Category Archives: Alumni Interviews

  1. Ivan Ivanov ’18: You Cannot Compare a Medal to Making Someone Feel Proud of You

    June 18, 2018 by American College of Sofia

    If something doesn’t go the way you hoped it doesn’t mean it’s going wrong, it just means it should have taken another direction.

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  2. Theodora Konetsovska ’97: Keep Your Accent and Your Last Name!

    June 14, 2018 by American College of Sofia

    Be brave. When you wonder if to do or not, do. If you question whether to go or not, go. When you hesitate if you should speak up or not, speak. Explore, jump in, have an opinion, disagree, defend your beliefs. Now is the time to challenge, experiment, figure out where you stand and where you want to go.

  3. Георги Шопов – пазителят на историята на рода Чакалови

    February 19, 2018 by American College of Sofia

    „Някои нравствени категории бяха много по-задължителни за учениците от колежа, отколкото за връстниците им от другите училища на страната. Нека вземем за пример така нареченото преписване по време на класни писмени упражнения и изпити. За нашите американски учители дори името на това явление беше друго: наричаха го не „copy”, a „cheat”  т. е. „измама“. Нещо повече: наказанието за таква простъпка беше автоматично изключване от колежа. Подобна измама се считаше за непростимо престъпление, което не можеше да се търпи в никаква степен.”

  4. Carl Djerassi, the Courageous

    July 5, 2017 by American College of Sofia

    Thinking outside the box is a prerequisite to a scientist of his caliber, but he set off to live outside the realm he had mastered, the realm he was recognized for. He set foot further than biochemistry, he ventured into entrepreneurship, into art, into public life. And here we want to pay tribute to his courage. Because in this pursuit of a different calling – and it was a public pursuit, – one’s very identity can be at stake.

  5. When Sanders Hall Was Art Central: Arts Fest’s Premiere in 1995

    July 4, 2017 by American College of Sofia

    The idea was to promote the College – to spread the word that it was being active in the city, to have its name heard more and more, and have it connected to the cultural life of Sofia. “It was an incredible idea, very much revolutionary,” Nia says. “And so I got on with it.”

  6. Slava Doytcheva ’07: Acting as Self-Revelation

    July 3, 2017 by American College of Sofia

    The thing about acting in its true sense, I think, is that you have to be very, very open to let things pass through you, to be willing to experience things, to be broken, to be exhilarated. You have to accept that you are a vehicle of emotions. It’s a high, an addiction actors feel. You want to feel, you want to experience things, you want to cry; it really is like a drug. You want more and more. So, to be pushed even beyond that, I think, is the dream of every actor.

  7. Trayan Trayanov ’01: Those So-Called ACS People

    May 31, 2017 by American College of Sofia

    ACS encourages this kind of self-discovery and exploration, but it also changes you at a deeper level – the way you view yourself, your place in the world, and your relationship to others around you. It’s not possible to just drift through this school. Rather, there is a slow-motion alchemical reaction that unfolds as you pass from grade to grade. You change fundamentally during your time here. ACS in turn permits itself to be changed by each one of its classes.

  8. Dimiter Lambrinov ’39: The College, My Home Away from Home

    May 9, 2017 by American College of Sofia

    I came to the American College after 4 years at the French College in Plovdiv. When I had a nightmare in Simeonovo, I dreamt of being back in Plovdiv. I couldn’t avoid comparing the two institutions all the time. Of course, it was always in favor of the American College.

  9. Conquering Countless Admirers, Having a Friend for 72 Years that You Never Met, Flying Solo to the USA at 86, and the Importance of Daily Routines: the Incredible Journey of 98-year-old Mara Bozhilova-Popova ’38

    February 1, 2017 by American College of Sofia

    …Why I wanted to get to Sofia so badly, I don’t recall anymore, but it wasn’t on one of the designated days when it was allowed, yet I was determined to go. At the College gate there was a guard in uniform, so I had to leave from somewhere else to avoid being caught; I had chosen the fence at the back. I had to do it outside lunch hours, too, so that most students would be in class. So I arranged with a friend of mine to skip foreign language class – she studied German and I French – and to meet at the chosen spot by the fence a little after 3 o’clock. How would I jump over the fence? She would help me up. I jumped over and picked up my bag.

  10. A Different Kind of Reunion

    September 20, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    After losing touch with each other during the war, best friends Hilda, Hristina, Veska and Ceca found one another again 50 years later, when Hilda’s blast-from-the-past phone call almost gave Hristina a heart attack. Those ladies have now known each other for nearly 70 years, and in Hilda and Hristina’s case – 76 years! It is kind of incredible that spending just a couple of years together, here at ACS, they managed to grow so fond of each other. Or as Hristina’s husband had jokingly put it: “This American College of yours! I really don’t understand how you can talk for more than 50 years about something that only lasted less than 5!”