What languages can you speak?
Native Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin)?Semi-fluent in: Japanese, German
What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?
iClub, the Phillipian, starting my own club, sports (tennis)
What has been your experience as an international student like? (If applicable)
My experience as an international student is something I definitely don’t want to forget. At first, it was tough for me to connect well with others. Many things, like the way people acted and the different connotations of certain actions, were different from those at home. After a while, however, I was able to find people who shared my interests and who were interested in getting to know me better despite our differences. I think the most rewarding part of that experience was finding people on campus who really accepted me, because they are now my closest friends who I know I can rely on.
What are your favourite thing(s) about Andover?
I like how students at Andover are all so different, in so many ways. As an international student, I was quite afraid of standing out and being really different here. What surprised me, and what I’ve grown to love, is how Andover celebrates difference in all of its forms. Everyone here belongs to many different groups and has a variety of different interests; no one is ever forced into a stereotype.
How does Andover compare to your home?
Andover is very different from my home. I’ve always lived in big metropolises, so I’ve never experienced a sort of close knit community like Andover. Andover also has a unique culture of its own, that is very different from that of the US.
Briefly talk about an interesting experience you had while visiting another part of the world (if applicable).
I’ve always liked visiting my relatives, who live in Canada, the US, England, Japan, and of course in Hong Kong and China. I think a trip that really stuck with me was when I visited my cousins, who live in Tokyo. It was a long time ago, so I don’t remember anything except not knowing how to communicate with my cousins and really wanting to visit again. That experience led me to start learning Japanese.
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