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#Drew22: Meet Jack and Lauren

‘The combination of competitive research programs … and extracurricular opportunities—especially being so close to New York—made it clear I would thrive here.’

Jack Andrus
Ocean Township High School
Oakhurst, N.J.

About Jack

In high school, Jack excelled in history and English. He also immersed himself in the arts, as a member of the marching band, concert band, chamber choir and drama club. In marching band, he earned the Outstanding Band Member Award and Semper Fidelis Award. Also, in theatre, he was nominated five times for the Count Basie Award, winning it as a sophomore for his performance as King Charlemagne in Pippin. At Drew, he’ll naturally gravitate toward the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, where he’ll study theatre and music.

Why Drew?

“From the beginning of my search, I knew that the arts would factor considerably into my decision. Being that Drew consistently places among the top drama schools in the nation, the choice was relatively clear from the moment I stepped on campus. The distinguished program was bolstered by the incredibly homey environment that Madison and Drew itself has to offer and my experiences so far there have been overwhelmingly welcoming.”

Lauren Rusk
Robert E. Fitch Senior High School
Groton, Conn.

About Lauren

Lauren is a creative student with passions for the arts, sciences and psychology. She’s also an All-State fencer, avid writer, musician and artist, and loves participating in theatre and volunteering in her community. In The Forest, she’ll work toward the medical field through either biology or neuroscience, with a minor in public health. In addition, she’ll fence and participate in the Baldwin Honors and Civic Scholars programs.

Why Drew?

“The campus is gorgeous and the people are so incredibly warm and welcoming. The combination of competitive research programs, an outstanding fencing team and other amazing academic and extracurricular opportunities—especially being so close to New York—made it clear I would thrive here.”