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49. Paul Cerni (LGB 1985)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi, 24 octobre 2014
Paul Cerni1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Five years. From 1978 to 1983.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father worked for UNICEF and, prior to Geneva, we had lived in Santiago, Chile, where I attended the international school, Nido de Aguilas. It made sense to continue that international education at Ecolint.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?

Most teachers had a big impact on me even if I don’t remember all their names now! My physics teacher, Mr. Brown, was tough but helped me appreciate the sciences more. Mr. Orange, my drama teacher, helped develop in me a love for the theatre that is still with me today.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
I remember often meeting with friends outside the lower entrance of La Salève, because the locker room was there. The Greek Theatre was special too.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
My own neighbourhood: Les Avanchets and nearby Cointrin and Meyrin. I would like to bike around with friends, go to Balexert, and watch planes land and take-off at the airport.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live in Queens, New York, and work as the office manager of a Roman Catholic Parish. I also am Coordinator of the Religious Education Program there. No two days are alike and no day goes as planned! I deal with a variety of people in both English and Spanish; as opposed to the administrative side of the job, that can be the most challenging part but also the most rewarding! I also play bass guitar in a rock band and in a theatre group.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
It should stay on track in offering a great international education! As a musician, I am happy that, with the new Arts Centre, there is more emphasis on the arts. However I also think that a solid grounding in the sciences is important. The science in most areas is never settled and so the world will always need good scientists, researchers, etc. to find solutions to the challenges of the day and to help improve the lives of the less fortunate.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Don’t take for granted what you have. The well-rounded education offered at Ecolint is very unique and hard to find elsewhere.  Make the most of every day that you are there!

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?

Besides helping me to think critically perhaps the biggest impact has to be the gift of having a very broad view of the world. I got to mix with a very diverse group of people and see through their eyes, so to speak, parts of the world I hadn’t seen through my own.



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