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.
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.
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!
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.
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.