“By viewing technology from a different light, we can see that the subject also focuses on analysing how technology impacts and shapes the world around us.” With her goal to one day be in an ethicist role that helps to regulate and analyse the impacts of technology’s constant innovation, Meja Stalberg has received an offer to study at the University of Amsterdam, studying Media and Information. This course concerns the societal, economic, cultural and ethical impacts of emerging technology, as well as the transformation of media. Meja explained that her Information Technology in Global Societies (ITGS) course at Bangkok Patana encouraged her to stay “updated with real-time technology”, which provided her the opportunity to “apply [her] theoretical knowledge to real life situations”.
In her nine years at Bangkok Patana School, Meja’s highlight was her Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award sailing trip in Phuket, as she said “[I had] to collaborate with so many people that I didn’t usually interact with”. She was also involved with the UNICEF CAS project, because she is passionate about “helping kids in need of education” and that she “loved working directly with the children, reading to them and helping them to develop key educational skills”. Meja said that she will miss “the close-knit community at Bangkok Patana, especially the relationships that [she] has developed with peers and teachers”. She added, “I’ll miss the honest feedback and constant encouragement that they gave me as it always helped me push myself further and consistently try my best in everything I decided to do.” Her proudest achievement, other than being accepted into the University of Amsterdam, was receiving a Foundation Board Award for Most Outstanding Progress from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.
When she was young, Meja wanted to become an actress and although her aspirations have since changed, performing has remained close to her heart. Theatre was one of her favourite (I)GCSE courses, through which she developed future-ready skills including public speaking and collaboration. Meja was also pleasantly surprised by her TOK course as it helped her to appreciate the importance of various perspectives, an important mindset to maintain in the study of ethics. Looking ahead, Meja is excited for the independence of living in a new country and to make new friends at university. Ranked number one on the QS World University Rankings for Media and Technology studies, the University of Amsterdam is definitely an ideal choice for Meja’s Patana Pathway. Congratulations, Meja!
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