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1812 Leadership Scholar

Andrew Schnacky ’14

Andrew’s initial college visits left him bored… until he came to Hamilton. “There was something in the environment that seemed to be so different from what I [had been] experiencing.” Since arriving on College Hill from Rochester, N.Y., his initial impressions have only been reinforced. “What sets [the College] apart from other colleges is the people that choose to attend.”

Majoring in government, Andy feels strongly that he has had the flexibility to “pursue my own passions.” Those passions have led him to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and undertake an Emerson Grant during summer 2013 focusing on the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard. He credits Professor of History Douglas Ambrose for introducing him to someone who is “clearly passionate about his field of study.” While Andy found the class particularly challenging, “The level of intensity that [Professor Ambrose] brought to his teaching forced me to bring the same level of intensity to my studies.”

Outside the classroom, Andy is involved with campus radio station WHCL and the Hamilton Community Farm, as well as the weekly satire paper The Duel Observer and the literary magazine Red Weather.

Among the skills Andy feels he has acquired while at Hamilton are the ability to think creatively and be responsible for his own studies. “I have realized that the most important lesson is that real education comes from within you.” Following graduation, he plans to move to Washington, D.C. to work in a government position.

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