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  1. Asia

    1. Douglas Yang '20

      What languages can you speak?

      I can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese and a little French.


      What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?

      I am a writer for the phillipian, a first violinist in the academy orchestra, the concertmaster for the Amadeus Ensemble, a member of the Cross-Country team, JV swimming team and the JV lacrosse team.


      What has been your experience as an international student like? (If applicable)

      Everyone in PA is warm and welcoming, and as an international student, I adapted pretty quickly to the environment here. Every single day I have here in PA is filled with excitement, with activities ranging from orchestra performances to swim meets.


      What are your favorite thing(s) about Andover?

      One of my favorite things here is the food. I was initially surprised at the variety of foods offered, especially the stir-fry. It’s nice to see how PA tries to accommodate food from all over the world. Another thing I like a lot about Andover is the support you get. Whether it is for your academic work, sports or social life, there are all people available to help you. Help is extremely accessible here in PA, and that is one of the reasons why PA is such a great place.


      How does Andover compare to your home?

      Back at home, my room is shared with my younger brother, but here in PA, I have a single. Despite having to live without my family, my friends here bring me so much joy, so I am constantly having fun! In a broader sense, the education is much different from that at home in Hong Kong. Our style of teaching is more lecture-based, while in Andover, we have a lot more projects and discussions. Although Andover is really different from my home, I enjoy every single moment I have here.


      Briefly talk about an interesting experience you had while visiting another part of the world (if applicable).

      The most interesting experience I had while visiting another part of the world was in South Africa. That was the first and only time I have been to Africa, and my family and I stayed in a lodge by the plains. Everyday, we would wake up at 4:30 and ride on a jeep to go see animals in their natural habitat, including lions, rhinos, buffalos etc. I can still recall the thrill of seeing a wild cheetah, as I have never seen one before in my life. Even though this took place when I was 11, it was definitely an unforgettable experience. XD