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When you think about your time at TASIS, what immediately comes to mind?
First thing that comes to mind is the view. From just about anywhere in just about any direction...it never gets old.
What was your favorite spot on campus?
Favorite spot on campus as a student was the ping pong table near De Nobili...a good meeting point and great people watching spot.
As part of the staff, favorite spot is the Casa Fleming garden because you know you're at a well-hosted party.
Tell us some of your best-loved memories.
Every Ski Week was a highlight of the year for sure. Outward bound in grade 10 was really special too. My love for the mountains was definitely born in and around Lugano.
One time Brody Fredericksen and I hiked Monte Boglia on a random weekend day. It's always nice to spend time with a teacher/dorm parent just as normal people and break away from that strictly student-teacher vibe. I think TASIS is a good place for those rich relationships with people.
Above all I think walking around the Collina d'Oro might top the list. I used to go for walks almost every day...by myself, with a girl, or whoever. There's so many great spots to just stop and have a seat for a while. Lots of beautiful views, tiny trails, and dogs to meet along the way up there. I love coming back in the summers and checking in with the village dogs.
Who were your favorite teachers?
Lots of favorite teachers.
Angie Broeckel definitely gave me the travel bug.
Brody Fredericksen made me work hard, or at least taught me why working hard is important.
Mario d'Azzo is easily the happiest, most friendly human I know...he only ever has positive things to say.
Kim and John Nelson were (and still are) like another set of parents to me, for which I'm super grateful. It has always been nice to have that sense of family over there. Their kids are all right too I guess!
Describe your life today. How did your time at TASIS impact your life since graduation?
Life today is great. I'm living and working abroad, and trying to see as much of the world as I can. My time at TASIS really turned me on to traveling and seeing new places and people. Between living with my teachers/dorm parents and now being a part of the Summer Program, I've also realized how much I enjoy teaching and working with all kinds of people. I'm not sure if I'll work in the classroom forever, but I'll certainly use what I'm learning as a teacher my whole life.
I think the biggest thing I've taken away from TASIS is a real appreciation for beauty and the aesthetic of whatever place I'm in. MCF's big idea was so simple...people will flourish if they're surrounded by beauty. I think that's pretty much how it went for me as a student there, and it's a huge part of what brings me back every summer to work. I've definitely sought and found lots of beautiful places since graduation, but it's hard to compare anything to life on that hill.