A note from the Editor:
Inspired by Humans of New York, Limited Edition has started a new initiative this year comprised of quotes from interviews accompanied by photos, captured weekly and posted on Limited Edition’s Instagram account, “@tfs.limitededition”. The aim of the series, published in a special section of each LTD issue, is to spotlight the diverse community members at TFS, whether they are simply in everyday life or highlighting an initiative. The following pieces represent the cumulation of interviews since the first day of school in September.
"I’m really excited about getting to see my friends and being together with our whole grade again. Also, I can’t wait for the level five room. I want to decorate with a mini fridge and a TV… “
"Oh and our red ties!"
“I’m worried Nina‘s not going to get into university.”
“Ultimately, what I love about teaching is its sense of purpose. I have more confidence in your generation than I do in our generation. Whatever we’ve done, I think you can do better and I believe education is the way to make that possible. I am optimistic, though, given the students I have taught over the years. Summers off are nice too.”
“The biggest challenge of Fashion Show is coordinating all of the different components, but the excitement overpowers the stress of it, especially as we are getting closer to the show. Headshots are one of those components and everyone gets really hyped up about them, but I’m just hoping I didn’t mess them up!”
“We love performing, we love music, and we love sharing it. The energy of an audience is amazing; when they clap along to the music, in those five minutes of playing, you can truly feel the power of music. Tonight, we’re playing “Blue Rondo A la Turk”— a song we’ve been practicing for the last two years. It’s really complicated, but we love how it mixes the blues and Turkish music. We were seduced by it, just like Dave Brubeck, who wrote it after hearing a Turkish street musician playing a complicated rhythm.”
“Why wouldn’t the teddy bear stay for dinner?”
“He was stuffed!”
“I love performing, whether I’m dancing, singing, or acting. Tonight, I’m singing “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. The first time I ever performed was at Karaoke in the cafeteria. There was a really good reaction from the audience. Later, when I sang “Perfect” at Coffee House, there was an even better reaction, so I’m really excited to see what happens tonight.”
Photo and interview credits: Madeleine Loh, Level V
“What is your favourite part about your job?”
“Oh, it's a great job! I love it everyday. The greatest part is talking to people, especially the students, because they are the people I see most. Interacting with them, even small gestures like ‘good morning’, a smile, that's what I love about it. I mean it's a great school to work for and its great people to be around.”
“How have you been able to make friendships with the students?”
“I’m not sure if I’m friends with everybody, but I guess it’s because we are all genuine to each other and respect—very important. I always tend to tease people, naturally, and kind of force them to smile to stay positive because I used to be a student and I know how stressful it is to be at school with homework and exams coming, so it's always good to be positive and to keep a smile!”
If you would like to be featured in “Humans of TFS” or contribute behind the scenes as a photographer and interviewer, please do not hesitate to contact via email Nicole Dirks at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Harrison at email@example.com.