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An Episcopal, co-educational 100% boarding school in Middletown, Delaware for grades 9 – 12

Miles Abney ’20
Liz Torrey

 

Hometown: Midland, Texas

Favorite Class/Team/Club/Activity: The volleyball team. I came in as a new sophomore and my first days on campus were with the team during fall preseason. Immediately I felt welcomed and supported by the group and throughout that first season we were able to create a really uplifting, competitive, and loving environment unlike any team I had played on before. Mistakes were okay to make but not to dwell on, success was celebrated, and we worked as a unit, as a family. Words can’t describe how much I treasure our time together.

What I miss the most Due to Virtual Term: I really miss spending time with people and living so close to all of my friends. I miss studying in the presence of others, walking from class to class together, sharing meals, and sitting in places like Chapel or Engelhard all together. 

Powerful Experience: The work of the Student Diversity Committee has been really powerful to me. It has taught me a lot about myself and my background but also about those different from my own. I view the world differently because of the work they have done and I really appreciate it. 

Advice to Underclassmen & Future Students: Enjoy, appreciate, and make the most of every moment while you are at St. Andrew's. There was so much that I "saved" for senior spring—I was too focused on the work I needed to get done or extracurricular committments. Don’t let yourself work all day on Sunday. Be spontaneous. Explore the woods, treasure and make time to foster your friendships, and get to know the faculty and staff. Talk to them as they drive you places, in between classes, at lunch tables, and even ask them to coffee (especially the ones that haven’t taught or coached you). They have so much wisdom to share and are truly beautiful people. 

Long-Term Hopes & Aspirations: I plan to work with the special needs community and hope to spread awareness in order to make the world a more accepting and loving place for them and for everyone. When we start to focus on ability instead of disability, love instead of hate, and actively practice kindness towards everyone, the world will be a better place for all of us.