Amelie Meyer-Robinson

Amelie Meyer-Robinson ’07

MSc, International Relations Theory, London School of Economics
BA, International Relations, University of Toronto

Amelie started at Elmwood in Grade 1, and graduated in the Class of 2007. She specializes in research surrounding economic and political development of the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Europe. Fluent in English, French, German and Russian, she has also worked as a translator while living and studying in Germany.

Amelie was back in Ottawa recently, and came by the School for a visit. While she was here, we sat down with her to chat about her experiences as an Elmwood girl.

Do you have a fondest memory of being a student at Elmwood?

I look back on my first years at Elmwood very fondly, especially the second and third grade. I really loved the teachers, and activities like Spirit Week still stand out in my mind.

I also really remember my study group of girls doing the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Grade 11 and 12. It was a very close-knit group, and we’d spend a lot of time working together after school. I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to do the IB Diploma here at Elmwood.

What extracurricular activities were you involved in?

I sang in the Choir, and I also volunteered at the French language camp in the Junior School.

How did Elmwood affect your university path?

Elmwood prepared me really well for my undergrad and made me a lot more confident. I remember graduating with so many girls who were going into the natural sciences, which was really breaking down gender boundaries and expectations. They went on to work in fields like engineering, biology, and chemistry, which I found so inspirational; Elmwood really fostered that.

Growing up in Ottawa and going to Elmwood was a very cosmopolitan experience, which encouraged me to branch out and move around. For example, while I was doing my undergrad at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to study for a year in Germany, where my family is originally from. I also interned in Central Asia and at the German Bundestag (parliament).

Do you have any advice for today’s Elmwood students?

I would say to work hard to achieve your goals and don’t give up—even if at the end of high school everyone is feeling ready to graduate!

If you could sum up your feelings about Elmwood in a single word, what would it be?

“Well-rounded,” because the girls I graduated with have all gone on to do such different things—everything from sciences to sports.

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