Senior Profile: Andrew Englund


Bradley Fargo, features writer


Update: Andrew has committed to Washington University for the 2014-2015 school year. The original story is as follows.

Observe the typical senior, probably intent on enjoying the tail-end of their high school years and planning on going to college. One senior, Andrew Englund, largely fits this profile, except for one thing — bags of money don’t hover overhead, ready to cast their shadow on his wallet as they do for so many others college searchers.

Andrew’s father, Douglas Luke, is a professor and head of the School of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, and because of his job benefits, no matter where Andrew goes to school the University will pay 40 percent of his college tuition. Should he go to Wash U, his tuition is free.

Life’s going great. I’m going to college soon, and I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life”

— Andrew Englund

“I feel grateful, appreciative that I have [the Washington scholarship] and that my dad works there,” Andrew said.

Andrew’s choice for next year is still up in the air; he’s deciding between Loyola of Chicago and Wash U, both prestigious colleges that offered him money. These institutions have respective tuition costs of $37,000 and $45,000 every year, and because of the Wash U payment and a scholarship offered by Loyola covering the remaining tuition costs, Andrew doesn’t have to pay any of this money — he is effectively choosing between full rides.

“[Loyola University] has a nice size; it wouldn’t be quite as challenging [as Wash U], so I could probably relax more,” Andrew said. “It’s liberal arts, so I could find out what I want to do with my life.”

On the other hand, Wash U is a more prestigious education, and since he doesn’t plan on taking pre-med or law, Andrew is reasonably sure he can keep up academically at the school. But the settings are different. For one, he would live only 30 minutes away from his parents if he chose Wash U.

“The setting of Loyola is really cool; the college is in Chicago and right on the lakeside,” Andrew said. “Also getting out of St. Louis would be nice.”

Andrew remains undecided on his college and has until May 1 to decide, and wherever he goes he plans on enjoying it.

“Life’s going great. I’m going to college soon, and I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life,” he said. “I had a good time here. KHS is a really good school program; it prepared me well for college. It’s a nice atmosphere.”