IMS has helped me become a better person and find out more about who I am. The teachers here are cool. In fact, it feels like a second home.
I wish people would know that you don’t have to be Mennonite to go to IMS. Everyone’s welcome!
IMS has pushed me both academically and spiritually. Because of this, I feel better prepared to go out into the world – to college and beyond. It’s more than just a caring school. The whole community is supportive and caring. You can easily see this at the extracurricular activities like dramas, academic and fine arts awards night, and any sporting events. The community is there, supporting and celebrating along with us. IMS is more than a school; it’s a family.
I have been to many schools and none has ever connected with me in my faith. Here at IMS I feel completely at home. I can share my faith with everyone and won’t be judged. Here at IMS we are more like a big family made up of friends.
I have never been to a school where everyone is accepted. At every school I’ve been to (and I’ve been to many!), there is always a popular “in” crowd. Here, I won’t find one. There is no “in” group because at IMS we’re all “in.”
I used to go to a big school and I didn’t feel comfortable like I do at IMS and I didn’t have the chance to be involved with activities like I do here. Other schools might have more people, but they don’t stick together like we do. Our student body is strong and close like a big family. Everyone knows each other and I like that.
Patrick is a 2008 graduate of IMS. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree (B.S. Physics & Astronomy, UI), Patrick was accepted to graduate school at Caltech. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Planetary Science and interning at NASA with the opportunity to do research with several of the world’s most powerful telescopes and the infamous Mike Brown, Professor of Planetary Astronomy at Caltech, otherwise know as the “Pluto-killer” when he uncovered the fact that Pluto doesn’t qualify as a planet. You can read more about Professor Brown here: Mike Brown on the web.
Patrick is grateful for the opportunities he had at IMS to try new things and become a well-rounded, confident person. He feels his IMS experience prepared him by developing the skills he needed to succeed in college and beyond. The individual attention he received from his teachers was crucial to develop those skills.
Patrick said what he would tell others about IMS is “High school isn’t always easy. But by going to IMS, I gained my closest lifelong friends and found a new place to call home, and I hope you will be able to say the same.”