Josh ’20

Hometown: Beijing, China

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.