Mihir Dhawan

8 Years

at AES

1. What has been your favorite memory at AES?

My favorite memory was in 8th grade when we had an apple pie baking contest between the advisories, and our advisory didn’t win the best crust or the best filling award. I think we won what's known as the Train Wreck award. That day was so disastrous because nothing went right, and we were recognized for it. I was super proud, and it was a learning experience because from that day onwards, I knew that I should never leave broken eggshells in the mixture.

2. How have your experiences writing your book and engaging in theater at AES shaped you?

Both experiences have stimulated both my creativity and my leadership skills. I’ve also learned that trying new things goes a long way. In 10th grade, I tried directing a play for the first time, and I was extremely nervous about even talking to middle school kids. At some point, I decided that my unwillingness to interact was futile, so I gradually came out of my shell and managed to lead several group activities. In fact, I liked directing so much that I decided to do it again in 11th grade (shout out to my co-directors Ananya B and Pavitra who suffered alongside me). This time I adapted and wrote the play myself and milked it for CAS, but that second part is not important. Writing that play allowed me to understand how interesting writing is in general, and I decided to give fantasy creative writing a go because I’d always been interested in the genre. I set out some time everyday in addition to my stressful workload, and it was really difficult at first, but by pacing myself, I actually managed to make progress and get it published. Currently, I’m working on a sequel, and I’m glad I have more time to write it with some of the free time I’ve accumulated by being on the non-exam route (good luck next year juniors).

3. What are you going to miss the most about AES?

I’m going to miss the supportive faculty and students. There were many teachers, friends and other community members that encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do. This was extremely helpful in keeping me sane all these years, and I’m eternally grateful for everyone’s help.

4. If you had to create a survival kit for the IB/HS, what would you put in it?

I don’t think gouging your eyes out is school appropriate, but fondue forks will come in handy. I’d say tissues to dry your tears, a pencil you own instead of one you stole from school, a wristwatch because bells don’t exist anymore and a folder because I’ve lost 90% of all my handouts. Also a positive attitude- I’m just kidding; carry your formula booklet everywhere because you never know when you need to differentiate/integrate something.

5. Which teacher do you wish you could take to college with you and why?

I’m pleading the Fifth because its literally impossible to choose since all my teachers have helped me grow as a student and as a person.