Hey there, new Andover students! Whether you’re the first in your family to attend Andover or someone whose family has been a part of the school for years, you probably heard about Andover/Exeter when you applied. But, just in case you didn’t, Andover/Exeter (disrespectfully called Exeter/Andover up north) is the day in which our varsity teams play Exeter’s varsity teams. It’s a great day to hang out with your friends and watch some amazing games. But, with such a packed schedule on Andover/Exeter, most new students don’t know what to do on. So we here at The Gorilla decided to make a guide for helping you make your first A/E the best it can be. Read along to make sure that you’re not left in the dark this weekend!
The first thing you’ll want to do for that day is study for your final exams in the hours prior to the games on campus, or in the hours prior to departure from campus on days in which A/E is off campus. You should have started working on your papers and studying for your exams two weeks earlier, as stated by the Blue Book, but it’s better to stay ahead of the curve than to fall behind! If you study at night, you’ll be tired from a long day of watching sports and dancing. So, study for about 5 hours that morning, before the buses leave for Exeter or the games start here at home. You could even bring some flashcards to study for your Bio-100 final while watching Girls Varsity Volleyball bring the heat against the X! Trust me, future you will thank you!
Next, you’ll want to down yourself in the least Andover garb you own. Wear an article of clothing that you own that has absolutely nothing to do with Andover! Have a shirt that couldn’t be any less blue and has the name of your old school on it? Even better! The best part of A/E is making people guess exactly which school you go to, so try your hardest to not wear anything blue or red, especially at the varsity football game. Also, don’t forget; expose as much skin as possible. A/E in the fall takes place in the middle of November in New England. Wear the shortest shorts you own with the most breathable and skin exposing shirt you own. Intimidating Exeter with your lack of fear of dying from hypothermia is more important than staying warm. And, on the off chance that you end up freezing to death while watching Girls Varsity Soccer wreck the X, don’t worry! Sykes was built for a reason.
Finally, return to your dorm (sorry day students, you and I both know that you’re irrelevant) and study your ass off. Why waste your time at Abbot Ball dancing with your friends and that special someone you want to hookup with and never speak to again when you could vigorously study for your exams coming sooner than you think? It’s better to work on your assignments and get a good night sleep than go to a crowded dance!
Do this and I guarantee that your first Andover/Exeter will be a memorable one! Have a great day, be safe, and have fun! Oh and don’t forget to eat some food and drink some water and stuff.