Tag Archives: bulgaria

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.