Coral Gables High senior Andrew Langen has tutored many fellow students in math. Sponsored by Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society, he would tutor twice a week, an hour at a time. In the two years he participated, he helped 50 or more students.
“There was one person I tutored who was a senior at that time. He seemed to have a lot of trouble with math,” Langen said. “He really got what I was saying. I saw him a few weeks later and he told me because of my help, he was able to pass the FCAT.”
He’s not tutoring this year. Instead, he is involved in the Gables Chinese Club, where he is a vice president, and in the International Baccalaureate Honor Society. He joined the Chinese Club because he thinks the Chinese culture is interesting and he finds the meetings fun.
“Like last meeting, it was Chinese Fear Factor,” he said. “There were foods that are common in China that we wouldn’t eat here. Like chicken feet. It’s interesting the stuff we think is disgusting here is normal there. And the stuff they consider disgusting is normal here.”
This year he plans to get more involved in the IBHS Bridge For Peace Walk-a-thon fundraiser that is held annually after the Winter Break.
“We hold this event where we try to raise money for schools in the Caribbean and South America,” he said. “Last year we raised money for a school in Jamaica. They didn’t have the resources they needed, so we helped.”
In the past, he mostly would raised money for the cause but this year he plans to also work the Chinese Club booth.
This fall, Langen focused on college applications. He has applied to UM, UF, New College and UCF.
He still is unsure of his major because he’s interested in becoming a lawyer but he also is interested in biology or taking pre-med courses
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld