Coming in, I felt overwhelmed. Everyone was so smart and hardworking and athletic and social and the community was really close, and I questioned how I would ever fit in. Leaving was a completely different story. I was so sad to leave but also ready; I had really grown as a person and an individual. Nobles is unique hard work. It teaches you how to be part of a bigger community, which is not something you always get elsewhere. It teaches you the ability to work hard, to bang your head against a wall writing a paper or solving a problem set for hours and hours. I credit a lot of the trajectory of my success to what I learned at Nobles.
—Max Mankin ’07