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24. Jonathan Merson (LGB 1995)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi, 22 septembre 2014

Jonathan Merson1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Fourteen years. Kindergarden through 13th grade.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father worked at the World Health Organization. The story goes that it was supposed to be a 3-year assignment, but it lasted sixteen.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Our primary school library teacher, my mother!  After that, there were many - can I pick one per school? In primary school Wendy Hunt, in middle school Shelly Price, and in high school Barry Smith. Their love of teaching, and of their subject matter, always shone through.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The basketball “court” between the Grand Batiment and the Salève. In the 90s it was really basic - just a pole, a board, and a metal rim - but it provided so many of us with endless hours of entertainment.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
It changed over time. As a young kid, probably the Rive McDonalds and the Molard video arcade. Later on, probably the lake, on a boat (any boat).

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live in Manhattan, where I work as a physician executive for a large health system. My wife works for the United Nations, also in New York.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Continue to provide great education to its current students. Strengthen its alumni network, through greater regional presence and use of technology to connect alumni back to the school and to each other.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Take plenty of time to consider where you will live after graduation from Ecolint. There are so many options- staying in Geneva, returning to your parents’ home country, going to the US/UK, and others. For many people, expectations don’t always match reality, so speak to as many people as you can, travel, shadow, etc

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Like most people I’m sure, I would say the cultural exposure, the language skills, the friendships - I got married at 36 and most of my groomsmen were from Ecolint!



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