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86. Christine Kjellberg (LGB 1954)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi 15 décembre 2014
Christine Kjellberg1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
I spent five years from 1949.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father started working at WHO, being a Scandinavian doctor who knew French, which was rather unusual at that time. So my mother and my brothers and myself, we all moved to Geneva and lived in Avenue Kreig, in the first high-rise building in that area.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Robert Stump who taught art, theatre and ballroom dancing. The cafeteria of today in La Grande Boissière was then a place for daily assemblies and a stage for theatre productions. Madame Wend, who taught French; since I make no mistakes in grammar or spelling, she was a good pedagogue. Monsieur Briquet, who taught English, was a kind and funny teacher. He named his daughter after me – I think.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
It was probably the Internat, which I would have loved to be living in, away from strict parents – sorry Daddy! And the Terrace des Marronniers.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The vineyards, a new phenomenon for us Nordic people, and Montreux by the lake.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live in Stockholm and participate in a fair-trade shop, where all the objects are produced outside Sweden. This is to keep up with the multi-cultural ideas from Ecolint. I also enjoy speaking Swedish, my mother tongue, which has remained dormant for so many years. My children do not speak it.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Top priority? Have excellent teachers and encourage the students to STUDY. We had too much fun in my time!

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Study, enjoy life and be aware that you are very privileged. Keep your FRIENDS. This demands that you give back, which I suppose most of us do.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
To meet students and teachers from the whole world; learn languages; understand that we are all the same in feelings and aspirations. And meeting my husband Nicolas at school. I think Ecolint stays in my life as the most important palce and also from where my best friends are, still today.

 


 

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