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“I started to realize who I was – that I represented the potential in kids from communities like mine..."

Rob - Senior Bronx, NY

“Not only was it a different type of education, it was a different environment,” Rob explained of his first impressions of Andover. “I wasn’t used to the suburban way of life, nor did I understand the New England culture.”

Soon after arriving, however, he realized, that as much as Andover stood to give him, he had an opportunity to give something back. The three-letter athlete (football, basketball and track) said “I started to realize who I was – that I represented the potential in kids from communities like mine. I was here to prove that I was just as capable of achieving my goals as someone who grew up with an abundance of resources.”

In addition to captaining the track team, Rob dances hip-hop in the student club hypnotiq, mentors in the African-Latino-American Mentoring Program, teaches Personal and Community Education to sophomores as a PACE senior and serves as president of his cluster. At Andover, he discovered his voice – literally: he decided to take voice lessons, finding that he not only loved to sing, but developed an appreciation for the “art of singing.”

“Most of all, I love to write poetry and sing. I also love to dance; I’m literally dancing every second of the day.”

Asked what advice he’d give someone who wants to thrive at Andover, the four-year senior doesn’t hesitate with an answer: Andover, he says, is as much about success as it is about failure: “Only the great acknowledge their weakness. So, when you fall, ask yourself why: It’s the answer to that “why” that will get you back up.”