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43. Victor Spielberg Verdejo (Nations 2011)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi, 17 octobre 2014
Victor Spielberg Verdejo1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Three Years (2008-2011).

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
Parents moved to Geneva for work, so I switched from the International School of Panama to Ecolint

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Andrew Coates. Aside from being a fantastic teacher and embodying a truly international perspective in his lesson plans, he was an outstanding mentor who pushed my ideas and thirst for knowledge beyond what I had ever experienced. More than wanting us to succeed in the final examination, he wanted to instill in us a love for learning and a fundamental curiosity about the world we live in.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
Drama classroom. The memories of “Instinct” rehearsals in that room and the long conversations with Doctor Johnson give such a warm glow to that room, that I can’t help but remember it fondly.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The bridge overlooking Jonction, where the two rivers meet. I remember this being a trek we’d make with some of my closest friends. We’d go to this beautiful spot in the spring or during the summer and talk about our worries, our ambitions, our (not infrequent) love problems. Sometimes we’d buy some food and go down to the river and have a picnic buy the water.  

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I am in my last year at Stanford University in the USA. Will be graduating with a double degree in International Relations and Theatre Studies. I am involved in a great deal of theatre productions on campus and hope to continue acting throughout my life. Also involved in activism groups on campus (LGBTQ, human rights, anti-war, minority rights) and continue live with a sense of duty towards social justice issues.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Going further than the IBO in promoting a global education, and ensuring accessible means of education for a larger demographic. STEM fields are the new craze, and while important, I’d like to see Ecolint focus more on the value of the arts.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
The diversity in your school is something you will seldom find in the rest of your life. Take advantage of it, get to know each other and learn from everybody!

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Comparing stories with other college students makes me realize the incredibly nurturing environment Ecolint provided for me. The combination of excellent educators, encouraging mentors, and diversity of backgrounds within the student body created a cohesion between everybody that shaped my worldview and influenced my personality in ways that I am still discovering. I think my love for theatre specifically can be traced back to Ecolint, and to Doctor Johnson. It is such an integral part of my life and I would not have that were it not for my time at Nations.



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