Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: In my first Sacred Studies class, there was a moment when my classmates and I held a discussion while the teacher sat back and listened. I’d never experienced that before.
Favorite class: Environmental Science with Dr. Black. We learned about relevant issues and went into the field to test things like the water quality of a nearby brook and whether buses are polluting the air. Dr. Black is a ton of fun to listen to.
Groton activities: Crew, Circle Voice, GSA, Jew Crew, tour guide, theater, yearbook
Most memorable moment: I recited an original slam poem at my first open mic, and I was overwhelmed by how supportive the crowd was. I’ve sung at almost every open mic since then, both covers and originals, and my peers never cease to amaze me—both with their talent and their encouragement.
Favorite food: Potato samosas or veggie chili in a bread bowl—I can’t choose!
Favorite Surprise Holiday: Fourth form spring, I went to Boston with my friend Jamie and two exchange students from India. We walked around Faneuil Hall, had dim sum for lunch in Chinatown, and passed through Boston Common. Even though I’m the only one who grew up on this continent, my friends had better senses of direction.
- I have three weeks left of my three years here at Groton. Prize Day is as far in the future as April 22 is in the past. In a word: soon. I’m excited to graduate and go on long bike … Read More
- Hello, readers! Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday, and I got to celebrate it twice this year! For the first night, members of Jewish Student Life–the Friday evening Shabbat service students attend to fulfill the weekend religious service requirement–gathered in … Read More
- That’s not the same thing as “spring is coming.” I don’t like winter. I don’t like the cold, short days, and having to moisturize my hands every five minutes, and not exercising outdoors (I’ve run with three pairs of leggings … Read More
- I’m working on a tutorial this term, which means that instead of taking a typical class, I meet with my teacher twice a week and work on my own time. The subject? Spanish poetry and songwriting. The idea came to … Read More
- This has been one heck of a winter break. I left school a couple days early to get my wisdom teeth out, and my teachers were super flexible in letting me take tests and write an essay at home once … Read More
- Friday was my chapel talk! I’ve always loved hearing what seniors have to say, and my time finally came. After years of deliberation, I talked about choices, how Groton will make you choose because there isn’t enough time to go … Read More
- Last night, my ethics class crowded into our teacher’s living room to watch The Joy Luck Club, a movie about, according to Wikipedia, “the relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese mothers.” The movie was long and emotionally draining–there’s a lot in it–but it was … Read More
- Open mic is one of my favorite events at Groton. Gammons Recital Hall fills up, and students (and faculty—more on that later) sing, play guitar or piano, read poetry, rap, and dance. It’s such a supportive atmosphere. I love music, but … Read More
- I moved into my dorm a couple days early for Sixth Form and peer counselor training. I had been here just over a week, but I felt like I’d never left. My room was all decorated, my classes were set, and I … Read More
- Throughout the year, professional musicians play concerts in Gammons Recital Hall. Tonight, I went to see and hear Michelle Cann, an incredible pianist. I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t like classical music. I don’t dislike it, but I’d rather … Read More
- On August 18, my mom and I headed down to South Carolina to see the total solar eclipse. It took two days to drive down, and we scouted out our viewing spot on Sunday. When Monday afternoon came around, there … Read More
- It’s been more than two months since school ended. I’ve been to two writing programs: a journalism workshop at Columbia and a creative writing camp at Kenyon College in Ohio. I’ve biked a total of 430.2 miles. I’ve written 16 … Read More