Felsted School awards King Constantine medal to Duchessa Paulato
Posted: 01 August 2019
Felsted School proudly awarded this year’s King Constantine Medal to Year 12 student Duchessa Paulato for service to the school and embracing the spirit of Internationalism through her exchange experience.
“To me Internationalism means having a better view of the world we live in,” explains Duchessa “Sometimes we forget that the world doesn’t end in your home country. There are so many people and places out there that can help you learn new things and can open your mind. It’s important to see “the bigger view” and seeing things from a different perspectives, because you might discover that what you think it’s not always correct. You can also find yourself, by learning new things, and discover who you really are.”
Duchessa’s took part in a four week exchange to Epsom College in Malaysia. She purposely picked a country and culture that she had little experience with to allow herself the opportunity to really step out of her comfort zone.
“It is amazing to have the possibility to travel to a country and learn about its culture,” says Duchessa “It is a unique opportunity that Round Square Schools offer you, because it enriches you as a person and it open new doors for your future.”
“Duchessa worked hard to demonstrate her commitment to the Round Square values throughout the entire course of the year,” says the schools RS Rep Daniel Emmerson “She has proved to be exemplary in engaging with other students in making the IDEALS more accessible across the school”
Duchessa will graduate Felsted in June 2020. She has aspirations to attend university and to continue her adventures; “the people I met on exchange inspired me, so now I know what I want to do with my life, and I understood how important it is to travel and to know people that are different from you. Travelling so far away from home helped me realise the person I am. I had a lot of time to think, and I discovered a lot of things about myself. This exchange helped me grow and become a better person and one that can accept diversity.”
“I want to go to university abroad, to study international business, and if possible to go again on an exchange to a place I have never been to. After university I would love to travel again to Asia, because I fell in love with the Asian continent after my exchange.“