As part of a special feature that we would like to continue in the future, we have launched ‘Senior Corner’ articles! These will feature small interviews with some randomly-selected exceptional seniors of each graduating class of ANS. Since they are twelfth graders, they are asked twelve questions! For this issue, we were happy to be able to interview Andrés Bendaña.
What is your name, where are you from, and how long have you been at ANS?
- My name is Andrés Bendaña, I’m from Nicaragua, and I’ve been at ANS for 13 years
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
- Funny, dumb and nice. Nailed it!
What are some of your hobbies? What have you been involved in at school?
- Well, I play a lot of sports, draw, and really enjoy listening to any type of music. Sports-wise, I play tennis, soccer and basically anything that has a ball. At school, I’m also part of our boys varsity soccer team as a left back. When it comes to art, I just let my mood guide me, but I really like abstract and crazy stuff.
What are your potential study or work plans for the future?
- I would like to study either agriculture, architecture or art in the U.S.
How was your college application experience?
- I am not sure; I don’t really stress out about it—but so far, so good!
How has ANS prepared you for college?
- ANS has helped prepare me for college in many ways, but one thing that has helped me a lot has been our College Advisory class. The support I have been given has been great, and it was really helpful during the college application process.
Did you take any standardized tests? If so, what did you take, how did you study and what would you recommend?
- I took the SAT and TOEFL, and would recommend others take them too. I studied by myself and with Kidspiration. I think I began my preparation a bit late, which affected my score, so I would also recommend others to start studying early, perhaps the second semester of 10th grade or the first semester of 11th.
Have you had any college interviews? If so, how did they work and what advice would you give for them?
- Not yet!
What has been your best memory of ANS? What has been your worst?
- I only have great memories here at school! In terms of best, okay, so I have three: AASCA tennis, when I came back from being a semester in exile, and my first day as a senior. AASCA because I had a lot of fun. When I came back from being abroad because of the crisis because I was able to reunite with all my friends and classmates. Finally, my first day as a senior because it felt great to be cheered on by the whole school, and it was a day I’d been looking forward to for a long time!
If you could redo or re-experience any school year, which one would it be?
- If I could re-do any year, I’d re-do freshman year. I don’t regret anything I did during that year at all; I would just love to live through it all again. I really enjoyed myself, and it felt like a new start for me.
What is one piece of advice you would give to future seniors?
- One piece of advice I’d give to future seniors would be to not forget their school-related goals. Even if you are close to graduating, start applying as soon as you can to universities and stay focused with school and academics.
What will you miss from Nicaragua?
- Absolutely everything.
We thank Andrés for his time with us, and wish him all the best going forward!