10 Questions with Mia Levy ’21

Mia Levy ’21 is a four-year Senior from Des Moines, Iowa. On campus, she lives in the Chase-Isham Dorm, and she has previously lived in Paul Revere Hall, Smith House, and Hearsey House. Levy is a co-captain for Andover Girls Crew, a former Copy Editor for The Phillipian, and a former board member of BOSS magazine. In her free time, she enjoys taking photos, which she has submitted to different student clubs on campus.

1. Crew seems to be a big part of your life. How old were you when you started crew? Where do you see yourself with it in the future?

I started the summer after seventh grade and I did a learning to row camp that was five days long and very basic, but I really loved it. Eighth grade was my novice year, so I had one year under my belt when I came to Andover, but I was still very inexperienced. It was at Andover when I became a decent rower and improved a lot. I am going to be rowing in college which is exciting and then we will see if I will be able to row after college, it’s kind of hard to tell at this point. 

2. What is your favorite Andover memory? 

My [Junior] year I was in Hearsey and we were super close. Our dorm had four [Juniors] and a prefect—we were so tight. One day in the spring, a few days before we left, we were feeling very sentimental and we woke up early to go to Holt Hill for the sunrise. At that time you could climb the water tower and add drawings on it so we added little drawings and messages. It was such a good memory that I have cherished. 

3. What is your worst/funny worst Andover memory?

When I applied for The Phillipian, I had my Copy interview and it was at 9:00 a.m., but somehow I got it in my head that it was 10:00 a.m. and I did not double check the spreadsheet for my time. So leading up to it, I was completely certain it was at 10:00 a.m. The morning of, I woke up at 9:30 a.m. and one of the editors had been texting me “Where are you?” and I said “Are you pulling a prank? I am not late, this is at 10:00 a.m., I am fine,” and they said “No, please just come.” I really thought they were pranking me so it took me so long to realize that it was at 9:00 a.m. But I made Copy!

4. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? 

I can see myself in two different situations: one is living somewhere in the woods alone, very granola, off the grid, self-sustaining. That would be so fun but unrealistic. Otherwise, I would see myself living in a city, but again, I really like the idea of living alone. 

5. Where is your dream home? 

I really like the Pacific Northwest because I like camping and backpacking and cities, like Seattle or Portland, so I can access nature and city life. 

6. What are some of your dreams and aspirations? 

This is probably not [The Phillipian] appropriate, but I want to be a MILF. When I get old, like grandma age, I want to keep wearing cool things, be a cool grandma. I do not want to fall into the old people stereotypes.

7. If you could do Andover again, would you change anything? 

When I applied for Andover, I was already rowing, that was a really big part of my application, and I was really excited about that. I think I am exactly what Andover thought I would be when I applied. I would want to throw in a curve ball or something, like pick up violin or something weird like that and try something totally different. But I am very happy with where I am so if I did it again, I do not think I would change anything substantial. 

8. Would you be a hunterer or a gatherer?

I think I am perceived as a gatherer, but I can be a hunter at times. I am definitely perceived as a gatherer because I literally gather things like I’m kind of a hoarder; I collect shells and rocks and stuff, but I often feel like a hunter in the sense that I try to go out and achieve my goals and step out of my comfort zone

9. What movie would you act in?

I am always imagining if scenes in my life were movie scenes, like what if this was in film right now, what score would I have? My life is a movie! Sometimes I pretend I am acting in a movie but I do not know what movie. 

10. What is your wildest dream?

When I was younger, my wildest dream was growing above six feet and I did it in eighth grade. I was like no way, ‘No girl is taller than six feet,’ and I did [it]!