Tag Archives: community

  1. 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!”

  2. Nikolay Georgiev ’44: The Humble Class President

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    August 30, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    There was a member of the Communist Party responsible for overseeing our neighborhood. His name was Mircho and he made sure I got expelled from the university in February 1949. Looking back, I see he was not all evil – for instance, he didn’t go all the way and kick us out of our home and city, which was our worst nightmare. It happened to relatives of ours.

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. Andrew Robarts: A Trip Down Memory Lane

    March 15, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I could go on with this trip down memory lane… from organizing the ACS First Trivia Bowl, to practicing with the Bulgarian national baseball team, to spending several nights on Cherni Vrah with the volunteer ski-patrol team (we ate a lot of nadenitsa), to picking up and taking students to school in the blue van in the depths of a Sofia winter, to playing baseball on the lawn in front of Sanders as our friends across the street conducted crowd control drills, to climbing Mt. Musala with a group students (in the pre-Green school days), to watching at a friend’s apartment in Mladost 4 Bulgaria beat France 2-1 in the Parc des Princes to go to the 1994 World Cup in the US, to arguing with a sky lift operator in Pamporovo (in the best Bulgarian I ever spoke) that my lichna carta entitled me to pay the local (not the foreign) rate for a lift ticket, to getting to know many wonderful Bulgarian colleagues (several of whom still teach and work at the school including Stefka Papazova, Maria Angelova, Vanya Angelova, and Ani Ivanova.)

  8. Patty Anderson: Reminiscing about ACS

    March 11, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Scruffy spends lots of time on the couch and probably doesn’t remember her time on the streets of Mladost 2, but she can still be goaded into action if you yell “Haide!”with just the right intonation. Our biggest news is small in stature. Mabel, our daughter, will be six months old when this goes to print.

  9. Iain McClinton: The Art of Learning

    March 1, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    The truth is that most of our school day memories very quickly fade, or rather concentrate themselves into a simple essence. I don’t remember much of most of my classes but I remember where I sat in particular classrooms. I have forgotten almost everything about chemistry but remember a particular moment when the teacher caught my imagination when describing the structure of atoms.

  10. Nikola Alexiev ’42: Living with Memories

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    January 27, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    I distinctly remember a night. It must have been May in my senior year. The weather was great outside but we were sitting in preparing ourselves for the matriculation exams in the basement of today’s Science Building, I believe. There was a net on the window and whole waves of May-bugs were flying against the net. I still remember that sound and our longing to be outside in the splendid night with its dark sky and sparkling stars.