What surprised you most when you first arrived: What surprised me most was how good the food was. No joke.
Favorite class(es) and why: My favorite class is Latin because it blends all of the humanities together. It is a language class, a literature class, and a history class all in one.
Groton activities: cross-country, winter running, crew, The Circle Voice (student-run newspaper), Young Republicans Club, Catholic Prefect
Most memorable Groton moment: My most memorable Groton moment has been my team, the boys crew team, winning first at the New England Rowing Championships last spring.
Favorite Dining Hall food: Pulled pork sandwiches and sweet potato fries
Favorite Surprise Holiday (what you did): My favorite Surprise Holiday so far has been Winter Surprise Holiday 2014, or to be exact, the night before it. After the senior prefects announced that Surprise Holiday would be the next day, my whole form engaged in a nighttime snowball fight. Lots of fun.
- I was particularly excited about last Tuesday’s all-school lecture, or “Circle Talk.” Three highly esteemed journalists, Kim Ghattas, Chris Isham, and Joan Vennochi, visited to share their stories and their views on the presidential election. As someone who is interested … Read More
- After a snowstorm that left Groton looking like a true winter wonderland, it felt right to build a snowman. Last Wednesday was the day before winter long weekend, and since neither of us had much work to do, I texted my … Read More
- Over Thanksgiving break, I spotted a manila envelope on the coffee table in our living room. Bending back its metal fasteners and pouring out its contents, I discovered a nostalgia-inducing, laminated piece of paper: a Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley is … Read More
- Since Halloween and Parents Weekend overlapped this year, my mom and dad decided to take the youngest four children in my family (age range: 5 to 10) on the trip from Anchorage, Alaska to Groton. Groton offered students’ siblings the … Read More
- Every year, halfway through fall term, comes a Friday. This isn’t any old Friday. This Friday is the first day of “Fall Long Weekend.” For half of the students, vacation starts at about 11:15 a.m. But, for JV and varsity … Read More
- Saturday, September 12 was move-in day for new students at Groton. Since the cross-country team had already moved in for preseason, we volunteered to help newcomers with their luggage. The heavy suitcases and the smell of the Second Form boys … Read More
- My family is perpetually busy, and it’s rare that all twelve of us are together under the same roof. As we grow older, we are starting to branch out and spend longer parts of our summers away from home. This … Read More
- Have you ever come close to dying? Scratch that. Have you ever almost crashed in a helicopter while attempting to visit a secret fishing cabin? Well, I have. Early in August, my family was sitting around the fire at our … Read More
- Last Saturday, the Groton boys crew team travelled to Lake Quinsigamond to compete in the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships. The journey to NEIRA’s was long and strenuous. It began during preseason, when we faced the biting late-winter cold … Read More
- Last Saturday, Groton held its inaugural Circlefest, a day for the whole school to gather and have fun on the Circle. The weather was perfect: sunny and 75, and it felt like the first real day of spring, following weeks … Read More
- I returned to Groton a week early for crew pre-season practice. Spring break in Alaska was invigorating, but it was nice to settle back into the rhythm of spring term in Massachusetts. The sun is shining and the last bits … Read More
- What a year to pick the only winter sport at Groton that doesn’t practice indoors! Winter running is a Groton afternoon activity in which students run anywhere from four to ten miles out in the cold each weekday. This year, … Read More
- Tuesday, we had a snow day. Honestly, that is something I never thought I would say during my time at Groton. Since most of our students are boarders, and our dorms are only a short walk from our classrooms, bad … Read More
- The Christmas season is in full swing here at Groton, with the Dining Hall serving Christmas cookies for dessert and the entire campus sufficiently decked out with wreaths and lights. This morning was the “carol sing” Chapel, one of Groton’s … Read More
- Thanksgiving at my house is always a crazy affair from start to finish, and this year was no exception. We started the day by waking up bright and early for the Thanksgiving 5K Road Race, which starts at 8 a.m. … Read More
- With the end of every term at Groton comes Spirit Week, a week during which students dress up in costumes that relate to a daily theme. At the end of the week is St. Mark’s Day, when each of our … Read More
- Last night, Machan’s, another boys dorm, challenged Sales, my dorm, to a game of dodgeball. Dodgeball competitions between Sales’ and Machan’s have been a longtime tradition, but this was the first one of the School year, and my first ever. … Read More
- Last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was Parents Weekend, a time when students’ parents come from far and wide to visit the school, meeting with teachers, watching games, and taking their kids out to dinner while they’re here. It’s always a … Read More
- When a torrential downpour hit the Groton area this afternoon, most coaches sent out emails to their athletes telling them that their practices were cancelled or altered because of the rain. My cross country coach, however, sent us an email … Read More
- For the second year in a row, Mr. Capen, my coach, hosted the boys cross-country team at his houses in Maine for a running retreat before preseason began. This was my first year going on the trip, as it is … Read More
- On Friday, August 15, my older sister, Maria, my younger sister, Bee, and our Australian shepherd, Maggie, hiked out to Bomber Glacier, which sits in the Talkeetna Mountains in Alaska. The trailhead is in Hatcher Pass, which is a two-hour … Read More