Junior Thomas Tsolakoglou went on a field trip to the island of Zakynthos to study an endangered sea turtle.

Junior Thomas Tsolakoglou leaves Greece to attend American school

Junior Thomas Tsolakoglou recently joined Country Day after moving from Greece. He previously attended St. Lawrence College.

Q: Why did you move?

A: My mom has lived here for a couple years. I decided I wanted to attend an American school. To go to an American university, I decided it would be easier.

Q: Do you want to go to college near California?

A: All I know is I want to go to the East Coast or Colorado. The weather is way better; it’s cloudy, rainy and cold. Greece and California both have the same always sunny weather.

Q: What do you think of the U.S.?

A: Every summer and sometimes at Christmas I came to the U.S. It’s a nicer community. And it’s cleaner.

Q: How do you feel about Country Day?
A: It’s good. People are friendly. It’s a nice campus. The teaching is more relaxed, but it’s still effective. And it’s very flexible.

Q: What was the hardest part of moving here?

A: Well, since I’m already familiar with the place, it’s just meeting new people – the different lifestyle. Greece is all about the nightlife. It doesn’t really seem like that here.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I spend a lot of time on my computer – gaming, a little bit of programming. I play a lot of board sports: longboarding, skateboarding and snowboarding. I was thinking of joining the ski and snowboard team.

Q: Why do you enjoy board sports?

A: I like the movement. There’s a certain freedom to it.

Q: So were you on the ski and snowboard team at your old school?

A: No, I was on the soccer team.

Q: What’s your favorite subject?  

A: I like English. It’s easy to understand. And I like reading books.

Q: What’s your favorite book?

A: “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” It involves cars and a dog, and those are like my favorite things. It’s a pretty realistic book about hardships.

Q: Favorite television series?

A: “Friends.” I’ve rewatched the whole series a lot of times. It’s really addicting. It makes you feel good.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Is it okay if it’s morbid?

Q: Sure. Which one?

A: Either “Reservoir Dogs” or “Death Proof.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Spend time with my dog. His name is Scout. (I didn’t name him.) I like to drive around. I’m getting my license this week. I already had my permit from last summer.

Q: What are you most looking forward to?

A: Driving around the country. Going to different states. I like the U.S.

Q: Have you traveled within America?
A: I’ve been to Boston and Washington. I’ve been all over California from top to bottom.

Q: What’s your favorite place in California?
A: I’d say Santa Barbara. All the longboarding, and everyone is chill. It’s beautiful there.

Q: What are your favorite and least favorite places out of everywhere you’ve been?
A: Mauritius is my favorite. It’s an island next to Madagascar. It’s a really tropical beach, so why wouldn’t you like it? It has crystal beaches, corals, white sand and everything. I hated Barcelona in Spain. It was dirty, and the people weren’t nice. I’ve traveled a lot. I have mileage.