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    1. Gabija Saginaite '18

      What languages can you speak?

      Lithuanian, English, and German (but not fluently), I understand some Russian

       

      What extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus?

      Prosthetics class, guitar lessons.

       

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

      I didn’t experience a big cultural shock, but one thing that was a bit difficult at first was being able to fully involve into conversations. I didn’t know about a lot of shows, events, etc. that people were talking about, so sometimes it was hard to follow and contribute to the discussions. Another thing that I remember, was that a lot of people didn’t know my country or believed a lot of false stereotypes about it. Yet people here were very open-minded and wanted to both help me navigate through my first days here and learn about where I come from. I believe, it is important to understand that it takes patience to adapt to a new life and help others understand your background.

       

      What are your favorite thing(s) about Andover?

      Andover has diversity and inclusivity, that, I believe, not a lot of places do. Never before have I seen so many people from different places and cultures all around the world come together. My favourite thing, though, is that everyone is very respectful and curious about other cultures. Andover, for me, is an example of tolerance and equality. I love how different people can feel safe, respected, and understood here.

       

      How does Andover compare to your home?

      At home, I live in a city, so Andover was a bit of a change to me. At home, I have all the supermarkets, cinema, and shops really close to me, so it’s a bit easier to find what to do when I have time. Yet, I have never lived so close to all of my friends—we all literally live together in Andover! I believe, it is one of the best changes—having my friends around me has really been helpful and helped to form stronger bonds.

       

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

      A few years ago, I went to Crimea and there we accidentally met a local businessman, who was my dad’s friend (who did not come with us to Crimea). At the beginning, we were a bit confused about who this man was, but he explained to us that my dad’s friend mentioned to him we were coming, so he decided it would be interesting to meet us. It was a very unexpected acquaintance, but the man showed us a lot of great places, invited to his home, introduced to his family, and made our vacation much more exciting and memorable.

      Andover Email: gsaginaite18@andover.edu