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    1. Ava Stills '19

      What languages can you speak? English, some Spanish (not fluent)

       

      What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus? 

      For sports, I play soccer in the fall and run track and field in the spring. I am also on the board of Af-Lat-Am (Afro-Latino-American club) and Psychology club. Additionally, I am part of a group of students that is planning a meal packaging event at Andover. On Sunday, May 21st in the Smith Center from 12-2pm, we will be packaging over 10,000 meals to be sent to developing countries through the organization Rise Against Hunger.

       

      What are your favorite thing(s) about Andover?

      My favorite part of Andover is living in a dorm (I live in Chase). I love my dorm not only because it is really nice, but also because of the environment fostered by the girls and house counselors who live there. We all have different interests, hobbies, personalities and do completely different things on campus, but everyone is very accepting of these differences and we all respect each other in a way that makes Andover feel so much more like a home. 

       

       

      How does Andover compare to your home?

      Pretty much everything is different from home. In Los Angeles, the weather is warmer and drier, the people seem busier and are less friendly to strangers, most people are pickier about having fresh and healthy food, there is always traffic, and, as a city, life is just a lot busier. Also, the clothes people wear at home are a lot less uniform and more casual (before last year I didn’t know what vineyard vines and L.L. bean were) than Andover. One thing that is kind of unusual for me is that at home, I do not have my own room (I share it with my sister), while at Andover I have a single. 

       

       

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

      When I was in Grenada (an island in the Caribbean) with my mom a few years ago, we wanted to go to a beach but didn’t have a rental car and had not seen any taxis around. We asked someone how to get there and they pointed us to what looked like a bus station. When a “bus” came by, it was really an unmarked grey van that only had 14 seats. It was not part of any official bus service or part of city transport, but it was the regular way for people to get around the island. I never take public transportation let alone ride in random vans, so I was pretty scared to get in it but my mom felt that it was safe. They squished about 20 people in the van so everyone was really close together and I was pretty uncomfortable the entire time. Looking back on it, it was pretty safe as that was the way the locals got around, but it felt really sketchy to me because I was not used to anything like that. 

      Andover Email: astills@andover.edu