This is the official website of author and freelance writer Justin Muchnick. Click around to learn about this Phillips Academy Andover graduate and current Stanford student’s latest projects.


Facing History and Ourselves

Please click here to read Justin’s article for Facing History and Ourselves, “a non-profit organization that combats racism and antisemitism by using history to teach tolerance in classrooms around the globe.”

Justin discovered this important organization, learned about its mission, and felt compelled to partner with them as a writer to talk to its members about his relationship with Holocaust survivor Ziggy Silbert. Meeting with Ziggy began as a community service project, but through the years has evolved into an important and meaningful friendship.

Please visit the Facing History site and learn more about this incredible organization.

Books and Essays by Justin Muchnick

The Boarding School Survival Guide
Straight A Study Skills co-written by Justin MuchnickPrivate Secondary Schools Book Cover
Teens' Guide to College & Career Planning Book by Justin Muchnick

Thorndike internship encourages historical research — Justin Muchnick ’16 looks into wrestling’s beginnings at Andover

Wrestling has been a huge part of Justin Muchnick ’16’s life at PA. The senior from Newport Beach, Calif., is a four-year starter and two-time captain for Big Blue, so his interest was piqued one day last year when he asked his coach about the early history of wrestling at Andover.

“We on the team know a lot about the program’s recent history, but the early days of PA wrestling were shrouded in some mystery,” said Muchnick, who was chosen as the 2015-16 Thorndike Intern. Combining his love of wrestling and his Thorndike Internship led Muchnick to discover famed grappler and heavyweight captain Howard Malcolm Baldridge, Class of 1914, the subject of his Thorndike paper.

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Newport Teen Pens Guide for Life After Graduation

Encouraging teenagers to think about their future may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be with the help of a new book by Newport native and fellow teen, Justin Muchnick.
Muchnick, 17, a Harbor Day School graduate and current senior at Phillips Academy Andover boarding school in Boston, wrote “Teens’ Guide to College & Career Planning,” to help students explore their options after high school, including furthering their education and training, getting a job, or entering the military.

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12 Solutions to Common Boarding School Problems

by Justin Muchnick
Most problems in boarding school can be solved pretty easily. Chances are you are not the only one who has encountered one, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from an adult or older student on campus. And follow these helpful suggestions if all else fails.

Super tired? Not enough sleep? Try power-napping for 30 minutes (just enough time to get some REM sleep so you will feel refreshed) when you can. Or, sleep in (obviously) on the weekends ,and take a nap to make up for lost zzzzzs.
Stain on your clothing? Spilled something in the dining hall? Keep stain wipes or laundry pre-spray in your dorm room to treat the stain before it sets in. Then, once it is washed, it usually comes out!
Stomach ache? Keep a small “first aid” kit with saltine crackers, a few cans or small bottles of ginger ale, and antacid tablets to treat yourself before having to head to the health center.

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Justin’s View of First Loss

by Justin Muchnick

A slow move in day or a slow moving offense. Those were Saturday’s challenges

The start of the school year at Phillips Academy Andover has arrived, bringing with it an atmosphere of frantic preparation for the upcoming term. Students shuttled boxes, bookshelves, and clothes into their dorm room in a race against the clock to unpack before the first day of classes.

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Andover student awards scholarship to new McCallie boarding student

Incoming freshman Bob Moore from Louisville earns $1,000 from author of The Boarding School Survival Guide.

Bob Moore is still a couple of weeks away from beginning his McCallie School experience, but the incoming freshman from Louisville, Ky., is already earning scholarship money for himself and recognition for his new school.

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Former Harbor Day Student Announces Boarding School Scholarship Winners

Two future boarding school freshman from the South will receive $1,000 scholarships courtesy of a Harbor Day School graduate and author of “The Boarding School Survival Guide,” according to a news release.

Justin Muchnick announced the scholarship in June and said he received applications from as far away as Egypt, Iran, Canada and throughout the United States.

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Harbor Day Alum Offering 2-$1000 Scholarships

If you’re heading to boarding school this fall, there are two $1,000 scholarships available to help cover tuition costs, courtesy of a Harbor Day School graduate, author and Phillips Academy Andover student.

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Peterson’s Author Offers Boarding School Scholarships

PR Web March 06, 2015 Third-year Phillips Academy Andover high school student and author of “The Boarding School Survival Guide” (Peterson’s 2014) Justin Muchnick is seeking submissions to award two $1,000 scholarships that are available to current or future boarding school students.   Read the Full Press... read more

AdmissionsQuest’s “Top 10 Boarding School Blog Posts of 2014”

This is quite an honor for The Boarding School Survival Guide. Justin Muchnick’s interview is #5 of the top 10! From AdmissionsQuest.com: We poured over the numbers to rank our top content over the course of 2014 — from videos to blog posts. Here’s the countdown. AdmissionsQuest’s “Top 10 Boarding School Blog Posts of 2014:”   Read the... read more

Muchnick’s Take: Stanford Closes With Win

Justin Muchnick / Stanford.Scout.com January 2, 2015 As a relatively young Stanford football fan, I have been fortunate enough to experience consistently incredible seasons from the Cardinal. Blessed – or perhaps spoiled – by four consecutive BCS bowl berths and back-to-back Pac-12 championships…   Read the Full... read more

The Boarding School Survival Guide, Andover Magazine, Fall 2014 issue

The Boarding School Survival Guide by Justin Ross Muchnick ’16 Peterson’s “Rich in anecdote, firsthand perspective, and practical details, this book will ease the way for any student considering (or enrolled in) boarding school. Author Muchnick, a current PA upper, has tapped peers from numerous schools to contribute chapters on topics ranging from admissions to roommates to food to finals. The breadth of the contributors’ experiences creates an accurate, useful guide to surviving and thriving at a residential school.” Scroll to page 55 for actual... read more

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