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Being the first symposium scholar is quite surreal – it’s not easy to describe, but thank god for metaphors. Getting back to THINK Global School is like falling into a whirlpool. You are surrounded by branches, which represent a moment. You want to grab every single one, because, in the moments you catch, you remember why TGS is home. What you grasp is the love, respect, and integrity; you grasp...

The morning of June 8, 2016 was surreal. Walking back into our Student Residence, Villa la Stella, was like being flushed into a larger family of 45 people who are so different but love each other despite, and for, their differences. I had forgotten how all-encompassing the TGS energy is within a few days of being with my Shetler clan. Feeling the togetherness, comfortableness, closeness, and the lack of judgment...

During our time in Biancavilla, we stayed with a family who work together to create a safe space for newcomers and locals to Italy escaping a troubled time in their life. The family's hearts are open and giving, and our weXplore Sicily group got the chance to experience their hospitality, hear their humbling stories, and contribute to their countryside farm and space. Our group took care of their therapy donkeys,...

This past Saturday, Eden and I, along with twenty-six other TGS students and staff, joined the runners of Firenze at The Color Run. In our Grade 10 Leadership class, we were asked to pair up and plan a day trip for other TGS members to sign up for. Originally, Eden and I wanted to take a bus to Carrara to learn about the marble mines and take a marble carving...

With our time in Italy winding to a close, the grade 10 and 11 students have embarked on their final weXplore of the school year. Some of the students elected to join teachers Adam Sturman, Chung Man Chan, and Tessa Siebrits and explore Italy's city on water, Venice. Activities here have included a glassblowing demonstration with master Venetian glass blower Dino Rosin, a scavenger hunt at the Doge's Palace, and...

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