TIDE Academy come from a variety of places and bring with them diverse personalities.As the grade 11/12 History and Community Internship teacher, I am gifted with the wise words of the seniors daily and excited to share them.

Today, we focus on Isabel. Isabel is one of our short-term students, who joined our team for the first semester this year. We sat down and talk to her about academics, advice for future short-term students and her future.

Isabel is highly academic and driven to achieve her education goals. She came to Costa Rica to explore Costa Rica and experience a different culture. Isabel is involved in multiple extracurricular activities such as Dance Academy, Surf Academy and is part of The Little Mermaid production (stay tuned). To achieve her goals, Isabel works hard, stays organized and volunteers to help her apply for scholarships to get into college.

A few words of wisdom from Isabel about succeeding in school and in life:

  1. What skills did you learn in high school?

You don’t have to have your whole life figured out. Just learn to love your life, the way it is. People stress about future things so much, and it makes them miserable. Learn to live in the moment and to appreciate the little things.

  1. What advice would you give to the lower grades at TIDE Academy?

Ask questions! It helps you understand more of what you’re learning and appreciate your teachers more.

Just have fun. Go see all the amazing parts of Costa Rica, and be grateful for every part of it, because nothing can substitute experience.


  1. When you look back on your life in 50 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?

Success has a different connotation nowadays, people think of it as following a path that everyone else has done before you (go to college, get a job, marriage, kids, etc.). However, the thing that I want most is to be completely content and satisfied with my life. I want to be happy with myself no matter how big my paycheck.

Although Isabel is unsure as to what she wants to do for a career she is determined to get into college. Her dream job would involve working remotely on her computer, so she can travel wherever she wants.

If you see Isabel, please be sure to talk to her about her role as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, her time in Costa Rica and get to know her bubbly personality.