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Science Excellence Leads to Offer From Imperial College London

Edoardo Italia ’16 (Italy) applied to six schools—Imperial College London, McGill University, University of Manchester, University of Exeter, University of Birmingham, and Loughborough University—and received offers from all of them. He secured a spot at the world-renowned Imperial College London after posting a 40 on his International Baccalaureate exams.

A native Italian speaker who is also fluent in French, Edoardo chose to complete an International Baccalaureate Diploma in mother-tongue English. He has known since he entered TASIS as a sophomore that he wanted to pursue a degree in the sciences but only recently narrowed his focus to materials science and engineering. “I was not yet sure whether it would be a pure science or an application of it, like engineering,” he said. “TASIS has helped me understand that engineering is a favorable choice for me and has allowed me to work toward this choice.”

While he has a clear affinity for science and earned the Class of 2016’s Excellence in Science Award, Edoardo credits the depth of the TASIS academic program and the quality of the School’s teachers for turning him into the confident and well-rounded student he is today.

“Dr. Love enabled me to see something in myself that I had not seen before, something for which I will always be grateful and will definitely never forget.”

“I will remember all my teachers and courses,” he said. “Mr. Knee, Mr. Grimm, Mr. Walker, Ms. Venchus, Ms. Putnam, Mr. Shields, Mr. Schwartz, Ms. Cazebonne, Mr. Ogilvie, Ms. Carlson, Mr. Morris, Mr. Jepson, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Fredericksen, Mr. Kirsch, Ms. Gygax, Mr. McKee, Mr. Stickley, Mr. Lim, and Dr. Love have all allowed me to grow, improve, and learn—in particular Dr. Love, who, through his classes, has enabled me to see something in myself that I had not seen before, something for which I will always be grateful and will definitely never forget.”

Edoardo also made the most of his time outside the classroom—playing Varsity Volleyball, performing in plays and musicals, making a Global Service trip to Cambodia, founding a Drama Club and a Science Quiz Bowl, and serving as a Dorm Proctor and an ambassador for the TASIS Leadership Academy. Headmaster Lyle Rigg took note of Edoardo’s enthusiasm and well-rounded excellence when he presented him with the coveted Headmaster’s Award, and Edoardo notes that these varied experiences have been every bit as meaningful as his academic accomplishments.

“Participating in all the extracurricular activities allowed me to learn more about myself and the world around me,” he said. “They have inspired me to dedicate myself to achieving my goals and visualizing the big picture of any situation.”

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