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45. Julia Raths (LGB 2005)

Posted By Alumni Office, jeudi, 23 octobre 2014
Julia Raths1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
From 4th Grade to 13th Grade…so 10 years.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My parents moved to Geneva and wanted a school that was flexible enough to allow for another transition. This transition thankfully never came and I was able to finish school and complete the IB at Ecolint.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Mr. Kerswell in middle school was certainly influential in getting me excited about social sciences – especially geography. Later on in high school it was Mme Vigneau who pushed me to get a good level of French, Ms. McKenzie who furthered my interest in geography (which I later studied at university) and Mr. Pollatschek who was an inspiring PE teacher.  

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?

My favourite spot on campus must be the Greek Theatre for having spent many assemblies and lunchtimes there with friends. I keep a really fond memory of the hot graduation day there too. The football pitch and gym where I spent hours and hours kicking a football around certainly come in as close seconds.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
I love the mountains - specifically the ski slopes of Megève and St Gervais where I spent most of my weekends.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
After completing my studies in Geography and then Sports Management, I started working in the sports industry. My studies and work took me to the UK, New Zealand and Italy. Currently, I live in Bern and work as a project coordinator for the Development Programme of the International Ski Federation (FIS) .

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Ecolint’s priority should be to continue setting standards when it comes to international education. As the first international school, it should continue to strive to set the example and shape the definition of what an open minded, inclusive and forward looking international education is. With 90 years to look back on, Ecolint has a strong history which can be used to create a powerful identity for the student body and alumni community.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Foster your friendships and create strong bonds with the people around you. You are unlikely to ever come across such a truly international community anywhere else – so make the most of it and learn from your peers. Oh…and…put in the work! You’ll be happy you did later on:-)  

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Ecolint provided me with a solid education which allowed me to move on to university. More importantly though, it provided me with a truly global and open mindset and spirit – I think that is where the real value added is!



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