To some students, the School of Life is still a mystery.
Founded by Swiss-born British philosopher and author, Alain de Botton, and teacher and change-maker Sophie Howarth, the school operates worldwide and is devoted to developing emotional intelligence.
With international schools and stores across Europe, Australia, South America and East Asia, this global organisation is altering the way students think.
By answering the questions many students struggle with when moving to a new country, often dealing with the transition from high school to university or tackling unexpected life circumstances, it has become a trusted hub for helpful and motivational knowledge.
Philippa: “I think we should teach emotional intelligence at school. I think it would be more useful than geography.”
Alain: “In the meantime there is The School of Life.” #TSOLLIVE
— The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) March 12, 2019
How does it help international students?
The School of Life community is a great way to connect to like-minded individuals in a foreign city.
If you’re struggling to establish long-term friendships on-campus, the school has stores and cafes set up around the world to enable the development of emotional intelligence and introduce you to people in the city.
Tackling the dilemmas of study, work, relationships and culture, interactive classes are regularly held at 10 global schools in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Sydney and Taipei.
On Career Crises: “We often judge jobs by their beginnings – and therefore do certain careers a bad disservice, while overvaluing others. What the career looks like for the first five years may not be at all what it looks like later.”
— The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) November 30, 2018
For students suffering from anxiety and apprehension about the future, the school also helps debunk expectations and reassure them that everyone is in the same boat – something that their first source of education may have forgotten to address.
Classes at the School of Life are designed and taught by experts and include a mix of lecturse, conversation and group activities, based on curriculum made up of 12 classes and four workshops which encourage you to think deeply about the issues you face.
Knowing that the student budget might hold you back from enrolling in these classes, you can also visit the school’s YouTube channel for free and fluent advice.
What is Literature For?: “Literature can help us because, in many cases, it knows us better than we know ourselves, providing us with an account, more accurate than any we might have given, of what is likely to be going on in our minds.”
— The School of Life (@TheSchoolOfLife) February 15, 2019
With growing content and a flourishing community, it’s never to late to join this motivational movement.