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“While the course, no doubt, was rigorous—even downright baffling at times—I finished the year with a newfound love of chemistry and increased confidence about my academic work as a whole.”

Tyler - Senior Old Lyme, CT

“My Lower year, one of my favorite classes was also my most difficult—as surprising as that may sound,” says Tyler. Seeking out Andover specifically so he could be challenged, Tyler was a little nervous and intimidated when he first arrived on campus. “After about a month, I found I really enjoyed working at this faster pace.” Coursework at Andover doesn’t simply involve memorizing rote formulas. “My studying consisted of trying to understand the fundamental ideas behind the homework problems.” Tyler’s Advanced College Chemistry class forced him to learn concepts that he could apply to open-ended problems. “While the course, no doubt, was rigorous—even downright baffling at times—I finished the year with a newfound love of chemistry and increased confidence about my academic work as a whole.”

Tyler expected his classes to be rigorous, but he didn’t realize he would be learning outside of typical school hours, as well. “The education Andover has given me has been no less than life-changing—and I don’t mean education in just the traditional sense of sitting down and taking notes—although there is plenty of that! Andover has dared me to try new things.” Tyler is a member of the Philomathean Society and has participated in Model UN—clubs he “never dreamed of having the guts to join.” He is currently the editor of The Phillipian, and though he never considered himself an athlete, he fell in love with rowing.

“Most of all, I have learned so much just by interacting with the amazing assortment of people gathered at Andover. Has my worldview expanded since coming to Andover? Most certainly.”