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    1. Emily Ortiz '19

      What languages can you speak?

      I am fluent in English and Spanish. I am currently learning Chinese.


      What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?

      I am involved with Psychology Club, Alianza Latina, Baking Club, Project Voice/ESL, YDO Singing, Chorus, Af-Lat-Am, Mentors in Violence Prevention, Adopt-A-Platoon, and a few other things on campus.


      What are your favorite thing(s) about Andover?

      I love how Andover pushes us to be our very best. As cliché as it may sound, this campus challenges me to do more than I ever thought I could. Even when failing, I fail at a higher level than I may have achieved elsewhere. Andover pushes us to not be complicit with anything and keep striving to better ourselves and our community. Of course, this can be detrimental too, but the friendships and relationships you forge on campus help you navigate through that. Since we live away from our families, we share so much with our friends and mentors. For better or for worse, we see each other through our highest and our lowest. These friendships are overwhelming but incredibly rewarding.


      How does Andover compare to your home?

       I am from a fairly homogenous Hispanic neighborhood, so Andover was a bit of a shock. I soon realized that some of the stuff that I took for granted or assumed to be the norm, was not. I no longer had the comfort of my family, friends, food, language, music, etc. However, although it was overwhelming at first, I really loved the diversity I found on campus, not only in a geographical sense, but also in terms of the student body’s talent, passions, experience, and more. Besides, campus was really nice because California was in a drought, so the vast expanse of green grass and foliage on campus was appreciated.

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