Andrew Chen

Andrew is passionate about wealth inequality, physics, and the truth. He loves working out, playing baseball, and thinking about the world, and he was a Science Olympiad club leader at his high school. He is also passionate about education, being a student interviewer for teaching candidates and serving as a student representative on his school's Curriculum Committee. His main goals for the year are to better understand common human struggles, to discover more about himself, and to create an unforgettable impact on the kids he will interact with. He is inspired by those around him, whether they are his friends, family, teachers, coaches, or co-workers.


The Lessons I’ve Learned

Hey guys! Today will probably be my last blog. I wanted to talk about some of the lessons I’ve learned from my gap year, whether I learned them from experiencing Indian society; meeting people from other walks of life; or simply from having time to reflect on my life – a basic luxury I often…

31 May, 2019

A Big Thank You to All Donors

To anyone who has donated to Global Citizen Year, I wanted to say a big thank you for donating to GCY and for helping make this amazing program possible for me and others like myself. I had been wanting to do a gap year because I felt burned out from high school and lacked clarity…

22 May, 2019

An Overview of my Year

Today’s my final blog about my life here: I’ll be talking about the big picture schedule here and summarizing what I’ve been up to during each of the past few months. When we first came to India, we stayed for a week just outside of Pune city undergoing entry training, which consisted of presentations and…

05 April, 2019

An Unforgettable Apprenticeship

Today I’ll be discussing my apprenticeship community, schedule, and environment. Over the past few months, I’ve been working as a teaching assistant with Teach for India at a local government primary school, which serves kids from Jr. KG (equivalent to Pre-K back in the US) to 7th Standard. Upon graduating, students need to find another…

18 March, 2019

Truly Family

Today I’ll share a little about another large part of my experience here: my host family. Over the past few months, I’ve been living with my host dad Dilip, host mom Dipti, host grandfather Prakash, host grandmother Kalyani, and host brother Kabir (who’s 10 years old) in a flat in Bavdhan, a western suburb of…

15 March, 2019

The Best Cohort I Could’ve Asked For

Hey there! Long time no see 🙂 About 6 months ago, I left Seattle knowing little of the journey ahead of me. Sitting here now, with those 6 months having brought truly countless new memories and experiences, I finally feel like I have a grasp of the lessons and takeaways I’ll be leaving India with….

10 March, 2019

Goodbye Seattle…

I’m sitting in SeaTac waiting for my flight, but I still can’t believe I’m about to head off to Stanford for Global Launch. I had a lot of fun with my friends and family here in Seattle this summer, and I’m going to miss all of them very dearly. Leaving everyone you’re comfortable with is…

26 August, 2018

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