How this King's College alumna is tackling period poverty

by King's College / 13 August, 2018
King’s College alumna Isabelle Smith.

King’s College alumna Isabelle Smith.

Auckland's King’s College gave Isabelle Smith the opportunity to explore and the skills to start a buy-one-give-one social enterprise tackling period poverty.

For alumna Isabelle Smith to describe her King’s College experience in a word, it would be ‘community’. When her parents suggested she attend the school, they wanted her to receive a progressive education, experience boarding and explore the range of extracurricular activities on offer.

“But ultimately, they left the decision up to me,” says Isabelle. “I’m certainly glad I decided to go. I loved my boarding experience, my housemates definitely made my time at King’s. I really enjoyed playing hockey and tennis, and had great teammates and coaches.

“I don’t think I was ever entirely sure what I wanted to be when I grew up,” she says. But King’s helped her become a well-rounded student – like most students at King’s, says Isabelle – and at university she studied law and science, discovering an interest in environmental law from the overlap between the two degrees.

Isabelle’s sense of community inspired her to start her own business while studying. Necesse offers a subscription tampon service that also provides organic cotton tampons to women in need with every order.

A winner of a prestigious Fulbright Graduate Award, in August Isabelle heads to Georgetown University in Washington DC to complete an LL.M, with the aim to work at the intersection of law, public policy and environment.

King’s College offers students like Isabelle a vast range of opportunities to develop their skills, interests and motivation, ultimately guiding them to make meaningful decisions about their future.

To find out more, visit kingscollege.school.nz

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