Hometown: New York, New York
Favorite Class/Team/Club/Activity: JV soccer has a special place in my heart. Anchored by the fearless and wise Mr. Robinson (and sometimes Mr. Mufuka), the team struck a perfect balance between being a ruthless competitive unit and a bunch of boys having fun. I could not be more proud to be a 3-year member of the team.
What I miss the most Due to Virtual Term: I've always enjoyed the connections and experiences made during extracurricular activities and social hours. However, I have never truly appreciated Jazz Band, Voorhees, the recording studio, the tennis courts, the band room, Amos, the weight room, the Chapel, the student center, and even the faculty and students themselves, until I had to experience all of these things through a screen. I'm bummed that I won't get the opportunity to sign yearbooks, perform on Engelhard with the senior band for Open Mic, or carve my name into the wall before I graduate. This will only make Reunion that much sweeter—knowing that one day I'll go back to campus and reconnect with the people and places that I wasn't ready to say goodbye to.
Recall in a Decade: If I'm being honest, I think it is too easy to lose faith and confidence in yourself while at SAS, because we live with over 300 talented and dedicated students in an environment where everyone is striving to be the best person they can be. In my experience, comparing yourself to your peers (or an ideal version of yourself) is one of the most unhealthy things you can do to yourself, but St. Andrew's students hold themselves to such a high standard that inevitably that happens sometimes. It is important to remain aware of when you are criticizing yourself; there is a big difference between motivating yourself to be better and putting yourself down for no good reason.
Advice to Underclassmen & Future Students: You don't need to be the person making announcements during lunch, sending all-school emails, or running a club to have a positive impact in the community. A big reason why you're at SAS is that you're unique, and you will find your own way of impacting the school in a positive way. You are a valuable member of this community. As long as you stay true to yourself, you will find that being a positive influence here isn't as hard as you initially thought.