Where in the world are our graduates? This past spring, a number of our alumni had the opportunity to travel the globe.
Samantha Figueroa (EHS ’14, Tabor Academy ’18) traveled to the United Kingdom this spring to perform The Laramie Project with her school’s drama program. During her trip abroad, Samantha performed at schools in England, Ireland, and Wales. While touring through the United Kingdom, Samantha was able to explore London and see Kinky Boots performed. Samantha’s favorite part of the trip was her last night in Ireland; she and her cast mates sang karaoke and watched street performers play the fiddle and sing old Gaelic songs on Grafton street under the Irish streetlights.
Ibukun Ogunwomoju (EHS ’13, Westover School ’17, SUNY Albany ’21) traveled with Westover School’s Handbell Ensemble to Italy this spring to perform in Sorrento, Florence, and Naples. Ibukun’s favorite memories of her trip included visiting the colosseum, taking a ride on a gondola in Venice, seeing the Trevi Fountain, and walking through the gardens of Tivoli. Her favorite city was Sorrento, where she felt she was able to truly experience Italian culture and life.
Sasha Guzman (EHS ’14, Solebury School ’18) spent a week in Costa Rica this past spring with her classmates, partnering with Abriendo Mentes, an organization whose mission is to "empower individuals from communities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica to develop the skills they need to seize educational and economic opportunities for themselves and their families." There, Sasha had the opportunity to teach English, lacrosse, and arts and crafts, while participating in other forms of community service. Beyond her service, Sasha visited Playa Concha, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches where she went tubing and took surf lessons. Sasha formed a lasting relationship with her host family and was invited to visit them again one day.
Iliana Smith (EHS ’11, Taft School ’15, Wellesley College ‘19) participated in the 2017 Princeton in Beijing Summer Intensive program. Iliana has been studying Mandarin since she was four and was excited to have the opportunity to visit China and to speak the language in real time. From Monday to Friday, she attended Mandarin class for four hours in the morning, and she had a one on one session every afternoon. On the weekends, Iliana had the chance to travel to various sites in and around Beijing including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Marco Polo Bridge. Her trip highlight was a visit to the Summer Palace, where she learned why it is considered the best preserved garden in the world.