Meet Our Alumni

Emilia von Bohlen|Class of 2015

I am now
studying Pre-clinical Medicine at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz
GISB taught me
... the confidence to unapologetically be myself
I miss
... the GISB community including all ages from Kindergarten to seniors, as well as the spirit of curiosity and collegiality that resides within the school

Emilia von Bohlen|Class of 2015

I learned the candor to approach all new faces and the courage to follow my curiosities

When asked, what she remembers as her favourite GISB memory, Emilia does not only mention the GISB community and the class trips to the White Mountains or Hamburg and Berlin … but also a very special GISB moment:
“My favourite GISB memory was during art class in twelfth grade while we were painting abstract self-portraits. A four-year-old Kindergarten student came up to me, inspected my painting critically and told me that it didn’t resemble me at all – because ‘clearly, humans don’t have purple lips, or eyes this big, or pointy faces’. He was talking about cubic forms, exaggeration of facial features and the use of eccentric colours! I could not stop smiling.”   

 

She is more than excited to be working on the GISB Alumni Network with the mission to build and establish a platform for GISB students and families to connect and reconnect.
“Hopefully, soon, I will be able to come over for a long overdue visit!”

Laurenz Fiedler|Class of 2017

GISB taught me
the importance of communication between peers
I am now ...
Studying Political Science with Public Law at the University of Mannheim
I miss
... friends

Laurenz Fiedler|Class of 2017

The English lessons that I had at GISB really prepared me for university and gave me a huge head start.

At GISB, Laurenz could reliably be found at recess playing soccer with his 11th and 12th Grade friends. These friendships were central to his experience at GISB. “I learned how important good friends can be.”

 

Laurenz feels that his years at GISB prepared him well for his undergraduate studies. He tells of how much discipline is required at university in Germany and how GISB set him up for success.  “The English lessons that I had at GISB really prepared me for university and gave me a huge head start.”

 

“It is an honor to participate in the Alumni Society and tell my stories to the next generation.”

Jens Feugmann|Class of 2018

I am now
Studying Biochemistry at Universität Heidelberg
GISB taught me
... how to learn independently and with others effectively
I miss
... the community and teamwork between students and teachers

Jens Feugmann|Class of 2018

The support and curriculum at the school have enabled me to further my educational path.

“Due to the scientific orientation of the school, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the field of biochemistry and to discover this area. Above all, I was helped by various internships that were made possible by members of GISB. Among other things, the mentoring program sponsored by the school was very helpful.”

 

The bilingual skills that Jens gained at GISB offered him an advantage, which helped him get accepted to the Universität Heidelberg. With a very high number of applicants, only 25 students are accepted in this branch of study who, in addition to a good Abitur, have received prizes and awards in the natural sciences. In addition, Jens was accepted to several other German universities.

 

“I am grateful to the school in many ways and can recommend the graduation and the time spent there to everyone!”

Tabitha Knoor|Class of 2017

GISB taught me
... how to be more confident and trust in my own abilities
I am now
Studying Economics & Environmental Science at the University of Zurich
I miss
... the small classes and having a great bond with my teachers

Tabitha Knoor|Class of 2017

The friends I made at GISB I will have for a lifetime

“My first semester at the University of Zurich is going great!” Tabitha speaks of how GISB prepared her well to study in a highly international setting. “I’m glad I’m so used to speaking English because Zurich is so international.” She misses GISB and plans to return to attend the Gala in the coming years.

 

In the longer term, Tabitha plans to get her Masters degree and she adds, “one day I hope to return to live in Boston again…Go Pats!”

Anneke Sallis|Class of 2015

I am now
Studying Psychology at Smith College
GISB taught me
... to be excited about learning! To embrace academics & not fret about High School
I miss
... the tight-knit community among students, faculty and parents

Anneke Sallis|Class of 2015

The relationships I formed with teachers at GISB have made me a more confident student. I hold them dear.

Anneke is a self-proclaimed GISB-er for life. After graduation she completed a fellowship in Communications at the School and has been a counselor at numerous GISB camps. She feels that the School helped shape her. In a recent college class about social identities she observed: “We often talk about people incorporating the college they went to into their identity. It always stands out to me that people do not feel that way about their high school, but I do. GISB shaped my character and I will always treasure that part of my identity.”

 

Anneke plans to go into research in Developmental Psychology. She hopes one day she can apply her research in a classroom setting. “Perhaps even at GISB!”