I have a considerable number of day student friends who make fun of the boarding life. Having to sign in? Not being able to get into cars without permission? Not being able to drive? All targets up for attack, and all valid problems of the boarder’s life. It’s no surprise that day students get to enjoy much more freedom than we boarders do. Even if the workload gets to all of us in the end.

Mind you, they don’t know what they’re missing.

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It’s been about week since the Admissions Office released its decisions. As I start my own college search now, it is indeed a striking moment to look back at the past. I can remember myself, two years ago, waiting anxiously for that e-mail to arrive (as an international student, I received an e-mail before getting the actual envelope that my fellow bloggers here so highly prized). I still recall taking a hot shower while singing Gary Jules’ “Mad World” to calm myself down before my dad came in, iPad in hand, to tell me the good news. Continue reading

Digital education @ Andover

I should start off by offering a much-needed Happy New Year, however delayed it may be. Well, it’s still the beginning of the new Chinese Year, so — Hmm. I guess it’s not that bad. Happy Year of the Horse!

In any case, as we head into the murky, unexplored depths of 2014, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at several ways that technology is being integrated into our learning at Andover. Our Head of School Mr. Palfrey really embraces today’s digital age — like, he really embraces technology; he teaches a course on hacking, owns Google Glass and you can even follow him on Twitter at @jpalfrey — so it seems only appropriate that education at Andover would head into the digital domain, as it always has been. Continue reading

Clutch Collaborative Panel

Hello, all!

This past week, I had the opportunity to speak on The Clutch Collaborative Panel here at Andover. Clutch is a club on campus that supports students who are working to promote social change in the world. I was there on my behalf on the non-profit organization that I started, Food For Friends. Being there with my peers and listening to their efforts to make a difference was truly inspiring. I have always loved giving back to the community. There is no better feeling than knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life. Talking with others who share that passion was really cool.

It is easy to get wrapped up in the craziness of our lives—school, sports, tests, homework, friends—I know I am guilty of sometimes getting lost in my

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An Update

Hello My Dear Sweet Admissions Blog Readers,

Well. This is certainly a tad awkward. I missed you. I’m sorry I haven’t written in so long. I’ve been so busy, you see, surviving my senior year of high school. Since I last wrote to you, many exciting (and not so exciting) things have happened to me.

1. I went to India on a trip called Niswarth. That was pretty crazy/awesome/incredible/sad/confusing. I went with 14 other peers and three teachers, all of us from PA. It was the best experience of my life.

2. I learned to drive. Sort of. In a parking lot. With no other cars. At 5 mph. Hey, it’s something. And at Andover I never need to drive anyway.

3. I started my Senior fall!

4. I went to approximately a million College Counseling meetings.

5. I applied to college.

6. I went to a million other meetings.

7. I slept and ate in my spare time. (Read: I barely slept.)

8. We published a book that I have been working on with other students and faculty for almost two years! It’s called Out of the Blue, and it’s a book about identity at Andover.

9. I got into college. (I am still under the impression that they sent the wrong envelope.)

10. I started my Senior winter. My favorite class currently is called Abbot Global Seminar, which is a fantastic combination of English and philosophy.

11. I neglected my blog writing. My sincerest apologies. But that’s not important. We’re together again. <3

Anyway, I just wanted to give you guys an update. Andover has always been a very busy place. But now, so close to graduation, so close to leaving, I feel like I’m on a deadline. I want to squeeze every drop out of this experience, because it truly is a remarkable one. I could never truly convey my love for this place. You have to come feel this for yourself.

Good luck to all you applicants! I have some funny stories about my own application experience, but those will have to wait for another day…

Snow, spotlights and solstice

When the snow started to fall after 12, it looked like the evening wasn’t exactly going to be a pleasant one. The snow was piling down quickly, and several e-mails announcing the cancellation of evening activities and services were flooding in. The night was going to be a dark and dreary one, and I couldn’t wait to get back to my dorm and cuddle under a blanket for the rest of the night.

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A quick look back at the weekend

All of us at Andover are currently on a two-week period of classes before we break again for Christmas. Even then, despite the short period of time that we have together, we’ve still found ways to make the most out of it. Take a look at my weekend, for example. Continue reading

Andover Mock Trial Heads to Harvard

May it please the Court,

This past weekend, while everyone else was up north cheering for the Big Blue at Exeter, Andover Mock Trial headed a bit further south to Harvard for a mock trial training conference.

Before leaving, I insisted on touching the famous foot of John Harvard!

Before leaving, I insisted on touching the famous foot of John Harvard!

The two-day seminar featured high schoolers from all over the country, come to learn techniques from Harvard College’s very own mock trial team.

We sat in on lectures that covered everything from how to be an effective and entertaining witness to how to be a lawyer who commands attention. Objections, courtroom etiquette, and case preparation were just some of the many areas covered in the lectures. They were immensely helpful and I couldn’t wait to apply what I’ve learned! During our breaks, it was also a lot of fun hanging out in Harvard Yard and Harvard Square, and the seminar was a good bonding exercise for PA Mock Trial.

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Electronic Music

At Andover, every student is required to take a Music elective, and the Music Department offers a huge range of courses to choose from such as introductory music, music history, improvisation, AP music, film scoring, electronic music, and – wait. What? Electronic music?

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Hafsat Abiola’92 returns to Andover

Hafsat Abiola’92, this year’s Finis Origine Pendet speaker, truly inspired me with her speech during all school meeting this week. Hafsat Abiola spoke about how her journey at Andover inspired her to fight for civil rights in Nigeria. Abiola’s mother sent her to Andover in the hopes that her daughter would have more opportunities for a better life. While Abiola was in the states attending Andover and later Harvard College, both of her parents were assassinated. They were killed for attempting to create a democracy in Nigeria. However, this did not stop Abiola. After finishing her schooling, she returned to Nigeria to continue the mission her parents started. In Nigeria, she founded the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, an organization that works to end violence against women and give women a voice in society. Continue reading