Tag Archives: graduate

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Nelly Afzali ’17 and Nia Alexieva ’17: Drawing Inspiration From People and the Present Moment

    December 21, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    Nelly: I think that the one thing I truly dislike in the school system in general is that the focus has shifted from learning to memorizing, from creating something meaningful to writing just enough to get a 6. Our brains are filled with rubrics that we have to follow and the whole purpose of thinking is lost.

    Nia: […]Happiness is when I do the things that I love and want to do. That’s my goal in life.

  4. 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!”

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Roger and Susan Whitaker: In It Together

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    January 26, 2016 by American College of Sofia

    The College nurtures academic prowess, to be sure. But, the special value of the ACS experience is not fully captured by GPA scores, university admissions successes or academic contests won. It is in the ways that ACS graduates think about themselves, care about the complexities of the global condition, and embrace their responsibility to do their part to make the world a little better place.