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AP Standout Moves on to USC

Filippo de Cristofaro (Brazil/Italy) ’20 plans to study Finance at University of Southern California, selecting the outstanding private research university over University of Miami, University of South Florida, University of San Diego, Boston University, and Fordham University. He ultimately hopes to pursue a career as an accountant or floor trader.

A Highest Honors student who speaks English, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish, Filippo capped off two stellar years at TASIS by earning recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction for posting a superb average score of 4.50 on six Advanced Placement (AP) exams: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, US History, World History, Statistics, and Biology. He also made major contributions to the School on the playing fields as a varsity athlete and in the dormitories, where he served as a Proctor.

Filippos answered the following questions about his time at TASIS The American School in Switzerland soon after his graduation in May 2020.

What accomplishments at TASIS are you most proud of?
I was honored that the TASIS Faculty and my fellow students selected me for a Magnificent Seven award for Responsibility. My Proctorship selection was also a great honor and allowed me to deepen my involvement with the TASIS community. 

My Highest Honors placement is something I owe to my teachers but was also a nice reward for my efforts. And my varsity sports involvement forced me to improve my time management and develop myself in team environments outside of the classroom.

“I have been most inspired by the experience of interacting with an international community, particularly during International Week, where all the cultures converged due to shared interests instead of diverging due to the different costumes.”

Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
I feel so because TASIS presented to me the freedom to be independent. From allowing me to select challenging classes to participate in an array of varsity sports and hold dorm/campus duties as a Proctor, TASIS forced me to push myself toward academic excellence while constantly adjusting my methods so as not to compromise my physical or mental health. Through my experience, I was able to push through my previous limits and develop routines that allowed me to fulfill my potential, and as such, my ability to adapt to change and perform under pressure was developed. These abilities are imperative for a successful journey through college. 

Did the College Counseling Office influence your path and/or help you achieve your goals?
Yes, my counselors were supportive in accommodating my mistakes and directly helped me choose the universities that would fit my character and goals. As such, they allowed me to set realistic prospectives, which ultimately translated into realities through our combined efforts. 

What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
I have been most inspired by the experience of interacting with an international community, particularly during International Week, where all the cultures converged due to shared interests instead of diverging due to the different costumes. And my Global Service Program trip to Cambodia, which expanded my perspective on multiple areas regarding global cultures and developing countries' living circumstances, also made a huge impact. The trip was extremely humbling while also instilling a desire of pushing for change/improvement in the hearts of the participants, which is something I can definitely affirm on behalf of my entire group.

What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
Mr. White's APUSH and AP Microeconomics classes, my AP Biology class, my AP Statistics class with Mr. Schiff, and my Architecture class with Mr. Aeschliman all stand out.

What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
I will miss the constant interaction with my fellow students and friends, all of whom were stressed and focused due to challenging exams on one day and suddenly planning a group trip to a random European country on the next.

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