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Skilled Linguist To Study Information Management for Business at UCL

Maria Mastronardi (Italy) ’20 intends to study Information Management for Business at University College London (UCL), selecting the renowned public research university over King's College London and of the world’s top hospitality schools, École hôtelière de Lausanne.

Maria’s goals at UCL are to gain a good understanding and overview of current business practices while creating a network of contacts for her professional future. She ultimately hopes to lead or work for a successful company. 

Fluent in English, Italian, and French and able to speak some Spanish, Maria was a powerhouse in the classroom throughout her four years at TASIS. She earned 38 points on her IB Diploma Programme® assessment, scored a 5 on the AP Italian Language and Culture exam and a 4 on the AP French Language and Culture exam, secured a slew of academic awards—culminating with the Excellence in History Award at the 2020 Commencement Ceremony—and was inducted to the TASIS Cum Laude Society chapter.

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

Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
Yes, I feel very well-prepared for college. The projects, the essays, the tests, and the homework given by my teachers have challenged and motivated me to improve myself every day. I am grateful to have chosen the IB at TASIS because I had wonderful teachers who motivated me and prepared me for my future. 

Did the College Counseling Office influence your path and/or help you achieve your goals?
Yes, Mr. Stickley helped me so much with UK universities. He gave me precious advice, and I will always be grateful to him. In addition, Mrs. Birk helped me a lot with non-UK universities. She made me realize what I wanted to study. I will always be grateful to her for her incredible support. 

What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
I think that all of my classes were inspiring. I was inspired every day by my teachers.

“I am grateful to have chosen the IB at TASIS because I had wonderful teachers who motivated me and prepared me for my future.”

What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
Madame Caussette has really conveyed to me a passion for French. I will always be grateful to her! I will also remember most fondly Ms. Tompkins, who has been a great Math teacher and is very supportive to all of her students; Mr. Hughes and his amazing way of teaching; Dr. Gress, who has always been supportive and caring; and Mr. Byers (my advisor and 9th-grade History teacher), whose classes and advisor meetings made me the happiest. He transmitted his love for history to me. Madame Cazebonne, from whom I started learning French, was an incredible teacher. I will always be grateful to Ms. Schlicht and Mrs. Zanecchia because from them I learned English. I couldn't speak a word of English before. Mr. Grimm was also a great teacher for Physics. I will miss all of the teachers that I was lucky to have these four years. 

What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
My friends, my teachers, the campus, the classes, and even the food!

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 am always in touch with my classmates, who are incredible friends. Even during this difficult situation, they have always supported me and I never felt alone. At TASIS, I met wonderful people who are always by my side even during the hard times.

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