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33. Jessica Walsh (La Chât 2002)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi, 3 octobre 2014
Updated: lundi, 6 octobre 2014
Jessica Walsh1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Five years – I entered in the 5th Grade in 1993, and left at the end of 9th Grade in 1998. I spent the first four years in the English section, and the last year in the French section.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My dad worked for La Roche at the time and was transferred from Basel to Geneva.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Mme Forneris. She taught French language and literature at Secondary level in the French Section. In 1997, my parents decided that they wanted me to continue my education in French and moved me to the French Section. I did not speak any French at the time but Mme Forneris was wonderfully supportive and taught me to love la langue de Molière. Her confidence in my ability to overcome that language barrier has given me a self-assurance that I keep to this day.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The little river/stream running through the campus. At the age of 10-11, me and my friends would spend our lunchtime breaks “exploring” the little forest and building bridges across the river. Thanks to our very vivid imagination, we may as well have been exploring the Amazon.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
All along the lake, from the vineyards near Montreux to the lakeside gardens in Geneva. They say there is something soothing about water, and this must be all the moreso when surrounded by breaktaking mountain scenery.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I am based in Guildford, just south of London (although I am replying to this questionnaire from Buenos Aires). I am currently a PhD candidate researching judicial disciplinary procedures in Argentina. I had previously qualified as a lawyer in the UK, but due to my love for exploring the world, I couldn’t contain myself to working in only one legal system. Over the past 12 years I have studied and worked with the law in France, Germany, Spain, the UK, and now Argentina.  

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
To continue to educate its students in inter-cultural understanding and to encourage them to use this for good in their future careers.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
When you move on from Ecolint, keep in touch with the lessons in inter-cultural understanding and the people from all over the world that you met; it will help you find identity and meaning. However, please don’t limit your life to the international “bubble”. Instead, use your intercultural skills to interact with local cultures wherever you go, and never live somewhere without at least trying to learn the language!

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
It imbued a very deeply-rooted belief that we are all equals; until I left Ecolint, I thought that racism and xenophobia was the stuff of history books. That belief has profoundly affected both my personal relationships and my professional aspirations.



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