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Michael Jordan '87
Posted 01/28/2016 12:39PM

When you think about your time at TASIS, what immediately comes to mind?

The first thing that comes to mind is how extremely fortunate and grateful I am to have attended TASIS, a place where the international environment opened my mind, where I matured and became more self-reliant through independent travel, where I grew academically, and where the physical beauty continually took my breath away.

What was your favorite spot on campus?

When I attended TASIS, the campus was much smaller than it is today. I really enjoyed the walk along the Collina d’Oro down past the church where there were spectacular views of Mt. San Salvatore as well as the valley mountains cascading down to Lake Lugano.

Tell us some of your best-loved memories.

Corviglia, Corvatsch, and Piz Nair are the names of the mountains and peaks where I really learned to ski. TASIS’s two-week winter program in St. Moritz was a truly special time. We spent the early morning in classes, late morning at ski lessons, and all afternoon on the slopes. We were given ski passes to all the slopes and the hotel had an indoor pool encased in glass walls that allowed swimmers to see the snowy environment outside.

But beyond the excitement and fun of skiing were the close bonds that were cemented between us on the slopes, at the ski chalets, at dinner, and in the town. We were always sharing these incredible experiences together, a chapter of life none of us will ever forget.

Who were your favorite teachers?

Mr. Greenwood was my Advanced Placement Physics teacher. His unique teaching style stirred my interest in the subject, and I was able to learn a great deal. Eventually, I was awarded the TASIS Physics Prize in my senior year.

Describe your life today. How did your time at TASIS impact your life since graduation?

My career has taken me to South America, Africa, and the Middle East, and I have spent many more years working abroad than in the United States, my home country. TASIS stimulated my interest visiting new countries and engaging new cultures and that is something I still carry with me to this day.

But most importantly, my son will be graduating from TASIS in 2016, and that speaks most clearly of the impact the school has had on my life.

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