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“I was a little apprehensive when I first came to Andover, since I'd be living about 2,000 miles away from my home in South Dakota.”

Emily - Upper Rapid City, SD

“I was a little apprehensive when I first came to Andover, since I'd be living about 2,000 miles away from my home in South Dakota,” says Emily. Quickly realizing that students coming from all over the world might be feeling the same way, Emily became at ease in her new surroundings. “I made friends immediately and was comfortable within the first few days of living on campus.”

With 45 states and 38 countries represented on the Hill, most students are embarking on unfamiliar territory when they arrive. For many, Andover is very different from their previous experiences. More than 1,000 students bustle about campus, and athletic, dance, music, and other activities abound. It could be an intimidating place, but Emily tells us it is quite the opposite! “Everyone—teachers, friends, teammates—is incredibly caring, and they push me to do my best. Being surrounded by supportive people had a huge impact on my lower year.”

A member of Fidelio Society—a coed a cappella choir—Emily says rehearsals are what keep her on-track despite her very busy schedule. “I forget all of my worries and just enjoy myself. I’ve made a few of my closest friends through the group.” Additionally, she’s toured places such as Shanghai with Fidelio. “The cultural exchange was an incredible experience.”

Though she’s far from South Dakota, Emily has embraced Andover. “I now feel like I have two homes,” she says.