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Accomplished Artist Lands at Parsons Paris

Alara Secilmis (USA/Turkey) ’20 will seek a degree in Fashion Design at Parsons Paris, selecting the distinguished art and design college over University of the Arts London, University for the Creative Arts, and Bournemouth University. Her ultimate goal is to design clothes or work in textiles within the fashion industry.

Alara was a standout artist over the course of her four years at TASIS. She scored a 4 on the AP Drawing exam and was honored to have one of her paintings selected to be the cover image for the 2019 Spring Arts Festival program. See a sample of her work at the bottom of this post.

A well-rounded student who is fluent in English and Italian and took four other AP exams, Alara also traveled to Kenya through the Opsahl Global Service Program and played four years of volleyball, capping her career by helping the varsity team achieve runner-up finished in both the NISSA and ESC championship tournaments her senior year.

Soon after her graduation in May 2020, Alara answered the following questions about her four years at TASIS The American School in Switzerland.

Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
I feel like TASIS has helped me learn to be independent, a skill that will greatly help me in college.

What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
My most inspiring moment was being able to travel to Kenya to visit an all-girls boarding school. It was one of the best experiences of my life, both visiting the country and learning about different cultures and creating bonds with a new community of girls. 

What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
The teacher that I will miss most is Mr. Dukes, who helped me throughout my high school years in many ways: from assisting me with my university applications and getting me into Parsons to just aiding me in pursuing my passion for art. Art has always been my favorite subject, and I will truly miss walking into the studio and settling into my corner.

What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
I will miss the small community that has been built so well, and I’ll miss seeing my friends from across the campus and walking to class with them. Lastly I will miss the trips that the school has offered, where I have made some of my closest friends from all over the world. 

Although my years studying at TASIS have come to an end,
my connection with the school will never stop.


Clearly this wasn't the way you and your classmates wanted to end your time at TASIS, but is there anything positive you can take away from this very difficult spring?
The months of not being at TASIS and seeing my friends helped me reflect on the great memories that I have made and made me realize that I took those last weeks on campus for granted. Although my years studying at TASIS have come to an end, my connection with the school will never stop.


That painting that was used as the cover image for the Spring Arts Festival program.


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