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76. Maria Bonacchi (LGB 2008)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 2 décembre 2014
Maria Bonacchi1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
I spent four years, from 2004 till 2008.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?

Having moved from Miami to Geneva, my parents wanted me to attend an international school, so it would be easier for me to adapt to the school’s curriculum. My father’s company recommended Ecolint saying it was a good school; also, many children whose parents worked in the company had attended Ecolint as well.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
I liked my Biology and Chemistry classes in year 12 and year 13, given by Mrs. De Smet and Mr. Guhirwa respectively. I suppose it was how they taught in class that sparked my interest in wanting to study Life Sciences later on at the University of Navarre, Spain.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
I suppose my favourite spot was the Cafeteria. I remember I spent a lot of time there with my group of friends, whether it was during recess, lunch break or just simply hanging out.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
I think my favourite spot is the Einsiedeln Abbey, in the Schwyz canton. It’s an important place of pilgrimage for Catholics in Switzerland. I had gone there with my mother during my school years. I recently went back with a friend of mine to pray to the Madonna. The views on the trip itself are worth seeing, crossing all the way through typical Swiss meadows and towns till you reach Einsiedeln and see within the Abbey, a beautiful Black Madonna figure holding Baby Jesus.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
As of today, I’m an environmental biologist searching for employment. When I finished my Master’s Degree in Navarre, Spain, I decided to move back in with my parents and try my work chances here in Geneva.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
I believe Ecolint’s top priority is its student body and the cultural melting pot it holds, even more with the new technologies and social media interacting with them 24/7.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Enjoy your time at school, because we only go through that stage of our lives once. At the same time, jump at the opportunity of making friends and getting to know cultures from other places. And last but not least, don’t be in such a hurry to grow up!

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
I would say it has been an eye and mind opener regarding cultural mingling. Before coming to Ecolint, I had lived in Buenos Aires and Miami, but these cities showed the Argentine and American way of life. Here I was able to get to know other religions, cultures (which you respect above all) as well as learn new languages which are helping me grow as an individual.



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