Elettra Fiumi (Class of 2001) majored in Political Science and Spanish at Mount Holyoke College, a women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts. She later received a Master’s from the School of Journalism at Columbia University. She currently runs Granny Cart Productions, a video production company she co-founded.
· What years did you attend ISF?
I attended ISF from 1989 to 2001.
· What university did you attend? And your major?
I majored in Political Science and Spanish at Mount Holyoke College, a women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts. I later received a master’s from the School of Journalism at Columbia University.
· What is your nationality?
I’m Italian and American.
· Where do you live now?
I live in New York City.
· What do you do for a living now?
I run Granny Cart Productions, a video production company I co-founded.
· How did ISF impact your life?
Besides the powerful exposure to other nationalities, languages and cultures, ISF also offered a nurturing environment that gave me a lot of the quiet confidence I still keep with me today. My ISF class, the largest in the history of ISF at the time (I think we were in about 19 students), was a rowdy bunch to say the least. They’re still some of my closest friends whom I can consider like siblings. I’m also still friends with many others from different years. I’ve traveled, celebrated and even worked with fellow ISF alums. No matter how many years difference there is, I tend to connect quickly with fellow ISF alums. We often share a deep understanding of others, ourselves and the world, often coupled with a sharp sense of humor and a great sense of play.
· Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Madame Farson was one of the teachers who influenced me the most because she introduced me to literature and writing, as well as the power of interpretation and critical thinking.
· Describe ISF in one word.
· What is your greatest accomplishment?
Starting my own company.