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Outstanding IB Student To Study Mechanical Engineering at ETH

Giorgio Cardani (Italy) ’20 has decided to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich—one of the world's most prestigious science and technology universities—after also receiving offers from University of Zurich, University College London (UCL), Polytechnic University of Milan, University of Bath, and University of Edinburgh.

Fluent in English, Italian, and German, Giorgio’s three years at TASIS were marked by an outstanding performance in the classroom—capped off with 42 points on his IB Diploma Programme® assessment, including a 7 on both the Physics HL and English Language and Literature HL exams and a 6 on the extremely challenging Mathematics HL exam—and a willingness to serve the community in any way possible. He was a Dorm Proctor for two years, served on the TASIS Speaker Series Committee, founded a club to help IB students with their math courses, and traveled to Mongolia through the Opsahl Global Service Program. He received the prestigious Pritzlaff Leadership Award at the close of his junior year in recognition of his admirable commitment to service.

Soon after his graduation in May 2020, Giorgio answered the following questions about his time at TASIS The American School in Switzerland.

Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
I am confident that taking part in the IB has given me many of the necessary skills I will need to be well-prepared for university. Projects such as the Extended Essay and the Internal Assessments that may at first seem very intimidating and demanding are rather a great opportunity to develop skills such as time management, organization, and creative thinking that will be of great use in my future. The IB drove me not only to explore new horizons and develop important skills, but also to set precise goals and paths to achieve them. 

What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
Traveling to Mongolia in 10th grade was a fascinating experience that I will remember for many years to come. We traveled to a remote part of the country, where we engaged in a cultural program with the local school in the village. This trip to Mongolia was unique, as we were able to continue a cultural exchange that other TASIS students that started years ago. Visiting a country through the lens of a service-learning trip is a completely different experience, as you are not only a tourist but also have a meaningful goal that makes the overall experience much more profound. 

Academic Travel was also a great experience for me. The most meaningful trip was traveling to Poland in 11th grade to study the tragedy behind the Holocaust and Polish history in the 20th century. One of the best aspects of these trips is that I reinforced great friendships with many of my classmates and teachers. 

International Week is also something very special to me and for many at TASIS. I will truly miss these experiences in the coming years. 

What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
I will always remember my 10th-grade Advanced Precalculus class with Mr. Greenwood, the most challenging but instructive class I took at TASIS. I truly admire his dedication and passion for the subject. He not only taught me math but taught me a methodology I will carry with me for many years. I was not supposed to take precalculus in 10th grade, as I had only taken Algebra 1 before coming to TASIS. Mr. Greenwood was a bit skeptical that I could succeed, but after a couple of unsuccessful tests, I was able to overcome this difficulty thanks to his support and a lot of effort. He has high standards, motivated me to strive for excellence, and taught me to always aim for improvement. I am also particularly grateful to him for helping me prepare for my interview at Imperial.

“The IB drove me not only to explore new horizons and develop important skills, but also to set precise goals and paths to achieve them.”

My Physics teacher Mr. Hughes was also a mentor and a role model to me. His innovative approach to teaching pushed me to acknowledge my limits and my strengths. Mr. Hughes's ability to communicate with students and teach creatively is unique and something I greatly benefitted from. He made HL Physics fun and almost easy. 

What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
TASIS felt like home to me, and going to school in the morning was often something I looked forward to. I will miss all my friends and teachers that made these three years unforgettable. I will miss the close relationship that I had with some of my teachers. I will also miss being a proctor, as the relationship I was able to develop with some of the other proctors and proctees was exceptional. 

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?
I learned that sometimes we take too much for granted and that even the small things such as getting a coffee with your friends before class can really mean a lot and are essential parts of the overall TASIS experience.


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