Zoe ’21

Hometown: Chapel Hill, North CarolinaDebating Society

Groton activities: Circle Voice, peer counselor, Sustainability Committee, Groton Feminists, Diversity and Inclusion, Debating Society, varsity soccer, varsity crew

Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: How fast you get to know the names of everyone on campus and how close you become with seniors and older students

Favorite classes: Chemistry and World History. While both of these classes were challenging at times, I really enjoyed being able to, in the case of chemistry, take control of my own learning, and in the case of World History, better understand the forces that shape the modern world.

Most memorable Groton moment: Last spring, when I was fortunate to be part of a crew team filled with amazing, strong, hilarious teammates. I enjoyed every practice, no matter how hard we worked. Every year, on the last Saturday of the season, there is an All–New England regatta, where all the top teams from the region compete against each other. This year, going into the race we were seeded lower than we felt we deserved, so in our first race, we put everything into it and managed to come out on top of the other teams in our heat and to make the grand finals. Coming off the water, we knew we had pulled a near-perfect race, and to be able to do it for the seniors who were leaving made it even better. In the grand finals, we came in fourth place overall, defying the expectations of the other teams and proving our strength as a boat. During those two races, and the whole season, we worked incredibly hard for each other. To get a result we were happy with was incredibly rewarding.

Favorite Dining Hall food: Chicken curry and samosas

Favorite place to study: In the winter, I like to study at the desks at the back of the library, where you can’t help but be productive, but when it’s nice outside I’ll take a blanket and study in the shade of the trees on the Circle.