Emilia von Bohlen Class of 2015

When asked what she remembers as her favorite GISB memory, Emilia does not only mention the GISB community and the class trips to the White Mountains or Hamburg and Berlin, but also a very special GISB moment:

“My favorite GISB memory was during art class in twelfth grade while we were painting abstract self-portraits. A four-year-old preschooler came up to me, inspected my painting critically, and told me that it didn’t resemble me at all – because ‘clearly, humans don’t have purple lips, or eyes this big, or pointy faces.’ He was talking about cubic forms, exaggeration of facial features, and the use of eccentric colors! I could not stop smiling.”

I am now:

In my fifth year of medical school at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and a medical doctoral candidate at the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg. In September 2021, I will go to Paris for one academic year to resume my medical studies at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie/Sorbonne University as part of the ERASMUS program.

After graduating from GISB:

I studied medicine at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.

GISB taught me:

the confidence to unapologetically be me

I miss:

the GISB community, which includes all ages from preschoolers to seniors, as well as the spirit of curiosity and collegiality that resides within the school. It truly is one big family!

Emila Von Bohlen

“I learned the candor to approach all new faces and the courage to follow my curiosities and instincts.”