2022 Salutatorian Alejandra Cova (Venezuela) will seek a degree in Human Science and Global Health at Georgetown University after also considering offers from Loyola University Chicago, Tulane University, University of Florida, Northeastern University, and University of Miami.
Alejandra is a very well-rounded student who speaks Spanish, English, and Italian; was inducted to the TASIS Cum Laude Society chapter; and scored a 4 or 5 on all eight of the Advanced Placement (AP) exams she took: Calculus AB, Statistics, Biology, Microeconomics, English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, United States History, and Spanish Language and Culture. She capped three highly productive years at TASIS by being selected by her peers to deliver a speech at her class’s Senior Banquet and by receiving both the Salutatorian Scholarship Award and the H. Miller Crist Award—the highest recognition accorded by the TASIS Faculty to one senior each year—at the Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony.
Alejandra’s contributions to the TASIS community extended well beyond the classroom. She was the captain of the Varsity Girls soccer team, the 2021–2022 Female Athlete of the Year, the Head Proctor, and the co-founder of the student-directed Medical Careers Club. At the end of her junior year, she was the deserving recipient of the prestigious Pritzlaff Leadership Award, which recognizes a student who takes a leading role in community service and encourages the involvement of other TASIS students in the public service ideal.
Soon after her graduation in May 2022, Alejandra answered the following questions about her three years as a boarding student at TASIS The American School in Switzerland.
Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
I think TASIS encouraged me to do a lot of extracurriculars outside of school. In this way, it helped me envision my future life as a person and not just as a student. It helped cultivate my interests and values while also making me independent.
Thank you so much to all of my teachers for your endless support and for teaching me what matters in this world.
Did the College Counseling Office influence your path and/or help you achieve your goals?
I would say that the college counseling team definitely helped me define what exactly I wanted in a college experience. Both Mr. Birk and Mr. Fritz made me believe I was capable of accomplishing anything, and they guided me through different schools and careers. I'd like to give a special thank you to them for playing such an important part in my college application process!
What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
Travel. At TASIS I got to travel for so many different purposes, such as sports, academic classes, service, or simply with friends. Also being able to have such a big impact on the community as a proctor and make lifetime friendships among the boarders is one of the more inspiring things TASIS offers.
What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
I will remember Dr. Love's Honors World Literature course in 10th grade (both the highs and the lows!), AP Biology with Mr. Foster (one of the most genuine teachers I've had), AP Calc with Mr. Carey (day after day of laughing with a side of derivatives at 8 AM), and AP Micro with Mr. Clarke (econ discussions that would turn into real-world dilemmas). Thank you so much to all of my teachers for your endless support and for teaching me what matters in this world.
What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
I will definitely miss the feeling of support from teachers and friendships at TASIS. Having such a close bond with the people who surround you on campus is such a nice feeling. I'll also miss Sunday brunches, snow days, and the beautiful sound of dorm fire alarms.
Dealing with a pandemic for the better part of your final three years of high school was far from ideal. But is there anything positive you've been able to take away from all of this?
I am so grateful for my family and friends and for how TASIS dealt with the pandemic. Everyone could relate with each other's problems during the pandemic, and I found it wholesome that it brought us students all together emotionally even though we were separated physically. I'm glad to have endured through all the difficulties and through all the setbacks; it just makes it more satisfying to graduate and reassures me about challenges in my future.