Where Do TASIS Students Go To College?
Any student graduating from TASIS has earned, at a minimum, a standard US-accredited High School Diploma and can expect to gain admission to quality universities, particularly in the United States. Students who are driven to find a home at one of the world’s most selective universities can do so by pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma (as 49 of 109 students in the Class of 2020 did) or by taking a number of Advanced Placement courses and scoring highly on the corresponding exams. Students may further bolster their candidacy by performing well on standardized tests, writing excellent personal statements, securing strong reference letters, and exhibiting an impressive commitment to some combination of the arts, athletics, local and global service, and leadership positions on or off campus.
In short, there are many paths to success at TASIS. Below we examine the roads traveled by a number of recent graduates.
Talented artist Zoe Wang (China) ’20 will seek a degree in Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King’s College London after also considering offers from three other excellent schools in London: University College London (UCL), Goldsmiths University, and Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London.
Fluent in Chinese and English, Zoe completed a bilingual IB Diploma and earned 35 points on her Diploma Programme® assessment. As an IB Visual Arts student, she took full advantage of the state-of-the-art Şahenk Fine Arts Center and the opportunities provided by the School’s annual Spring Arts Festival. She also excelled as a runner throughout her final three years at TASIS, posting numerous top-three finishes at the European Sports Conference (ESC) and Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) championships for both cross country and track & field.
Zoe answered the following questions about her time at TASIS The American School in Switzerland soon after graduating in May 2020.
Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
I felt like my time at TASIS has definitely prepared me well for college. The past four years have been fast but extremely blessed ones, and I have undertaken challenges I never thought I would face. I have met great friends who I’ve shared laughter and shed tears with—trustworthy listeners to my rants and concerns. Academically, the many essays I've written in the International Baccalaureate program over the past two years have given me a leg up for the challenges I am about to face in college.
|“Academically, the many essays I've written in the International Baccalaureate program over the past two years have given me a leg up for the challenges I am about to face in college.”|
Did the College Counseling Office influence your path and/or help you achieve your goals?
Yes, my counselors have helped me a lot with choosing the most suitable path forward. Both Mr. Stickley and Mr. Birk (who is also my coach for running) have put forth a great deal of effort in talking to me to make sure I know where I am at.
What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
The various Academic Travel trips I’ve attended have allowed me to explore Europe more widely than I would have expected. Thanks to the trips, I've visited many of the cities I once dreamed about seeing. My three years of varsity running have also been a motivating experience, as this activity promoted my time management skills and helped me achieve my academic and physical goals while also making me a competitive individual.
What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
I will miss my friends the most. I’ll also miss living with my roommate and enjoying the relaxing environment of Lugano’s downtown.
Clearly this wasn't the way you and your classmates wanted to end your time at TASIS, but is there anything positive you can take away from this very difficult spring?
Yes, it is indeed a shame that I never said a proper goodbye to my friends, not knowing back in March that we would not be returning to campus and wouldn’t get to attend an official graduation ceremony. But distance learning was a new experience too, and my friends and I have gotten used to using Zoom to connect with each other.