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Meet Our Alumni: Juan Vega de Soto

Juan Vega de Soto

Class of 2011


The education that 2011 alumni Juan Vega de Soto received at FISW fostered a love of learning, a sense of confidence, and a curiosity about the world around him. These traits will serve Juan well as he embarks on his next adventure as a journalism student at the University of Southern California School in the Fall. Below Juan shares memorable moments and valuable learning experiences from his time at FISW.


The education I received was both personal and participatory. The teachers cared about me as an individual and gave me enough personal attention to make sure that I felt that I was valued, and that my ideas mattered.


What impact has being bilingual had on your life?

Being bilingual opened up an innumerable amount of opportunities in my life that I would have otherwise never had. It has allowed me to truly know other French speaking cultures, and the perspective of the world that this has granted me really shows itself in my friendships with people from across the globe and in my academic success.

What were the most memorable aspects of your education at FISW?

The trip to France was one of the best experiences of my life, and I say this without hyperbole. I still remember every single day of that trip vividly, and it marked a significant before/after in my life.

How would you describe the education that you received at FISW?

The education I received was both personal and participatory. The teachers cared about me as an individual and gave me enough personal attention to make sure that I felt that I was valued, and that my ideas mattered. Furthermore, participation in class was always highly encouraged, which helped me develop my confidence in speaking publicly, as well as fostering an interest in many subjects.

How did FISW prepare you for Middle School, high school, and life in general?

The most important value that FISW instilled in me was that of a love of learning. Without this curiosity for the world around me, which was fostered by FISW, I do not think I would have had the same academic success both in Middle School and High School.

What is your fondest memory at FISW?

One of my fondest memories at FISW has to certainly be the last performance of the Spectacle in 5th grade, when we performed a super fun version of “Singing in the Rain."

How do you remember your teachers?

I remember my teachers as being concerned with every kid and with his or her wellbeing.

What did you do after you left FISW?

After FISW, I attended the French American School of Puget Sound in Mercer Island for Middle School. Currently, I am a senior at Interlake High School. I will be joining the freshman class at the University of Southern California School (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in the Fall.

How has FISW helped you pursue your dreams?

For its role in fostering my inner curiosity, as well as granting me another linguistic/cultural dimension to my life, FISW has certainly been instrumental in helping me achieve my goals and dreams.

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