With being a passionate advocate for youth involvement in the political sphere, Lausanne Senior Isabel Kagoo '21 pursues changing the field of politics as we know it. From her first day as a Lynx in second grade, Isabel has gravitated towards opportunities that allow her to use her voice and evoke change within her community.
Throughout her time in Upper School, the senior has participated in many extracurricular activities that center around the idea of community engagement. As President of Lausanne's chapters of Model United Nations, National History Day and Editor-in-Chief of Lausanne's annual literary magazine, PRISM, Isabel is an essential figure in the Lausanne community. While holding numerous leadership positions in her extracurricular commitments, the senior has also earned countless academic accomplishments, including induction into the National Honor Society.
As a Full International Baccalaureate Student, Isabel '21 believes that the program has allowed her to discover her passions and future ambitions.
"The IB program has encouraged me to take my interests in the classroom and apply these interests in a real-world context." Isabel Kagoo '21 says. "The work that the IB demands has pushed me to be a better global citizen, someone who is more mindful of their actions and the impact that they have in the surrounding environment and allowed me to find my passion in political and issue-based advocacy."
Isabel's drive for increasing youth voices within politics has led her to impressive accomplishments and experiences. This past year, the Lausanne senior created and chaired the 'TN High Schoolers for Biden Organization' and worked as a Field Intern on the 'Jon Ossoff for Senate' Campaign. With always having a busy and packed schedule, Isabel is thankful for Lausanne's faculty for supporting her efforts and ambitions.
"The support of the faculty is what I love most about Lausanne," said Isabel. "There have been numerous days where I've had to miss class for a conference or other extracurricular events, but I always know that I can count on my amazing teachers to not only support my endeavors and provide guidance but to also help me thrive academically."
The Lausanne Senior credits the IB Program for playing a pivotal role in her development throughout her time in Upper School.
"The globally-centered curriculum is by far one of my favorite aspects that have been critical to my development as a young adult," said Isabel. "I was raised to view diversity and global perspectives as a necessity and vital addition to the mindset I hold and continue to seek in the future".
As Isabel prepares to graduate this spring and leaves her Lynx Family, she treasures the moment she left her physical mark on the Lausanne with her native country's flag, Sri Lanka, installed on campus.
"When I started my journey at Lausanne, I became the first student of Sri Lankan descent," said Isabel. "This meant that the Sri Lanka flag would be installed to honor my heritage. To this day, the flag still hangs from the dining hall and serves as a reminder of the diversity that I contribute daily to the Lausanne community."
Wherever Isabel Kagoo decides to continue her studies in the future, we know that she will be a force to be reckoned with on any college campus.
This senior profile was written by Justice Crawford '21.