As Aiglon students prepare for graduation, we asked a few questions about the Aiglon experience, and what's next.
Henri graduates from Aiglon this year and will be head to Rollins College in Florida, USA.
How did an education at Aiglon help you achieve your university goals?
As a football fan, you soon learn that the higher the expectations ahead of a game, the more crushing the defeat. When I flew to Florida to take part in the Scholars’ Weekend [for the Rollins College Alfond Scholarship], I tried to remove all pressure from my shoulders. I told myself to give it my best, but in the worst case scenario, it was a weekend in Florida at a time when temperatures in Villars were hitting minus 18, so a win-win situation regardless. Three weeks later, I was on the train back from Winter Long Ex when I received the email confirming that I had won the Alfond Scholarship and as you may imagine, there was a lot of relief and satisfaction involved.
Surely, good SATs, varied extracurriculars and a consistently good mark reading are important, but this achievement would have never been possible without the endless help from Mrs. Fanella-Koch [Director, College & Careers Counselling]. Whether in terms of counselling, paper work guidance or pure emotional support, I will always be grateful for the amount of time and energy she dedicated to my application and I hope I made her proud.
How will what you learned at Aiglon help you succeed in university? What lessons will you take with you?
Boarding school is excellent preparation for university from a logistical point of view. Joining Aiglon, I became more organised and started looking after myself more responsibly. What sets Aiglon apart from most educational environments I have been part of is the way you are treated by staff members. You receive an adult consideration, meaning both praise and expectations grow proportionally. I find this motivating and I expect to run into this kind of behaviour both in university and in the workplace.
What will you be studying next year?
I have been wondering about what I might study in university for the past 7 years and I am still not 100% committed, however I am strongly drawn towards a major in Physics due to my curiosity about the fundamental nature of reality, existence and the universe. I believe high end physics is the answer to the great philosophical questions of our species and even if I am not the one who is going to make the huge discoveries, I would certainly like to contribute towards them.