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    1. Sophia Gilmour '19

      What languages can you speak?

      I am fluent in English and semi-fluent in French.


      What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?

      Phillipian, Iclub, Crew, Cross Country


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

      I’ve really enjoyed being international here. I feel that the different perspective I bring to discussions is valued by my peers and by teachers alike. Being so far away from London makes Andover feel like a second home and I’ve learnt to treat it as such. Even when I get homesick, there are support systems (like iclub!) to help me.


      What are your favorite thing(s) about Andover?

      I love how everyone is looking out for each other. I found this to be the biggest difference coming from my old school. Everybody is here to help: teachers, friends, prefects, proctors, affinity groups etc. There is always somebody you can turn to who will be more than glad to listen to you and help you through whatever your struggles are.


      How does Andover compare to your home?

      In London, I live at least 10 minutes away from any of my closest friends, which means it takes more time to organize seeing people. I love the boarding experience here because I can walk to anyone’s dorm whenever I want, but also have the option to be alone. Andover is one of the most diverse places I’ve ever lived in. This is very different to my old school, and I think to a lot of the schools that new students might be coming to. Appreciating this diversity and the differences between here and home has made my experience transitioning a really enjoyable one.


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

      Both of my parents are South African, and we go back at least once a year. I used to feel guilty for being more British than I am South African, but just as I have here, I have learnt that being different from those around you isn’t a bad thing. I don’t speak Afrikaans, I can’t light a braii, and I’m terrible with insects, but I bring a different culture with me, and one that I have learnt to value. 

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