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My name is Ilinca Sandu and I am a Year 12 student at the International School of Bucharest. I have been attending ISB for 13 years now, so it is basically my second home. I have always felt very comfortable at ISB, but throughout the years I had a feeling that there was something more that I needed to do to contribute to my school community. I felt like there were so many talented students that had such great potential, but were just not unleashing yet

When I was in Year 11, I fell in love with writing. I was actually looking into a career in journalism for a while, but I didn’t feel like there was any way to practice and actually execute all of the ideas that I had in mind. Slowly, I started to notice that many of my friends shared my passion, either specifically for writing, or the arts in one way or another. Each day I was pondering what to do, then I realized that I had all of the resources that I needed right in front of me, at school.

 After an ICT lesson I decided to speak to Mr Serdar Sakman, the ISB Director about my idea. Firstly, I asked him to allow students to write a few articles for Insight, and slightly hinted at the idea of starting a new magazine written and organized fully by students. Mr. Sakman loved the idea and overwhelmed me with his encouragement and support. Excitedly, I told my friends about it and they reacted with the same enthusiasm. I teamed up with 6 friends that were fully invested in this project as well - Christian David Sas, Aysenur Ozmen, Filip Constantinescu, Ana Katerina, Arsh Fatima and Daria Dinu, and the journey began. We had many meetings discussing the details, and that is how The Nest was born - the first fully student-run magazine at ISB. 

I won’t lie and say that starting off was easy. We were a group of year 12 students with no previous knowledge regarding running a school club, carrying out interviews, designing a magazine etc, and on top of that, the pandemic caused us many new problems. We had to fully transition our project to an online platform, and carry out all of our meetings and interviews online. We were all confused and frustrated at first, but slowly we started improving our skills, and this taught us a lot about perseverance and adapting to change.

We met up every single week without fail and discussed article ideas, website layouts, cover design and everything in between. After weeks of hard work we finally had a product that we were ready to present to the school. Now our website is finally up and running, and I am so proud of the work that me and my peers have put in. Our project is now expanding to a school podcast as well, so make sure to be on the lookout for that.

To conclude, I am so thankful for the full support and the time that our teachers have put into helping us, and I know that this is just the beginning of the journey. I advise every single ISB student to take initiative and talk with their teachers about any project that they are passionate about, as I am sure that they will be thrilled to help you and give you their full support, just like they did to us.

Please support us by viewing our website at and following us on Instagram @thenestisb!

Check out our first issue of The Nest Magazine! Many thanks to all who contributed with articles! 

Happy reading!