1. Radosveta Gencheva ’15: My Dreams Rely on The Power of Knowledge

    August 1, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    By learning enough and diving deep enough, you can maintain your interest in any subject area and this is most easily inspired by people who share their knowledge and experience with enthusiasm and who are truly devoted to what they do. Almost always they have the clear sense that they are doing this in order to serve others and this is what makes their lives meaningful.

  2. Veronika Georgieva ’98: On Life in Japan

    August 1, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    The most beautiful places in Japan are the parks in March when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Walking, surrounded by hundreds of white trees, watching the petals fall like snow and make a white carpet on the floor is the most beautiful scene I have seen here.

  3. Angel Kozlev ’16: When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Free

    July 5, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Juggling is like art but is much more physical than photography and, like dance, is complicated to explain.

  4. Colin Boyd Shafer: Issues Bigger Than the Classroom

    July 5, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I hope that the message that I teach them is that they can have an impact on some of these crucial topics… not just learn about them and do nothing. I hope that they get that from me, whether from the class or from the content, that I show them through my own life that they can make a stand. If you are in a position of any sort of privilege, that is the perfect opportunity to look around yourself and say, “Where can I make a difference and help?” Not being a savior, not going and rescuing the other, but instead just trying to recognize that you are lucky and you could be in another person’s shoes in the future. Hopefully, by learning about the world and Geography, you are not just learning about things out there, but you are realizing that you are connected to them. And that you could be a part of whatever story you want to.

  5. Elena Stoycheva ’00: Your Granny Has Something To Tell You!

    July 5, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    My dream is that more people would start caring and sharing! Everybody needs to take responsibility, now that we know how human activities influence the environment. I think that we do not need to own so much; we can use things again and share, instead. We can invest more in experience and togetherness. We should be more sensitive toward the environment and each other, and we should care about beauty.

  6. Dobrin Georgiev ’43: The Children of the College

    July 5, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I’m an invalid with these wounds of mine, the pleura – torn back there on the shoulder blade, and in spite of it all I’m in my ninety-second year. The College, the College – all of those sports, the work. We worked at the College, there were no slackers. We’d say, “Let’s make ourselves a pool,” and we all went to dig it, and then we swam and competed in it.

  7. Georgi Gospodinov: Never Stop Wondering

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    May 26, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    There may be 10-15 books that will remain important to us, but until we find them we’ll have to go through entire libraries. Read, purposefully or randomly. Read when you’re frightened or calm. When you’ve been turned away or you have turned away someone, in either case the pain is great. Words can comfort. They can hurt too, of course. Don’t be afraid of being hesitant, unsure, or of trying the taste of sorrow sometimes. People are made of that too. We are immersed in a culture of success that constantly urges us to show strength, confidence, to rush and win. I confess that some of the most important events of my life are those that never happened. The things that never happened, like the loves that never happened, sometimes last longer and sprout a different kind of knowledge.

  8. Георги Господинов: Не спирайте да се учудвате!

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    May 26, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Четете – подредено или безразборно. Четете, когато сте уплашени или спокойни. Когатo са ви изоставили или вие изоставяте някого – и в двата случая болката е голяма. Думите могат да утешават. Могат и да нараняват, разбира се. Не се страхувайте да бъдете разколебани, несигурни, да опитате вкуса на тъгата понякога. Човек е направен и от такива неща. Потопени сме в култура на успеха, която ни кара непрекъснато да показваме сила, увереност, да бързаме и да печелим. Ще призная, че едни от най-важните събития в моя живот са онези, които така и не са се случили. Неслучилите се неща, както неслучилите се любови, понякога траят по-дълго и са извор на друго знание.

  9. Liliana Ikonopisova ’42, Together for Better, for Worse

    May 12, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Rufi and I met on the first Mountain Day and have been together ever since. We went to (medical) university together, got married, and stayed by each other’s side until his passing. He was a gorgeous, tall, well-built poet, writer, and singer with a heavenly voice. He could imitate Sinatra so well that people were stunned when they heard him first.

  10. Tsvetana Beleva ’42: Laughter Is the Best Medicine

    April 12, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    The plot of the one-act play based on the song was the following: a soldier who has joined the army misses his beloved. They arrange for her to come out and meet him one evening. The ironing boards were turned into the barrack fence, each appointed student standing behind a board and holding it. One girl stood up on a chair, holding up a round platter – the moon. The couple stood conversing at the barrack gate. Suddenly, the general comes out. This was my part. I had put on the brown uniform of night guard, had tightened it with a belt to fit and headed towards the two lovebirds. To be more genuine, I was imitating Mr. Dyakov, the Dean of Boys’ School. Actually, everyone knew this, thanks to my successful mimicry. When we finished, thunderous applause burst out from teachers and students. We won first place that Stunt Night. On the next school day during the big break, I was summoned to Mr. Dyakov’s office. Stunned, I feared I would be punished. Instead, he welcomed me heartily, saying: ”Tsvetanke, you made me look so good! Thank you!“ I left relieved. What a lesson on how to take jokes at your expense, if you are intelligent!