Max Ettelson ’10


St. Paul’s School, ‘13
Tufts University, ‘17

Recent Events:

Max just returned from a four month study-abroad experience at Zhejiang University (浙大 in max ettleson photoHangzhou, China.  He notes, “Although the cities are quite modern and have many western influences, Chinese culture is vastly different from what we have in the United States.  Although it was difficult to adjust at first, once I learned to 入乡随俗 (do as the Romans do), I was able to embrace China and understand what makes it so special.  During my four months, I studied mandarin intensively, learned about Chinese history, and spent almost every weekend traveling to a different part of the country.”

Current Studies:

Max is currently pursuing a major in Computer Science and a minor in Chinese at Tufts University.

Max shares his favorite Applewild memories:

Playing in jazz band with Mr. Bonanno could turn even the worst Mondays around.  I had wanted to play in the jazz band ever since I was in Kindergarten, and it was an experience that has had a huge influence on my life.

Sixth grade history class with Mr. Paul instilled a deep interest in Roman history that has stayed with me to this day.

Applewild Influences:

It goes without saying that Applewild had a huge influence on my academic career.  With the education I gained there, I was accepted to St. Paul’s School, and I was well-prepared to take on the school’s challenging curriculum.  I was also heavily involved in the school’s music department, especially the band and jazz band.

My academics, however, were only a small part of what I learned in elementary school.  Applewild taught me not just how to be a good student, but a good person.  I learned to make friends, be a team player, and most importantly, to admit to my mistakes.  It’s a safe place for students to learn about themselves and the world around them, and I’m grateful that I had the experience to be one of those students.

Posted: February 17, 2016