James ’18

Hometown: New York City

Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: Your prefects (seniors who live in your dorms with you) really do try their best to be friends with you and make your time at Groton better, from the very first day.

Favorite classes: Advanced Ecology with Dr. Black and Theater and the Creative Process with Laurie Sales. One of these classes had me digging red-backed salamanders out of the ground and making pivot charts in Excel, and the other had me making experimental theater and staging short skits over the course of a class period. I love that I could do both in one day.

Groton activities: Theater, both on and off stage; swim team; head of Humanism Club

Most memorable Groton moment: Taking a bow after directing my first play at the One-Acts Festival

Favorite Dining Hall food: Brocc-Chick (otherwise known as chicken and broccoli with a cheese sauce)

Favorite Surprise Holiday: My Third Form year, a few friends and I went to all three of the record stores in Cambridge trying to find a copy of “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” by David Bowie. On the third try we found it, but had to sprint to make it back to the bus on time.