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Alumni Spotlight: Pau Brugal Climent '20

Spanish-born Pau Brugal Climent '20 attended ASB on two occasions, the first in Grades 2-4 and the second in Grades 7-12. Today Pau is studying Philosophy at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
Pau Brugal Climent
Pau Brugal Climent

Spanish born Pau Brugal Climent ‘20 attended ASB on two occasions, the first in elementary school (G2-4) and the second in secondary school (G7-12). He spent grades 5-7 attending a public school in New York City, where his family had relocated following his father’s work. “The transition was not as hard as I expected. Both schools had similar teaching philosophies and were very diverse. Returning to Spain was easier, though; my family all live in Spain, and I still had many friends at ASB.”

Pau is currently studying for a degree in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. “I remember taking an elective philosophy class with Mr. Alberto - I really enjoyed the class and learning about different philosophers. It definitely sparked my interest in my degree choice and motivated me to investigate more on my own.”

Pau reflects positively on his two-year IBDP experience. “Looking back and now having done one semester at university, I appreciate how much the IB prepared me. The level of discipline that you need to have to complete the IB is a solid preparation for the level of discipline you need for university - as well as a good work ethic and effective study habits.”

Currently living in student halls, Pau is studying remotely this year. “I go to the university library every day. It’s big and always open, and I enjoy doing my online classes there. It’s a bit like an office job, but I like it because it diversifies my day, and I know this way of learning is only temporary.”

Outside of study, Pau has had the opportunity to see some of his new homeland by biking around the numerous bike routes and taking short trips to neighboring cities like Edinburgh and Sterling.

Pau fondly remembers the learning environment at ASB. “My relationship with all my teachers was great. I know they weren’t just there to get through the curriculum but from a real desire to teach us. The teachers connected with us and wanted to teach us. There was a real family feel that made the learning much more enjoyable and engaging.”

When asked for advice for ASB high school students, Pau reflects, “My advice would be to put everything in perspective. The IB is important and but it is one of many stages in your life. Try to reduce some of the pressure on yourself, and you’ll do much better.”

Once a Lynx, Always a Lynx!
#Lynx4Life #ASBtogether

Contributed: January 2021


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