During Founders’ Week at Shanghai American School, we celebrate the day we first opened our doors on September 17, 1912 by featuring some of the people who have walked through those doors since. Like Kate Vogel ’16, who attended SAS in 2006 from grades 2-11.
“I’m originally from San Diego but lived in Shanghai from when I was in second grade until I was 17. After SAS, I moved home to San Diego for my senior year of high school, before going on to attend Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, where I majored in Finance and minored in Arts Entrepreneurship and Chinese,” says Kate, who is now working as an investment banking analyst in RBC’s San Francisco Technology Investment Banking Group.
Looking back, Kate credits her teachers and the sense of community as being the two biggest reasons why she enjoyed her time at SAS. “I remember going to school in my Eagles shirt and face paint during my first spirit day…how we marched through the Pudong Links neighborhood to show our school spirit. That was the day I first started truly feeling like an Eagle,” she recalls.
“I also especially enjoyed all our school assemblies before big sporting events. And although this was a long time ago, one of my fondest memories at SAS was my team winning the APAC Varsity Basketball Championship in Guangzhou.”
“Being an Eagle really means sharing a strong sense of community, recognizing and accepting all our differences,” Kate adds. “It meant so much to me to have my SAS community when I was living as an expatriate. SAS offered a truly global environment that is hard to find or recreate anywhere else. I really miss that.”
INTERNATIONAL. EVERY DAY AT SAS.