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Service Leader a Perfect Fit for Duke
Posted 08/02/2016 11:25AM

Carmen Alban ’16 (United States) is headed to Duke University after selecting the academic and research powerhouse over Northwestern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, and Southern Methodist University.

Carmen excelled both in and out of the classroom at TASIS, achieving 41 points on her International Baccalaureate exams while also captaining the Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Tennis team, serving as a Dorm Proctor and a student leader of the WISER Global Service Learning Group, and making a strong contribution to the theater program.

With a number of academic strengths and interests, Carmen plans to pursue a Liberal Arts degree at Duke. She cites TASIS teachers from three different disciplines—Economics (Steve Moon), English (Peter Locke), and Science (Amy Bloodworth)—as major influences. “They are all so excited about teaching and love what they do,” she said. “It's contagious. I look forward to their classes and feel that I'm truly learning something, not just memorizing facts for an exam.”

“I have found a second family here and will be sad to leave.”

At the 2016 Commencement Ceremony, Carmen received both the Excellence in History Award and the Jan Opsahl Service Award, and her devotion to serving others played a major role in her decision to attend Duke. “My service trip to Kenya changed my outlook on many things,” she said. “I have become so passionate about the school WISER that I plan on continuing to work with it during my years at Duke, which also has a service program that helps this same school in Muhuru Bay.”

Anyone who studies or works at The American School in Switzerland falls in love with the beauty of the campus and surrounding area, but Carmen reminds us it’s the TASIS community that leaves an indelible mark.

“I will miss the people the most,” she said. “Not only have my friends become a huge part of my life, but also the teachers and dorm parents. I have found a second family here and will be sad to leave.”       


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