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Congratulations, Class of 2022!

We’re pleased to share this year’s graduating class: 23 incredible individuals, spanning two cohorts, whose personalities are as unique as their TGS experiences. Yet, for all of their wonderful differences, each is united in having left an enduring mark on their educators, our school’s culture, and, most importantly, each other.

During the 2019-20 school year, CM1 students Effie, Guillermo, Ignacio, Matvey, Nila, Seckhen, and Victoria learned about the complexities of ethnic and religious reconciliation in Bosnia & Herzegovina through their time in Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Mostar, and visits to important religious sites. They next headed down under for a term in Melbourne, Australia, centered around activism, health, and augmented reality. And in perhaps the seven students’ most significant challenge to date, they tested their grit during a twelve-day backpacking expedition in Chile’s sparse and ruggedly beautiful Patagonia region. 

Then the pandemic happened, requiring learning to be shifted online from the Spring of 2020 to the Summer of 2021. During that time, our seven graduating CM1 students were joined by sixteen new juniors hailing from twelve different countries, who now collectively make up the Class of 2022. And although those five terms might not have resembled a traditional TGS experience, they resulted in memorable community moments, provocative and thoughtful project work, and a resolve for a return to travel. 

And so we did. Our thirteen CM1 seniors made their way to Botswana in July, where the Okavango Delta became their home for seven weeks and the perfect place to learn about conservation and storytelling. 3,700 miles to the north, our ten CM2 seniors settled into Dubai’s modern cityscape to familiarize themselves with the environmental, economic, cultural, and political factors that shape the United Arab Emirates. Among a wealth of experiences, they visited skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa to learn firsthand about engineering principles and hydroponic farms for techniques on growing fresh produce in harsh environments. 

Terms 2 and 3 provided opportunities for seniors from both cohorts to explore the World Expo in Dubai and beautiful Oaxaca, Mexico. The World Expo proved the perfect setting for tech-themed projects and chances to explore the 192 pavilions that offered glimpses into countries all across the world. 9,000 miles away in Oaxaca, students dove into lessons on preserving the region’s outstanding biodiversity, exploring religious syncretism through art, and how the Zapotec peoples stay true to their roots in our increasingly modern world. 

Our seniors have all come together for a term in Greece to close out the year. A haven for the intelligent and thoughtful for over five thousand years, few cities represent as fitting a departure point for this collection of changemakers as Athens.

So without further ado, we present to you the Class of 2022!

Ahmed AbdAllah

Year Joined: 2020

From: Egypt 🇪🇬

Cohort: CM2

Countries Ahmed Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Greece

Senior Quote: “I gained from my mistakes more than my victories and I am glad I used my time here to do a lot of these because that’s when the real learning happened.”

What are the 3 aspects of TGS that you will miss the most? Seeing everyone at breakfast, group sports events, and the freedom to make choices in every aspect.

Alexandra Nguyen

Year Joined: 2020

From: Vietnam 🇻🇳

Cohort: CM2

Countries Alexandra Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Trust yourself, try your best, and keep moving forward. Do not hesitate to open a new door. Failure is scary, but years later, when you look back, there are only lessons that you learned and how they shaped you as a better person.”

What is your favorite memory from your time at TGS? Sunset at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Dia Kothari

Year Joined: 2020

From: India 🇮🇳

Cohort: CM1

Countries Dia Called Home: Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “The most memorable moments in life are the most imperfect ones.”

What is your favorite memory from your time at TGS? The night in the Dubai desert, stargazing, and dancing

Effie-Ling Heslop

Year Joined: 2019

From: Finland 🇫🇮

Cohort: CM1

Countries Effie Called Home: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Chile, Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -Albert Camus

What is your favorite memory from your time at TGS? Nights spent under a blanket of stars with friends

Ella Mayo-Kiely

Year Joined: 2020

From: United States 🇺🇸

Cohort: CM2

Countries Ella Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Isn’t that a wonderful beginning?” -William Goldman

What is your favorite memory from your time at TGS? The first day back to term when everyone is hugging as if we haven’t seen each other in a year, the dance parties in common rooms, and Bido’s incredible cooking

Guillermo Hernández-Matos Martín

Year Joined: 2019

From: Spain 🇪🇸

Cohort: CM1

Countries Guillermo Called Home: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Chile, Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” ―Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

What is your favorite memory from your time at TGS? Cooking with aboriginal people of Australia while watching the sunset in the outback

Ignacio Cowles

Year Joined: 2019

From: United States 🇺🇸

Cohort: CM1

Countries Ignacio Called Home: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Chile, Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “There’s a huge trust. I see it all the time when people come up to me and say, ‘I don’t want you to let me down again.” ―George W. Bush

What is your favorite memory from your time at TGS? Roommates, Stipend, late-night dinners with the advisory

Khanh Bui

Year Joined: 2020

From: Vietnam 🇻🇳

Cohort: CM2

Countries Khanh Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Keep learning. Keep growing. You’ll get there eventually.”

What are the 3 aspects of TGS that you will miss the most? The whole TGS community, doing projects and modules in different countries and getting stipends

Kirsten Atuhaire

Year Joined: 2020

From: Uganda 🇺🇬

Cohort: CM1

Countries Kirsten Called Home: Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “You can’t move forward without saying goodbye to the past.”

What are the 3 aspects of TGS that you will miss the most? Exploring our passions through self-designed projects, team building relationships through advisories and module classes, and the traveling obviously

Lucas Bittencourt

Year Joined: 2020

From: Brazil 🇧🇷

Cohort: CM2

Countries Lucas Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico. and Greece

Senior Quote: “There is no way back in life. May this journey lead us forward, to live the new in its entirety.”

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Open-hearted community, institutional growth mindset, academic freedom

Mateo Cabrera Díaz

Year Joined: 2020

From: Mexico 🇲🇽

Cohort: CM1

Countries Mateo Called Home: Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “You will never know what could’ve happened if you don’t try it.”

What is your favorite memory from your time at TGS? Having fresh Greek food on a tiny random Island in Milina

Matvey Izmaylov

Year Joined: 2019

From: Russia 🇷🇺

Cohort: CM1

Countries Matvey Called Home: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Chile, Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “It’s not about the LTs, it’s about the journey.”

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Stipend meals, Personal Projects, Educators

Methini Gunasekaran

Year Joined: 2020

From: India 🇮🇳

Cohort: CM1

Countries Methini Called Home: Botswana, United Arab Emirates

Senior Quote: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? The beautiful community, Unique opportunities to pursue my passion, and living in a fantasy world where everyone is accepted for who they are.

Nada Bennani

Year Joined: 2020

From: Morocco 🇲🇦

Cohort: CM2

Countries Nada Called Home: United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Use your smile to change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.”

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? the community, the projects, and the traveling

Nada Khai

Year Joined: 2020

From: Morocco 🇲🇦

Cohort: CM1

Countries Nada Called Home: Botswana, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Big change starts with small actions.”

What is your favorite memory from your time at TGS? My Rite of Passage experience was crazy. Sleeping in the middle of the Kalahari desert with lions and elephants roaming around was unforgettable. It was a great bonding experience; meeting people for the first time, talking for hours around the fire, eating raw onions, and building our own shelter gave me a great first glimpse of what TGS is.

Nila Nadathur

Year Joined: 2019

From: India 🇮🇳

Cohort: CM1

Countries Nila Called Home: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Chile, Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Life is a losing game when you don’t play.”

What has been your favorite memory during your time at TGS? Hiking during sunset during our UAE weXplore!

Noémie Thomas

Year Joined: 2020

From: New Zealand 🇳🇿

Cohort: CM2

Countries Noémie Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Everything you are passionate about was created within you for a reason.”

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? The community, advisory outings, and personal project budgets.

Samy Moel Slutzky

Year Joined: 2020

From: Mexico 🇲🇽

Cohort: CM1

Countries Samy Called Home: Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “On my way to become Chelsea’s football manager.”

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Stipend, personal project budgets, and the close community.

Seb Olsen

Year Joined: 2020

From: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Cohort: CM2

Countries Seb Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Nothing in life is impossible as long as you take that first step.'”

What are the 3 aspects of TGS that you will miss the most? The social life, stipend, and modules.

Seckhen Andrade

Year Joined: 2019

From: Mexico 🇲🇽

Cohort: CM1

Countries Seckhen Called Home: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Chile, Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

What has been your favorite memory during your time at TGS? Me taking a group of six people on a quest for a Mexican restaurant in Maun.

Sofia von Wachter

Year Joined: 2020

From: Venezuela, France 🇻🇪 🇫🇷

Cohort: CM2

Countries Sofia Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Greece

Senior Quote: “There is no reason why today can’t be the best day of your life.”

What has been your favorite memory during your time at TGS? The Mexico weXplore was particularly special. We spent a week away from Oaxaca, discovering a new part of the country and diving almost every day with a super close group. The week was full of adventures and “pinch me” moments.

Viktoria Lohk

Year Joined: 2019

From: Estonia 🇪🇪

Cohort: CM1

Countries Viktoria Called Home: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia, Chile, Botswana, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, and Greece

Senior Quote: “Sometimes, the wrong train takes you in the right direction. Still, you should think about the future, even if things don’t go as you wish. I hope you arrive at the right station, no matter which train you take.” —Se-ri, Episode 5 of Crash Landing On You

What aspects of TGS will you miss the most? Hiking in Patagonia. It was a truly mesmerizing and challenging experience where we learned more about our own leadership styles and got to spend two weeks away from technology.

Zoya Abbas

Year Joined: 2020

From: India 🇮🇳

Cohort: CM2

Countries Zoya Called Home: United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Greece

Senior Quote: “You’re better off being disappointed by the things you tried and failed than regretting the chances you never took.”

What has been your favorite memory during your time at TGS? Being underwater with my peers and my educators, I saw glistening eyes and pounding hearts as we saw creatures we never expected to see, at a time when even breathing was a conscious effort while learning how to dive. I could not believe this was school. Academia didn’t equate to just science textbooks and periodic tables, but it also related to growth in those little moments of realization.

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A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

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