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“I want to instill the idea of non sibi in other students because it’s so important to me..."

Carrie - Upper Baton Rouge, LA

“I try to be non sibi on a daily basis,” says Carrie, referencing about Andover’s motto. But for Carrie, the concept of non sibi is not about grand gestures and hours of community service—it’s a state of mind and way of life. “The idea of non sibi can be seen on campus every day by people saying hi, holding doors; the willingness of students to help anyone in need. The community is so supportive.”

That support was crucial for Carrie after she was forced to take a medical leave of absence during her lower year. Determined to finish what she started, Carrie returned to PA and is turning her experiences into an educational opportunity for others. She has become a patient advocate and is involved with multiple projects around the topic of students with disabilities and ableism. This spring she has organized a weekend to raise awareness for her cause with the help of an Abbot Grant and next year she will be the Barbara Landis Chase CAMD Scholar, researching the "Impact of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on Secondary School Education."

Carrie could have left, but as she says with a huge smile, “I absolutely love it here. This place is so amazing.” She cites her dorm as a huge comfort zone with “36 sisters and 3 pseudo-moms” that has become “such a warm and loving family.” Carrie hopes to continue that vibe as a dorm proctor and role model next year.

“I want to instill the idea of non sibi in other students because it’s so important to me and I want others to feel that same impact. “