Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: How beautiful the campus was. Yes, I’d heard about the amazing academics and people, but I’d never really thought about the gorgeous facilities (especially with the new Schoolhouse renovation) and overall sites around the campus—the fields, the forest, the Nashua River, the Circle itself—it’s all stunning, especially during the sunsets.
Favorite class: English—I’ve really enjoyed everything, from class discussions to personal narratives. Language is really one of my favorite ways to get my thoughts and feelings out, and I’ve also been very lucky to have some of the most exceptional English teachers.
Groton activities: Cross country, squash, track, piano (in the jazz band and various jazz combos), music composition, debate
Most memorable Groton moment: Once during the winter, my friends and I decided to have a spontaneous Saturday night dorm dance/sing-along party, including several classics such as “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift and “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. This moment came back to all of us at the end of the year, during our last night with our prefects, when we had a sad dance/sing-along party as a goodbye to the seniors, with the songs shifting to (sad) classics such as “Marvin’s Room” by Drake and “The Scientist” by Coldplay.
Favorite Dining Hall food: Bread bowl soup day, where all types of soup are available, from chicken noodle soup to good old clam chowder. Pure deliciousness.
Favorite Surprise Holiday: Spring of Third Form. Before that, throughout Second Form and the first two Surprise Holidays of Third Form, I’d left campus to go see a movie or explore Cambridge. A few of my friends and I decided that we’d switch it up a little and just stay on campus, relaxing and taking a break. For lunch, we walked to Johnson’s (a nearby restaurant) and had a hearty meal. All in all, not a particularly eventful Surprise Holiday, but a needed change of pace.
- Over the course of the school year, there are three main breaks: Thanksgiving, winter, and the longest of them all – spring break. It’s something that you spend most of the back half of winter term counting down to, and … Read More
- Recently, I reached a pretty big milestone in my Groton career: halfway day. What this means is exactly what it sounds like—I am exactly halfway through my five years at Groton. Since we first arrived on the Circle two-and-a-half years … Read More
- The wind was howling. It felt like daggers, biting and digging into my skin. My hair was whipping all over the place. The moment I brushed it off my face, it lashed back with greater ferocity. Also, it was cold. … Read More
- It’s the worst feeling. You know it’s coming, but you’re powerless to stop it. It hits you, BAM, and leaves you feeling terrible for a long time after. I felt it when one of my friends, Alan, approached me in … Read More
- Music has always been one of the pillars in my life. Over the years, no matter where I am or what happens, music has been a constant. Ever since I first started taking piano lessons when I was four, I’ve … Read More
- In my mind, there are two versions of Groton School. There is the version during the school year that we all know and love, always busy and bustling, full of energy and vibrancy. Then there is the version that most … Read More
- When I told people that I would be spending one month of my precious summer at summer school, the first reaction I got was shock. “Oh my god, what happened?” “Are your grades okay?” “Your parents must be mad.” That … Read More
- The never-ending rain beats on the window, creating a rhythmic symphony of pitter-patters. The morning mist curls around the mountains, leaving only the very tops of them to be seen. The faint, slightly damp scent of tea wafts through the … Read More