Return to Headlines

February 2024 Alumni Spotlight

Giorgia Giannini

Hometown: Puglia, Itlay

Currently Living In: Milan, Italy

WA Class of: 2019

Best WA Memory: How could I possibly select just one? The pep rallies stood out as among the most remarkable activities I encountered, a novelty absent in Italy. Witnessing the entire school community—comprising of both faculty and students—unite for these events was truly awe-inspiring. My participation in both the cheerleading and indoor track teams endowed me with enduring memories that I cherish to this day. From the onset, coaches and fellow students embraced me, fostering a sense of belonging akin to being part of a close-knit family—a sentiment not to be underestimated.

Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Kennedy undoubtedly stands out. She taught English Literature, and her classes left an indelible mark on me. Her teaching was not only inspiring and motivational but also characterized by an ability to render her lectures captivating and devoid of tedium. Her passion for the subject matter was evident and she was unfailingly committed to ensuring that every student felt welcomed, accepted, and valued. 

After Graduation: After graduating from WA, I pursued my Bachelor’s Degree in Language & Media, Communication, and Information Studies’ at Vrije Universiteit in the Netherlands. I attribute much of my preparedness for this academic endeavor to WA’s provision of comprehensive tools that enabled me to explore my talents fully and maximize my potential. The curriculum and faculty at WA profoundly influence students’ futures, molding them into young adults primed for their university journeys and the professional sphere. 

Today: Right now, I am both studying and working. I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Fashion Direction: Brand & Luxury Management at the Milano Fashion Institute, and I am working as a freelance social media manager, content creator, and creative producer. I never stopped writing, and my first book, Rubik, was published in November 2023.

WA Takeaways: “Speak up, even when your voice shakes.” I learned so many lessons every single day, but if I had to choose one that just stuck with me it would be this one. During my time at WA, I learned that I had a voice and that my voice mattered. They empowered me to believe in myself and trust my instincts. They didn’t make me feel wrong, and I learned how to embrace my weaknesses because they too make me who I am.  

Advice for Future Centaurs: I would not be speaking to you today if it had not been for WA. I would not be the young woman I am today if it had not been for WA. I guess adolescence is not an easy life period for anyone, but the community at WA started to believe in me even before I did. WA is more than a school; it’s more than a community. WA is a family, and I could not have had a better overseas family. So please, give yourself and your child the gift of love and let them be a Centaur!