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Dolphin Tales

Still involved with NIS after all these years!

Andy, Class of ‘82, didn’t really appreciate the situation he was in at the time when he was at NIS. Understandably, he was busy trying to navigate life growing up in Japan, but looking back, he wouldn’t have had it any other way, and NIS was a major part of that.


Where are you living now?
I have been around the world, traveling, studying, and working, but ended up settling right back where I started - a couple of miles or so from both NIS and my childhood home.

What kind of work are you doing?
These days, I’m juggling three jobs. I’m a photographer (, an interpreter, and an alumni coordinator. 

What’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or get most excited about these days?
Traveling used to be at the top of my list, but a gorilla size monkey wrench has been thrown into that so… These days, as a way of keeping my sanity in these insane times, I really enjoy laying in my hammock and playing the ukulele. I seriously believe world peace can be attained if everyone had a hammock and a ukulele to play.

Was there a teacher at NIS who stood out or who had a positive influence on you?
Every teacher from NIS had an impact on me (one way or another), but two stand out.

Ms. Murphy (Math) - Our final exam for her math course was a couple of pages of games, some mathematical, like sudoku, others more logical. She explained that “you are here to learn how to think. Don’t worry about the rules, just solve the problems.”

Mr. Scott (English Lit., History, Social Sciences) - He took it a step further. For our World History final in his class there was only one question: What did you learn this semester? We had two hours to answer, which he strongly suggested we use. This completely changed my perspective on learning and studying. (Although I will admit I was tempted to write, “not much,” and call it a day.)

What’s your fondest memory from your time at NIS?
So many good memories. When you go from K-12, it is hard to pick just one, but if I had to, I’m sure it had something to do with time spent on the playground with friends or in the gym with teammates.

What’s the one thing you miss most about NIS?
The people! Students, teachers, staff—we were all so close. 

And of course, we need to know, what words of wisdom do you have for today’s Dolphins?
Realize what you have. I know it’s hard now, but you are in the midst of one of the greatest experiences of your life. Enjoy it while making memories!!



以前は旅行を一番楽しんでいましたが、今のご時世では… 最近は、この非常識な時代に正気を保つ方法として、ハンモックに寝転んでウクレレを弾くのを楽しんでいます。みんながハンモックとウクレレを持てば、世界平和が実現するはずです。