Moritz-Jacob Mohr '20 (Germany) will pursue a degree in International Business with a specialization in Asia at Rotterdam University of Applied Science. He was a perfect 3-for-3 on his applications, having also received good news from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Moritz’s long-term goals include working in the real estate field, developing innovative products, and trying to build a better bond between Asia and Europe.
A TASIS student since Kindergarten, Moritz capped off 13 impressive years by receiving the prestigious ECIS Award for International Understanding at the 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Fluent in German and English and proficient in Italian, known for his affable personality and love for the Model United Nations program, and lauded for his exemplary work on two service trips to Mongolia, Moritz was a natural fit for an award that specifies its recipient must be “a good representative of his or her own country, with a positive attitude towards the life and culture of others, able to converse in at least two languages, a contributing force in the life of the school, with the ability to bring differing people together into a sense of community, thus furthering the cause of international understanding."
Moritz also acquitted himself very nicely in the classroom, earning the AP Scholar with Honor designation for scoring highly on four Advanced Placement (AP) exams—United States Government and Politics (5), German Language and Culture (5), 2-D Art and Design (4), and English Literature and Composition (3)—and even finding time to fit a few International Baccalaureate (IB) classes into his schedule.
Shortly after his graduation in May 2020, Moritz answered the following questions about his time at TASIS The American School in Switzerland.
What are you most proud of from your many years at TASIS?
After being at TASIS for 13 years, I've learned a lot of things—mostly about how to speak, how to interact with other people, and how to build my international portfolio of the people I love and have gotten to know at this amazing school. One of the biggest accomplishments that stands out to me is my THIMUN (Model UN) career, as I was the only four-year participant, was the TASIS student leader twice, and was the first-ever TASIS chair my junior year before returning as a chair this year. I've helped build up the TASIS MUN program to what it is now, which is an amazing program that I will always support and hope to one day come back to TASIS to help with.
A second major accomplishment of mine was receiving The ECIS Award For International Understanding, which I am highly appreciative of and grateful to TASIS for.
Another great memory and accomplishment at TASIS was traveling twice to Mongolia through the Global Service Program—one time as a student and the other time as a student leader. There I was able to teach English and interact with the disabled children of a town called Ulgii, which was a huge honour because I got to understand the life of the Mongolian people and see how they face problems with learning and how they combat their struggles. I'm grateful that TASIS offers opportunities like this to its students, and I hope they appreciate the gravity of what it means to go to another country to help underprivileged people.
Do you feel that your time at TASIS has prepared you well for college?
Yes, especially with regard to the connections I’ve made and the techniques I've developed to help me understand academic material.
What courses or teachers will you remember most fondly?
I didn't come to the point where I am right now without the help of many teachers who have been by my side for the past 13 years. But the two teachers I want to thank highly are Brody Fredericksen and Matt Federico, who have become mentors and dear friends of mine—friendships that I will care for deeply.
What do you think you will miss the most about your time at TASIS?
The beauty and the family environment are what I’ll miss the most.
Clearly this wasn't the way you and your classmates wanted to end your time at TASIS, but is there anything positive you can take away from this very difficult spring?
It’s life. Life isn't perfect—it's a rocky, winding road, and you never know what's around the next corner.