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Where do you live on campus? Why do you like it?

I currently live in the Olvey-Andis residence hall. This location is very convenient because it is nearby all of the buildings which are important to my studies this semester, and has much of the same communal facilities which I had access to last year.

Tell us about your classes this semester. Which are your favorites and why?

I'm taking four classes for a total of 16 credits. I love studying language and learning about the science of language acquisition and implementation in society, which is why I chose this major. I also enjoy expressing myself through the arts, and two of my classes allow me to do so through media I am eager to learn about. My classes this semester are Advanced Japanese, Classical Latin, Drawing, and Making Music with Computers.

Why do you like Earlham?

Earlham College is probably the best choice for me out of all the colleges I could go to; even out of the thousands I have never applied to. I fell in love with Earlham after I was given the privilege of attending the Explore-A-College program in the summer of 2014. I, along with about 60 other students, was able to take an intensive summer course taught by an Earlham professor, live on-campus, and experience all that Earlham College has to offer. The experience was actually the cause of a major turning point in my life, and reignited the passion for learning I had lost through a difficult and depressing middle/high school life. Earlham allows me to pursue the topics which I truly have interest in and encounter various cultures from around the world which I would not have access to otherwise. This enables me to develop global sensitivities and a progressive mindset that will shape the rest of my life.

What are your plans for winter/summer break?

Over both winter and summer break I will return home and help out at my local library. I had worked there for the past two summers to help pay for my college tuition and I need to keep on top of it so that I can continue to enjoy learning at Earlham.

What are your plans post-Earlham?

The field of my summer job is also the direction I hope my career will go in, as my ambition is to become a public community librarian. In my hometown of Indianapolis, libraries are no longer only reference sources as they used to be, but they focus on community services and publicly available facilities to give help to those who need it. My library is also centered around juvenile education and entertainment, which is something I recently realized brings me true joy. I hope to continue work as a Summer Reading Program clerk and encourage kids to read for fun and for knowledge.

Tell us about an off-campus program you did and what was special about it.

In the Fall Semester of 2017, I am hoping I will be able to go to Morioka, Japan for the SICE program. SICE is the Studies in Cross-Cultural Education co-hosted by Earlham College and Iwate University. In going on this trip I will have the privilege of taking classes at Iwate University along with native Japanese students. I will also be serving as a teaching assistant for local kindergartens, middle schools, and high schools. I am very much looking forward to this experience, as it will be the epitome of my passion for language learning. Teaching is another of my passions, and teaching English as a second language will give me a valuable experience that will help to shape my ambitions.

Anything else you would like to tell your donor?

My family is relatively poor, so it is only thanks to the generosity of sponsors and various scholarship patrons, private and government-provided, that I am able to fulfill my academic pursuits. Earlham is the perfect fit and simply being here makes me happy every single day. Thank you so much!

Andrew Noah Finnell

Andrew Noah Finnell 2019

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Major at Earlham: Comparative Languages and Linguistics

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