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Lessons learned from hosting an exchange student

Author: Leon Toursarkissian ’21

Picture of TMI student hosts and their exchange students

During my hosting of a German exchange student, I learned many valuable lessons. The first was that the true colors of a person do not emerge immediately. It took my partner about a week to truly settle in with my family, and it was not until after that that she really began to feel comfortable communicating with us. The second lesson I learned is that despite a multitude of cultural differences between people, there are always things that connect us. While my German partner and I had many differences, we were able to bond over things such as sports and popular culture. The final lesson that this experience taught me was that patience is key when trying to develop friendships. While there were several instances in which I felt myself growing impatient with the odd habits or communication difficulties of my partner, I had to adjust and remain patient due to my knowledge of the varying cultures between us. Continue reading “Lessons learned from hosting an exchange student”


My time with Leonie Dietel

Author: Chloe Harthan ’21

As soon as there was an announcement for the German American Partnership Program (GAPP), my interest was peaked. It sounded like an amazing idea to be able to have a German student stay with me and vice versa. My mind was already set. I chose to be a part of the GAPP program because I wanted to be able to share the daily life of an American teen with a student from Germany and I wanted to experience their culture as well. It would expand my horizons and get me out of my comfort zone, which is a challenge I wanted to take. Continue reading “My time with Leonie Dietel”

Learning Servant Leadership

Summer Service Commissioning

A week before final exams, about 50 students at TMI Episcopal are invited to come up front during daily chapel to be recognized for summer plans that involve community service–volunteering as a camp counselor, in an animal shelter, at a food bank, on church mission trips and in many other settings.

“We are all gathered here as members of the TMI family, bound together by our common identity as servant leaders,” says The Rev. Nathan Bostian, the school’s chaplain, “to go forth from here to serve others in our communities, and around the world.” The students receive blessings on their work, from Father Nate and through the responsorial prayers of the rest of the student body and faculty.
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Community Reads brings students, faculty, and staff together

The TMI community might be apart for the summer, but it’s coming together in a new way. The end of the school year and beginning of summer vacation marked the start of TMI’s new Upper School Community Reads program that is designed to build community through a set of shared experiences.

Lynn Lada reads How Dare the Sun Rise
Lynn Lada reading the Jones Library copy of How Dare the Sun Rise outside Coates Hall.
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