During Founders’ Week at Shanghai American School, we celebrate the day we first opened our doors on September 17, 1912 by featuring some of the people who have walked through those doors since. Like Nikita Danilov ’15, who came to SAS in fifth grade in 2008.
“Being an Eagle means being a part of a community that offers you endless opportunities,” says Nikita. “To me, this is the biggest thing…the connection I have with SAS alumni from all around the world.” It’s not just the connections themselves that Nikita appreciates – it’s the help that he derives from those connections. “It’s great how we all keep in touch and help each other with businesses and projects,” he continues. “It’s absolutely amazing being a part of this.”
Nikita references an old incident that really demonstrates the strength of those bonds. “I started my first company when I was 20,” he says, going on to outline that he eventually had to seek out legal services. Thankfully, his fellow Eagles rose to the occasion and were able to point him towards the best course of action. “They were able to help me find a really good attorney.”
Ultimately, the situation was resolved positively, and Nikita has since moved on to a whole host of other projects that span the fields of healthcare and dropshipping softwares. To call himself busy is a bit of an understatement. “It’s what I miss the most about being a student actually…being carefree!” he says with a laugh.
“This is why I want to emphasize to students to not spend ALL their teenage years studying,” he adds. “There will be plenty of stress when you’re an adult, so don’t pile too much on yourself when you’re still a student.”
He goes on to emphasize the importance of being adventurous and being willing to explore and seek out hobbies and projects. “It’s important to get good grades of course, but it’s also equally important that you (use the time that you have now to) find what you’re passionate about doing for the rest of your life.”
BONDS. EVERY DAY AT SAS.