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Omar Sherbini?

Omar Sherbini - Years at the German School: Preschool – grade 12 (HS Graduation 2007)

1. Mr. Sherbini, what does your life look like today?

Though it has been many (many) years since I left the DSW, I haven’t abandoned my Maryland roots. I live in Baltimore now and am working on my Masters in Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University. I also work in a neurology lab, where I am researching stroke prevention and treatment. Between school and work, there isn’t much time for anything else! So that’s my life, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

2. What is your best memory of your time at the DSW?

This one is tricky, but I would have to say graduation. I will admit, it was difficult to stand on that stage in the Aula and say goodbye to the DSW. After all, the school had basically been my second home since preschool. However, I found myself surrounded by my closest friends; people that I had known for a year, or a few years, or even more than a decade. Standing shoulder-to-shloulder with them on that stage, I realized that we had all made this journey together and arrived at that pivotal point in our lives together. That was what made graduation such a special day at the DSW.

3. What life lessons did you learn at DSW?

My time at the DSW laid the groundwork for who I am today. I could make a list of values and life skills that I developed in the course of my time there, but for the purposes of this interview, I will focus on one: Autonomy. From a very young age, my peers and I were taught to think critically about issues. Our teachers pushed us to ask questions, to do our own research, and to come up with our own conclusions on the issues. I did not realize this until after I graduated, but the ability to think critically is a surprisingly rare skill. The DSW gave us the opportunity to become independent thinkers by the time we graduated, and I think it’s safe to say that we are all the better for it.

4. What advice would you give to the new generation of DSW students?

Carpe Diem! I may run the risk of sounding terribly cliché, but this is actually very important. Opportunities are not common in life, and when one does come along, seize it! Some opportunities may seem amazing, some may seem rotten, but the point is that you cannot predict what might come of an opportunity down the road. You don’t know what doors even the most unimpressive opportunity might open for you. You might like to think that you can predict that, but it is simply not true. You really never know! Just remember to always put your best foot forward; chances are you will be pleasantly surprised.


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