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.
Daisy Bachofen '20 (USA) plans to seek a degree in Creative Media at University of Hawaii following a gap year and ultimately hopes to be a filmmaker and run her own business. She also considered offers from ESRA International Film School, American University of Paris, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Hawaii Pacific University, and University of Tampa.
A High Honors student who speaks English and French and is learning Italian, Daisy excelled in the arts over the course of her three years at TASIS. She earned a 4 on the AP 2-D Art and Design exam and was a very productive member of the Journalism and Video Production Internship team, creating a number of excellent films that highlighted various aspects of school life. Among other projects, she chronicled the 2018 Fall Academic Travel trip to the Azores, the 2019 International Food Fair, and the 2019 Ski Adventure. She worked closely with professional filmmaker Milo Zanecchia ’08 to create a Dorm Life video that has amassed more than a million views on YouTube.
Daisy was also a huge part of the Opsahl Global Service Program. She served on the student-directed Service Learning Board, was part of the School’s inaugural trip to Moldova in 10th grade, spent two amazing weeks in Nepal in 11th grade, and planned to return to Nepal her senior year before the trip was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shortly after her graduation in May 2020, Daisy answered the following questions about her three years at TASIS The American School in Switzerland.
Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
Completely. I feel like TASIS does a perfect job at the things that really matter, such as extracurricular activities, travel, and teaching students to understand different cultures. Most importantly of all, my experience living in the dorm has given me a real advantage as I head off to college.
Did the College Counseling Office influence your path and/or help you achieve your goals?
Ms. Birk helped me find something that was realistic for me. I wanted to go somewhere tropical, so I figured going to University of Hawaii and studying Creative Media would perfectly suit my goals in life!
What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
I would definitely say the Global Service Program. Helping others not only made me realize how happy it makes them but also helped me understand all the opportunities we have as privileged high schoolers. It’s helped me be more grateful for the smallest things and find joy in them.
What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
I won’t soon forget AP US History—with Mr. White and the funny things he says, like “Let’s rock this jam”—Environmental Systems and Societies with Ms. Chan and Ms. Bassett, and IB Business Management with Mr. Diviani.
What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
I will really miss the dorm life and all the great friends I made.
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?
This is completely what sets us apart from any other generation. It brought us closer together, and now we will be unstoppable because if we have gone through this, we can handle anything.