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  1. Asia

    1. Allison Zhu '19

      What languages can you speak? 

      English, Chinese


      What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?

      Model UN, Out of the Blue, Prefect in Double Brick, Tour Guide, Soccer, Track and Field, The Philllipian


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

      When first arriving on campus, so many questions were floating around in my mind. Is the Andover community accepting? Will I miss the night lights and bustling streets of Shanghai? Will I feel homesick?
      However, all these questions were soon answered as I entered the CAMD office—where the New International Student Orientation registration was being held. I was welcomed by an excited group of World Partners who made sure I adjusted to the new environment at Andover, and from jet lag!
      Since then, I have shared so many beautiful, special moments with the Andover community, and I cannot wait to continue making more of these memories at Andover, especially with the new international students! 

      What are your favorite thing(s) about Andover?

      What I love about Andover is that when I feel the urge to speak up or take action, Andover pushes me to do so. The opportunities and support I receive here bring me to not only accomplish small, impactful actions, but also long-term change. My support system at Andover, including friends, dormmates, classmates, faculty, and staff, is always there for me, and I am proud to say that I can trust and rely on them. Living with your friends and being able to form strong relationships with the adults on campus is an incredible experience. I am always surprised at how many wild stories the members of our campus have to share, and I am sure there are many I have yet to discover!
      And not to forget, my absolute favorite dessert in Paresky Commons is bread pudding—trust me, it is delicious!


      How does Andover compare to your home?

      I grew up in Cupertino, California, and four years ago, I moved to Shanghai, China. Andover is different from the California vibe and the busy city life in Shanghai. My first few days as a new freshman living in Nathan Hale felt strange. The woody location and eerie silence at night was a big shift from the street lights and honking cars outside my apartment in Shanghai. Also, compared to the amazing weather in California, New England’s weather during the winter is the worst—so make sure you are prepared for snowy treks!

      As for how the Andover community compares to my community at home, I find that people on campus have more conversations about core cultural identities. Our campus strives for equity and inclusion, and “youth from every quarter,” so I urge the new students to take advantage of this.


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

      I remember one time when visiting my grandparents, who live one hour away by high-speed train, my brother and I had a funny encounter with a taxi driver. The jolly taxi driver turned around, grinning at me and my brother (David Zhu ’21), then asking my dad, “Is one of them adopted?” My dad chuckled and explained that both of us were born in the United States. The one-child policy only became a two-child policy last year, so the taxi driver was surprised to see siblings, especially with ages so close together.