Any teachers you remember or classmates you are in touch with and who are worth a profile in this section?
From the London campus, my favorite teachers were Ian Nixey and Marilyn Rushton, who is unfortunately deceased. Also, from the London campus, I am still in touch with some of my friends, mainly through Facebook these days, such as Rebecca O’Neil, Bander Momenah, and Vanessa Revuelta, among many others, as I was doing cultural activities and knew a lot of people.
How did Schiller contribute to your vision of the world?
When I was at schiller on the London campus, I realized that out of the 160-plus countries represented there, there were only two of us Americans. This made me realize that the notion that Americans know everything, and we are number one and we have most of this and that is somewhat distorted because then you realize that there are so many other countries out there and so many other people who have as much to give to the world as you do. I felt very honored to be in a learning environment where everyone had as much as I did to give to the world.
What nationalities did you find most interesting?
Africans and Russians were the most fascinating nationalities I came into contact with in London. Everyone stayed on campus, but the Russians had their own apartments in luxury areas of London. I had never seen people my age being so independent. Of course, there were a lot of people with a lot of money, and I must confess that when I went from the British pound to the Spanish peseta (pre-Euro time), I felt relieved as London was very expensive. Together with my roommate at the time and two other people we got a big apartment in the center of Madrid, and we all blew our money before the semester finished. We went to the bodegas and ate sardines and mejillones (“mussels”). I have so many good memories!
How did Schiller influence your work life?
I left Madrid and moved to New York City and I got a call for an interview for a job in the corporate offices of Tommy Hilfiger. When they interviewed me, I said I wanted to travel the world and have an international career, but a few weeks later they called me back and offered me a US-based position as an assistant in the denim area. I worked hard and a couple of years later, the VP called me into her room. She told me she remembered what I had said in the interview about my wanting to travel and that I was going to be the first ever denim assistant to be sent on a business trip. And they sent me to Denmark and Tunisia. So, Schiller did play a pivotal role in my life.
What would you like to get from the Schiller alumni initiative?
To remember the good old times and continue expanding the international network and the opportunities.