“The best part about living in London was being able to experience the big and little things with people whom you just met, and watch as they turn into some of your closest friends.”
— Olivia Maddox ’20
Andrew Sinclair ’18
My name is Andrew Sinclair and with this short reflection, I hope to share some insight as a Jan who didn’t go to London.
I was ecstatic when I received my Hamilton acceptance letter. The school felt like the perfect fit, and I was excited to compete in cross-country and track and field at the Division III level. However, I was initially concerned about the Jan program. I didn’t like the idea of starting a semester after the majority of my classmates. Despite my initial doubts, I began to research the various options for the first semester. Immediately, I started to understand the extensive possibilities, and the idea grew on me significantly. I strongly considered going to London for my first semester, but I eventually decided against it.
I spent my first semester in Bentonville, Arkansas, where my family lived at the time. Primarily, I chose to stay in Arkansas with my family because I attended a boarding high school. I was really excited to spend some time at home after being away for four years. My semester at home was immensely fulfilling. I was very happy taking classes at a local school in Arkansas, and spending time with my family and friends. In addition, I performed in a local theatre production of ‘Into The Woods.’ Over the course of this semester, I grew to love the Natural State. I was able to meet new people, make memories, and prepare myself to start college.
Being a Jan is a unique, challenging, but rewarding college experience. So my advice for future Jans is to come to the experience with an open mind and a willingness to get involved. Hamilton will welcome you with open arms; you just have to put in the effort to make the Hill your home.