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“Andover has allowed me to see beyond my personal perspective and helped me really think about the experiences of others.”

Emily - Lower Allen, TX

If there is one piece of advice that Emily would give to new students, it would be this: “Try as many things as you can. Take some chances. Let yourself discover what you like and what you don’t like. You may surprise yourself.”

Certainly it is advice she has put into practice during her first year at Andover. Although she knew before she came that she wanted to join the Phillipian staff and continue to study the violin, in her first nine months at PA she has also participated in crew, taken up the piano, become a backstage technician for theatre and dance productions, and experimented with drawing, baking, and soccer. For her, it is all part of the Andover experience.

“I have discovered that I’m rather self-motivated. I’m constantly trying to improve myself, make my best even better. I think this is mainly because I love the feeling of accomplishment. And I have found that the more effort you give at Andover, the more you receive in return.”

While Emily’s active engagement in Andover life has helped her discover several new passions and develop a variety of new skills, one thing she especially appreciates is the way it has enhanced her critical thinking skills and expanded her worldview.

“Living at a school where there are so many different people that have had so many different experiences has really allowed me to understand the many factors and circumstances that make up a person’s perspective. I definitely have a better understanding of how things such as race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, and so on can play a huge role in shaping someone’s views. So I really appreciate that Andover has allowed me to see beyond my personal perspective and helped me really think about the experiences of others.”