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When you think about your time at TASIS, what immediately comes to mind?
The feeling when you first get to the taxi to Lugano and start to recognize the place, and when you come to Montagnola, and then turn to the right and here comes the checkered-coloured building...at this bend in the road, I always start to cry. And then you run for your life to see if anybody from the past year is already here, and you hug Mr. Topodas, and the whole day is full of joy and belonging and recognition of what you know.
What was your favorite spot on campus?
The secret stairs that led from Palestra to the village [where Lanterna is now - Ed.], and the magnolia tree.
Tell us some of your best-loved memories.
The main one is the story of the reunion that happened three years in a row, when a big group of us got together—people from the USA, Kuwait, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and another girl from Russia.
Who were your favorite teachers?
Mario D'azzo! I studied italian with him for two years and still most of my usage of Italian comes from this time. He is a magician.
Describe your life today. How did your time at TASIS impact your life since graduation?
Nowadays I’m a 23-year-old graduate from Moscow State University, where I studied Geography. Since I fell in love with Switzerland after my TASIS experiences, I spent a year in Geneva but decided to come home. I graduated early (when I was 20) and worked for two years after as an art manager. Then I started to work at children’s camps as a counselor and fell in love with the process. So now I'm writing my Master's diploma on teenage psychological specialties. TASIS played a huge role in inspiring me to go this route.