It's a long way from Beijing to Andover, Massachusetts. For Henry--as well as fellow students from Jamaica, Korea, Czech Republic, Spain, Canada and elsewhere--Philips Academy made it easier.
"I was educated in Chinese public schools and at first, I struggled to accept other points of view," he says, "but now, after three years, I really think that having different points of view, and sometimes opposing points of view, is really very beneficial for the whole student body."
The more than 300 courses to choose from is another bonus. "In China, I did not have the option to choose which courses I was going to take but here, every student can find interesting courses that fit his or her own interests."
For Henry, that includes majoring in the humanities and finding time to be president of the international club and part of the ambassador program that welcomes new students. "I'm too busy to miss home," Henry says with a laugh. "This place is like home for me now. It's really a community of its own."
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