A need to be more socially and academically challenged prompted Sophie Andrews at 15 to change schools, cross the bridge and enrol at ACG Senior College.
“I came to an open day, talked to the students and teachers and just fell in love with the vibe of the school,” she said. “It was the pre-University environment, the independence and the one-to-one relationship with teachers – I knew it would challenge me. And I liked being in the heart of the city right next to both universities so I could use their facilities.”
Sophie is an International Baccalaureate (IB) student in Year 13, completing the final few months of her IB Diploma Programme. A global view and a desire to study six subjects cemented her decision to enrol in the course.
“At the end of the day I wanted to be able to take Science, English, Maths and a language all the way through. The CAS component [creativity, activity, service] suited me. It was already who I am, what I do. It just teaches so many concepts that aren’t covered by NCEA. I wanted to maintain my art, sport and music. And I loved the idea of being in an international programme, alongside international students – learning about their culture and more about the world.”
Sophie has been a student leader, participated in Amnesty International, UN Youth and UNICEF and played sports at the school. She is also a member of the Youth Council Forum for Devonport which she helps organise with a small group of students from the North Shore.
A top student, she’s already had an offer from the University of British Columbia in Canada, but has opted to do a BA/LLB at the University of Auckland from semester two, majoring in politics and international relations with a minor in criminology.
“In the future, maybe I’ll be working in a law firm on humanitarian issues,” she said. “I’d like to help and give back, work with people who have had their basic human rights taken from them. Even if I change my mind – do medicine for example – I just want to help people, in any way possible.”