Max, Upper

“Andover is intentionally made a lot smaller through different levels of community like the cluster system.”

Max ’24 is a local boarder from Needham, MA who serves as an Andover Admissions social media ambassador and is involved with several CAMD affinity clubs. Follow Max as he takes you through a typical day at Andover.

7:20 a.m. | Wake Up

Max usually starts each day by waking up around 7:20 a.m. and gets ready for classes in his dorm before heading to breakfast with friends at Paresky Commons.

Period 1 | 8:30 - 9:10 a.m.

Physics 551: Calculus-Based Mechanics I // Instructor: Michael Kennedy
Topics include kinematics, Newton’s laws, and energy. Calculus will be used as required.

Period 2 | 9:20 - 10 a.m.

History 300: The United States // Instructor: Donald Slater
In this three-term course, students will examine the history of the United States from the 15th and 16th centuries to the early 21st century. Within this temporal span, students will engage with a diverse range of historical voices and experiences in order to unpack the longstanding tensions, debates, and inequities informing this country’s history, society, and institutions, as well as to understand how different people and groups have challenged those inequities. Through this course, students will focus on improving those skills essential to the discipline of history: critical thinking and writing, research, and informed and engaged discussion.

Conference Period | 10:05 - 10:45 a.m.

Conference period is built into every student’s schedule as an opportunity to meet with instructors and receive additional help on assignments and projects.

Period 3 | 10:50 - 11:30 a.m.

English 300: The Stories of Literature // Instructor: Brigitte Leschhorn
Literature tells the stories of people’s experiences—their dreams, their desires, their acts, their mistakes. ENG300 students read poems, plays, short stories, and novels representing diverse historical periods, locations, and identities. In their writing, students practice formal literary analysis in order to gain greater appreciation for the artistic construction of a text and its cultural resonance.

Period 4 | 11:40 - 12:20 p.m.

Math 580: BC Calculus I // Instructor: Paul Murphy
Topics covered include differential calculus: limits, continuity, derivatives, the Chain Rule, related rates, and the Mean Value Theorem. Some integral calculus is also covered. Graphical, numerical, and analytic methods are used throughout the course.

Period 5 | 12:25 - 1:05 p.m.

Max has lunch with friends at Paresky Commons.

Period 6 | 1:20 - 2 p.m.

Chemistry 580: College Chemistry // Instructor: Madeline Wong

A rigorous second-year general chemistry course that covers major topics from and beyond the AP (Advanced Placement) syllabus. While the instructor provides readings to assist with review of CHM300 material, students are expected to arrive in class ready to focus on advanced treatment of topics and laboratory investigations. A highlight of CHM580 is the investigative laboratory program, in which students are presented with a problem to solve in the lab. Given only a list of available equipment and a few guidelines, students must design an experiment and record all necessary observations and measurements to solve the problem.

Period 7 | 2:10 - 2:50 p.m.

Max has seventh period free so he'll start working on homework or catch up with friends in the library.

Afternoon Activities | 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Max participates in life sports, opting for Abbot Walks in the spring term, where students take strolls around the Abbot Academy cluster.

Evening | 5 - 11 p.m.

After his athletic commitment, Max will meet up again with friends for dinner and then, depending on the day, either start working on his homework or attend various club meetings and campus events. Max heads back to the dorm for sign-in and wraps up any work before relaxing and going to sleep.

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