One of Thomas Churchill's favorite memories from his time at Stanford was taking a course on contemporary German theater while studying abroad in Berlin: “In this course, I went to a play in German every week! My language skills and appreciation for theater increased dramatically. My favorite play, a reinterpretation of Goethe's Faust, was a one-man show in which I got pelted with lettuce repeatedly throughout. It was absurd, hilarious, and fun, and is an experience I never thought I'd have.”
In addition to the theater class, he learned how to cook German delicacies in his language class, visited a closed Nazi airport for an architecture class, and met Polish diplomats on a class trip to Warsaw. “I culminated the experience producing a rap music video with my best friend as we traveled around different cities in Eastern Europe.”
Thomas, who graduates next weekend with a B.A. in International Relations (IR) as well as a minor in Spanish and a minor in German, says that he is most proud of the breadth of his academic and co-curricular experience at Stanford: “I have pushed myself to try many new things, take a variety of classes, and meet people with as many perspectives as possible.”
His favorite class was History 102: History of the International System. “Norman Naimark, the professor, is a brilliant lecturer and did an excellent job of framing International Relations as an evolving process with a set of rules and constraints defined by multiple stakeholders. The readings were exciting, the discussions dynamic, and the essay questions thought-provoking.”
On campus, Thomas participated in the U.S.-Mexico Forum for Cooperation, Understanding, and Solidarity, a collaborative initiative between students at Stanford and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) dedicated to improving bilateral relations between the two countries. As a member of the logistics team and then co-president for the past year, he was in charge of planning the annual conference, bringing in high profile speakers, organizing networking events, and fundraising. He has also done a great deal of public service at Stanford—working with Servant Breakfast, Barrio Assistance, and Flying Treehouse—and has also been heavily involved in Stanford's Outdoor Community as a SPOT & Adventure Program Trip Leader and the Community Manager of Stanford's Outdoor Themed House.
After graduation, he will be a hiking leader for Stanford Sierra Camp in the summer, before he starts working at wikiHow in Palo Alto in the fall.
Congratulations Thomas and best of luck!
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