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TASIS Lifer Ready for Boston University

TASIS lifer Hanna Osgood (France/USA) ’20 applied early to Boston University and was happy to accept an offer from the private research university, where she will seek a degree in Political Science.

A student at TASIS since Kindergarten who is trilingual in English, French, and Italian, Hanna earned the respect of both her teachers and peers by pushing herself in the classroom—taking a total of eight Advanced Placement (AP) exams and earning an AP Scholar Award—volunteering her time as a member of the backstage crew for many theater productions, and demonstrating an exemplary commitment to service. She shined in trips to both Ethiopia and Kenya through the Opsahl Global Service Program, won the prestigious Cathy Clark Memorial Scholarship in acknowledgment of her “wide-ranging involvement in service,” and received Magnificent Seven awards in service, compassion, humility, and responsibility.

Soon after her graduation in May 2020, Hanna 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?
I definitely feel like my time at TASIS has prepared me for college. The rigorous courses and passionate teachers I’ve had throughout my years at TASIS will help me have a seamless transition from high school to college. Becoming friends with all types of people from all around the globe taught me how to interact with people from various backgrounds and embrace differences between cultures. With everything I’ve learned from my peers and teachers at TASIS, I will be well-equipped to start my journey at Boston University. 

The rigorous courses and passionate teachers I’ve had throughout my years at TASIS will help me have a seamless transition from high school to college.”

What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
Meeting people from all over the world and learning about different cultures and being open to different mindsets is definitely something I found inspiring at TASIS—as well as the positive outlook students and teachers have on life. What I also found inspiring at TASIS is that all students and teachers truly want to see everyone succeed in all aspects of their life, and the positive environment pushes everyone to be the best version of themselves. 

What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
I enjoyed every course and every teacher at TASIS, but there were a couple of each that I particularly enjoyed. History is one of the subjects that is close to my heart, and I will remember my amazing history teachers Mr. Byers and Mr. Kirsch. I will not only remember them because they taught a subject I liked but also because they were such amazing teachers whose classes I looked forward to every day. I can tell they are truly passionate about the subjects they teach, which is what made their classes so interesting. Mr. Byers definitely has a unique teaching style, but it’s what made his class my favorite this year. I learned so much from both of them and will definitely remember their classes. 

I had Mr. Bullock as a Chemistry teacher for two years in a row. He taught my 10th-grade chemistry class, which introduced me to basic chemistry. And then my AP Chemistry class in 11th grade was small, so he was able to pay close attention to all his students and always took the time to answer any questions we had not only about the class but about chemistry in general. I will definitely remember Mr. Bullock as one of the best teachers I’ve had in my academic career.

Hanna with the other recipients of the 2019 Junior Awards

What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
What I’ll miss the most about my time here at TASIS are the amazing friends I’ve made and all the teachers who gave their all to make sure I succeeded. I will also miss the beautiful campus and scenery. Another part of TASIS that I always loved was International Week, and I will definitely miss that. Some of my best memories at TASIS happened during international Week, and I was always so eager to celebrate different cultures and try new foods

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?
One positive I can take away from the coronavirus situation is the experience of working from home. Distance learning has allowed me to develop better time management skills and learn to adapt to different circumstances. Thankfully Boston University plans to have in-person classes in the fall, but if I ever need to move back to distance learning I am confident in my ability to succeed.

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