2020 Valedictorian and top IB scorer Giulia Meregalli (Italy) will study in the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge University, choosing one of the world’s oldest and most-respected institutions over University College London (UCL), King’s College London, and New York University.
Land Economy comprises law, economics, and real estate, and although she isn’t sure just yet, Giulia thinks she may eventually pursue a career in either management consultancy and investment or pharmaceutical management. Her ability to speak English, Italian, German, and Spanish will only enhance her opportunities.
Giulia closed a remarkable eight years at TASIS by earning the Valedictorian Scholarship Award and delivering the Valedictory Address at the School’s 64th Commencement Ceremony. She excelled both in and out of the classroom over the course of her distinguished career, scoring an outstanding 43 points on her IB Diploma Programme® assessment and a perfect 5 on the Italian Language & Culture Advanced Placement (AP) exam, securing a spot in the TASIS Cum Laude Society chapter, serving on the student-directed IB Leaderboard and the TASIS Speaker Series Committee, completing an internship as a biology lab technician, tutoring younger students and her IB classmates, participating in the Debate Club, competing for the Varsity Volleyball team, and committing four years to the Opsahl Global Service Program.
Soon after her graduation in May 2020, Giulia answered the following questions about her time at TASIS The American School in Switzerland, which she attended for grades 5–12.
Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
By taking part in the rigorous IB program I feel like I had the opportunity to explore several classes that I enjoyed thoroughly and also clear up my ideas on what specific path I wanted to undertake for college. With Dr. Abisi's extensive help in crafting my schedule, I was able to build a challenging program, especially in my senior year, where I combined an additional AP class with my full IB program, which helped me prepare extensively for college. I acquired extensive skills regarding not only time management and responsibility, but, moreover, regarding the importance of every single individual day and small effort toward the realization of my dreams and goals.
What experiences have you found most inspiring at TASIS?
While there are so many experiences that made my time at TASIS memorable and enjoyable—such as Academic Travel (in particular, my 10th-grade Honors World Literature trip with Dr. Love, exploring UK universities in my junior fall, and working in Zurich University’s biology labs as a senior), International Week, and assemblies—I believe that every single day at TASIS was important and helped me shape my future and develop as a person. Every day in the life of an IB student is filled with work and stress but is also a great opportunity to build bonds with teachers and friends through revision and study groups since everyone shares the same ideas and experiences. I found the IB program very inspiring, and it pushed me to acknowledge limits that I never thought I had, develop amazing friendships, and build concrete goals. I will particularly remember our study week for Academic Travel, which was supposed to happen in Siena but happened in Lugano due to the coronavirus outbreak. I will remember studying with my friends for 10 hours straight and revising for mocks in the evening with my teachers while enjoying the lovely weather and relieving 50-minute lunch breaks.
|“I found the IB program very inspiring, and it pushed me to acknowledge limits that I never thought I had, develop amazing friendships, and build concrete goals.”|
What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
I will definitely remember my Biology course and impressive teacher Ms. Crockett. In 10th grade I had my mind set on anticipating IB Biology, so I enrolled in the class a year early as a standard-level (SL) student. However, with the compelling teaching method of Ms. Crockett and the extreme interest I had for the subject, I was able to understand my true passion for it and take it as a higher-level (HL) course in the IB. I will remember seeing her seven days a week because we held weekend revision sessions and won’t forget her extensive comprehension of the stress IB students face. Another teacher I am extremely grateful to and will always remember is Mr. Cawthorne, my economics tutor who helped me every week by hosting mock interviews for my Cambridge admissions interviews. I will also remember Mr. Diviani's life lessons and business plans that we worked on in class, where he forced us to think outside the box and develop creativity, as well as reflect on the complexity of today's global world.
What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
A few things that I will miss the most, I believe, are the close relationships that I developed with my classmates, who turned into family, throughout the many years I spent here. I will also miss the close teaching approach of TASIS, which is not always present in big lectures at university. I will miss the ability to relate and build connections with people from all over the world—and being part of such an international student body. I will also miss the at-home feeling that I knew at TASIS, feeling as stable, at ease, and comfortable as I would at home.
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 certainly learned to appreciate the small things that I either never really acknowledged or took for granted, as well as to value the things that I now miss the most. I also learned to make the most of all the opportunities that we are given since the world around us can change so very quickly.