1. Garth Greenwell: “Every Human Life Is Infinitely Valuable”

    December 21, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Almost everything that I did and that was valuable about my experience in Bulgaria was tied up with the language and with being able to speak it, with being able to turn on the television and watch something, being able to listen to the radio, being able to read Bulgarian literature, which is not to a very great extent available in English, being able to read the stories of Yovkov. And also in terms of teaching at the American College, like when we read Shakespeare’s sonnets, to be able to bring in Valeri Petrov’s translation of a sonnet and to look at them side by side, or when we read Huckleberry Finn to bring in the first few pages of Yan Bibiyan which I think are very sort of Huck-Finn-ish. Especially teaching something like literature, you want your students to be engaging with the text with their whole lives, with their whole beings, and that means making connections between, you know, a book they read as a kid like Yan Bibyan and a book like Huck Finn and see the use the great poet Valeri Petrov made of Shakespeare. And this just allows for a much richer conversation.

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  2. Dr. Roger Whitaker: Looking Back, Planning Ahead

    September 28, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    The new building will reflect what we know about “next generation high schools” with respect to student-centered design, flexible learning places, appropriate technology, and learning opportunities anywhere, any time.

  3. 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!”

  4. Sava Savchev ’44: My Children, Grandchildren, and Great Grandchildren Are My Fortune

    September 9, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I recall how I once stood on Vasil Levski Blvd. chatting with my direct manager at the Labor-Union Council. A woman I was acquainted with passed by and the two of us greeted each other and exchanged a few sentences. When she went her way, my boss asked me: “How do you know her?” “From my days at the College,” I replied, and he exclaimed, “But why didn’t you mention the College in your application then?” “Well, I did write that I graduated from a Foreign Language High-School, which is what I did.” “How smart of you!” he said.

  5. Nikolay Georgiev ’44: The Humble Class President

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    August 30, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    As an expelled student, I was not allowed to stay unemployed, so I got a job as a construction worker at the high voltage plant site near Iliyantsi. I used to take the tram to a point and then walk to the construction site. On my way, I used to recite aloud two soliloquies: from Hamlet “O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I…,” learned in rhetorics class with Dr. Floyd Black as coach, and from Le Cid by Corneille “Percé jusques le fond du coeur d’une atteinte imprévue…,” learned in Mr. Berlan’s French class.

  6. Gorden Crumbie: “I Really Never Left”

    August 2, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I remember vividly the first day – meeting incredible colleagues and the best students a teacher could hope for, then the last day, in the auditorium, crying on stage to a standing ovation from students and colleagues, and everyday I can possibly remember in between.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.