Chris, Senior

“There’s definitely an increased workload, but I’​ve found it much easier since my teachers are so much more involved. They really care.”

Chris is a postgraduate senior from Hampden, MA. He’s a multi-sport athlete who came to Andover to pitch on the baseball team, push himself academically, and discover new opportunities in the college recruitment process. Chris has quickly made a home at Andover in his small dorm in West Quad North, and has become fast friends with fellow seniors, coaches, teachers, and teammates. As a senior, he’s balancing a mix of required courses and fun electives that allows him flexibility throughout the week. Here’s a look at a typical Friday for Chris.

Period 1 | 8 - 8:45 a.m.

Chris always has first period free so he’ll sleep in until around eight, get ready for the day, then grab breakfast at Paresky Commons before his second period class.

Period 2 | 8:55 - 9:40 a.m.

Physics 420: Robotics // Instructor: Carolina Artacho Guerra
Students will create an independent robot capable of complex behavior by the end of the term while exploring all the different aspects of robot design and how they come together in the creation of a robot, including ethical and cultural elements surrounding the use of artificial intelligence. A hands-on, project-based course, students will use the engineering process to engage in science-driven decision making, and review physical concepts involved in the design and construction of a robot.

Fun competition in class helps students develop skills beyond engineering and programming.

Advising | 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Advising happens every Friday instead of Conference Period. Students meet with their advisors to talk about how their classes are going, offer guidance, and help plan an academic course of study for the year. Chris has Mrs. Fritz as an advisor, and they usually meet in the College Counseling Office.

Period 3 | 10:20 - 11:05 a.m.

English 495: Strangers in a Strange Land // Instructor: Deborah Chase
This course for one-year students explores how strangers adapt to new places and new modes of being. Does one reinvent oneself, conquer the new, or seamlessly assimilate? Works considered have included: Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, poems by Terrance Hayes and Emily Dickinson, and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.

Period 4 | 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Math 400: Elementary Functions // Instructor: Paul Murphy ’84
A course primarily for entering Seniors who need to satisfy the diploma requirements in mathematics. The course focuses on functions and their applications, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, circular, and trigonometric functions. Strong emphasis is placed on graphing and the use of graphs as an aid in problem solving.

There’s definitely an increased workload, but I’ve found it much easier since my teachers are so much more involved. They really care.

Chris On his transition from public school to Andover

Period 5 | 12:10 - 12:55 p.m.

History 495: Senior Research and Writing Seminar // Instructor: Thomas Fritz
Our primary focus will be learning how to research and write persuasive essays and papers. This course is organized around a series of contemporary themes: the duties and obligations of citizens in the 21st century, global poverty, human rights, and war and peace.

Period 6 | 1:05 - 1:50 p.m.

This is another free period for Chris. He’ll swing by Paresky Commons for lunch, and if he has time maybe head to the gym for a quick lifting session.

Period 7 | 2 - 2:45 p.m.

Theatre and Dance 320: Lighting // Instructor: Billy Murray
The course will introduce the student to the art of lighting design while also providing an opportunity to observe light in nature, art, stage, screen, and created environments. The course will allow the individual to gain applied practical understanding regarding the color theory of light, the psychology of color and light, and controllable qualities of light.

This class is so cool. We’re actually doing the lighting for The Nutcracker. Class is us up on the catwalk settting lights for the show.


Athletics | 3 - 4:50 p.m.

Chris spends most afternoons training in the fitness center doing off-season work-outs. In the spring, he’ll take the mound for Big Blue’s championship-winning baseball team, and is dedicating himself to be in the best shape possible for the start of the season with a regimen of lifting, long-toss, and cardio exercise.

Chris is looking forward to joining the reigning CNEPSL champions.

5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Chris will hang out with friends at the gym after his work-outs, then walk to Paresky Commons for dinner around 6 p.m. (He loves the gourmet pizza fresh out of the oven.) With the weekend ahead of him, he likes to head to Susie’s—the student lounge in the basement of Paresky Commons—to watch one of his favorite New England sports teams play on the big screens, or play a game of pick-up basketball with friends from his dorm.

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