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Ask a current Andover student anything!

ijustgetboredijustgetbored Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in Prep School Admissions
I'm a new lower (sophomore) at Andover. I'm a boarder, but I live about an hour away. Ask me any questions you have!
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  • PrepQWillPrepQWill Posts: 173Registered User Junior Member
    I live pretty close too. How often do you get to go visit your home? And how's the work load? Is it hard to adjust to?
  • ijustgetboredijustgetbored Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    I don't visit often (haven't gone home yet this year, but will next weekend), but my parents come every weekend for lunch. I could probably go home more often, but I like being at school with my friends. The workload's tough, but not overwhelmingly so. I'm naturally pretty easy-going, but a lot of my friends are stressed. There's definitely enough time to get everything done though, especially since all of my friends understand since they have just as much work to do.
  • MidnightSunLifeMidnightSunLife Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Just wanted to know if there are segregations between international and national students?and if you would consider the school liberal. I hope these questions are not offensive in any way
  • ijustgetboredijustgetbored Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    There definitely isn't segregation between international students and students from the US, which is actually one of my favorite things about going here. I live in a small dorm, and the majority of the other people in the dorm are international students. We all get along really well. I think international students have an easier time bonding at first- it's easy to relate to someone when you're both experiencing being completely new to a country- but after that initial advantage, everyone's pretty much equally close. I would probably consider the student body to have a pretty strong liberal leaning (especially socially), but the classes themselves don't, and I still know several conservative students. We just did an election spotlight for all school meeting in which both Dee Dee Myers (Democrat) and Jeb Bush (Republican) spoke, so students do get to hear both viewpoints.
    Nah, the questions are fine :) Glad to be helpful!
  • dancer5890dancer5890 Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    Do you have time (when your not studying) to really pursue other interests, such as sports?
  • ijustgetboredijustgetbored Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I do. I'm not really interested in sports, but I play guitar about an hour a day, and I like to write and read in my free time. I also have a friend who went to a dance school previously, and she spends a lot of time dancing. People are really involved in extracurriculars here.
  • gofiguresk8gofiguresk8 Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
    Does your friend feel the dance program at Andover is strong?
  • ijustgetboredijustgetbored Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    She absolutely loves it. She has a big part in The Nutcracker, and she's made a lot of really close friends through dance. The arts programs here are really great overall.
  • ExeterloverExeterlover Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
    What did you get on your SSAT and what did you write your essay on?
  • J24601JJ24601J Posts: 135Registered User Junior Member
    Hey! I'm also a new lower at Andover this year, so I'll chime in.

    I did pretty well on my SSATs, getting above a 90% overall. But honestly the SSAT shouldn't be a huge priority. I know kids who got in with SSAT scores in the 70's. Just aim to do your best on the SSAT.

    The essay is more important. I kinda forget what I wrote my essay on because I wrote it last August, but I remember it was a really good essay. For the essay, I'd recommend getting them out of the way as early as possible. Also, I'd recommend spreading them out over a long period of time so you don't wind up with a ton of work in December and January.
  • ijustgetboredijustgetbored Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    Sorry for the late reply! I did very well on the SSATSs, but I agree that it's overall one of the least important aspects of your application. As long as you get a decent score, you'll be able to get in if the rest of your application is strong.
    I wrote my essay about a television show that caused me to get interested in politics :) Make sure you write about something you're passionate about, and let that passion show. Definitely spend a while revising the essay.
  • isitfridayyetisitfridayyet Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    Thanks for the great information. I am worried about keeping my grades up at Andover. I am an A student (8th grade) in a pretty tough school. I take accelerated math, spanish 3 and all the basic stuff. I haven't taken the SSAT, but have taken the SAT and scored well. I am also in EC's and sports... but something really worries me about not being able to maintain A's at Andover. Help!
  • isitfridayyetisitfridayyet Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    How about parents on campus? Does the school allow parents to visit and do things on campus or is it just on the weekends?
  • ijustgetboredijustgetbored Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    Regarding your worries about keeping good grades- try not to worry about it too much. Everyone who comes to Andover feels the same way, and the fact that you're applying says a lot about your ambition and ability to work hard :) I think it's possible to get straight A's as long as you're willing to work hard, and even if you don't do as well as you'd like, you'll still learn a ton. Also, if you're worried about colleges- they definitely understand the Andover is a really hard school, so your grades don't need to be perfect to get in somewhere good.

    [Assuming you'd be a boarder.] Parents don't visit much, but there's no rule against it. A lot of my international student friends' parents come during the week since it's more convenient for them. I live nearby, so my parents just visit on the weekend.
  • 2kidsnoanswers2kidsnoanswers Posts: 555Registered User Member
    Hi, and thanks for taking the time here! I have great respect for Andover, and am curious on a couple of points. Obviously, everyone is bright at Andover. I've heard that for some, it can be a real whack to their self-esteem (aka "whatever you think you're good in, you're not"...because someone else is even more brilliant). Is this true, and do some kids start to really doubt themselves because of it? Is it only the most gifted that don't suffer some in their self image?

    Also, I've heard that there is a saying to the effect that the only day worth it at Andover is graduation day... I take that to mean the rest is just a long slog of hard work. Again, your thoughts?

    Some of this may be just how Andover is perceived from the outside, so the perspective of those that are there and living it is really helpful.
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