July 15, 2014

On May 27, Michael Deliakis and Fraser Simpson (Class of 2009) set off to explore the most magnificent part of the Andes – the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. Since their mountain climbing expedition to Mongolia in 2011, they have tried to make it something of a tradition to go on an expedition whenever their schedules align. This year, Michael and Fraser were both eager to do something challenging to push the envelope. Recently, we spoke with them about their adventures, inspiration and what advice they would give to our most recent alums.

Q. Have you both always had an adventurous spirit?

Michael: I think we have both always had it, but Fraser certainly embraced his thirst for adventure earlier than I did. Having two grandparents who were explorers and a very adventurous family explains some of that. Ever since our first trip to Mongolia, though, I’ve been an adventure junkie as well.

Q. Mountain climbing is no easy task – what inspired you?

Fraser: One of the reasons Michael and I have been best friends since Level II is that we both like to push ourselves and one another. As I was graduating university and gearing up for the real world, and Michael was finishing up his first year in the workforce, the Atacama Desert presented an opportunity to do something challenging, outdoorsy and at high altitude, not to mention work on our Español!

Q. Why did you mark your trip by bringing the TFS flag?

Michael and Fraser: It’s an opportunity to show our pride in our alma mater. When we summited Tsambagarav and Otgontenger in 2012, we both thought it would be an awesome idea to bring a meaningful flag the next time we did something fun. When we heard that TFS had designed an official flag, we sprung at the opportunity to bring it with us. We recognize the important role TFS has played in our lives and we are both very proud to be alumni. We brought the flag to Chile as a tribute to our former professors, classmates and the rest of the TFS community.

Q. What are some words of wisdom that you would share with our newest alums – the Class of 2014?
  1. Don’t just work hard, work smart. It amplifies results a hundredfold.
  2. Find a way to balance work and fun in a way that makes sense to you.
  3. Try new things; don’t let fear, complacency or anxiety get in your way.
  4. Sometimes you just have to go for it.
  5. Never be afraid to be different – weird is good. If you bridge fields, you will always have a perspective that is unique and can’t be replicated.
  6. Chart your own path and don’t follow the crowd.

Michael Deliakis is an Investment Analyst at Morgan Stanley in Calgary. Fraser Simpson recently graduated from Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and is employed with Lazard Frères & Co. in New York City.

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