Ayanda ’19

Hometown: Amersham, UK

Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: I had no idea prior to arriving on campus that Saturday classes existed! Also how small the student body and class sizes were–my previous school had close to 1,500 students, so it was an interesting change.

Favorite classes: World and the West because I really enjoyed Mrs. Spring’s sarcastic humor and the class dynamic, as well as the fascinating subject matter. I loved Fifth Form English too, partially because Mr. Wade is great, partially because the combination and interaction of kids in the class was hilarious, and partially because I was really into some of the texts we read

Groton activities: Dance, Groton Feminists, guitar, International Community Advising Program, JV ice hockey, Gender/Sexuality Alliance

Most memorable Groton moment: Staying up until 4:00 a.m. during the first week of my first fall term at Groton, talking and getting to know my roommate

Favorite Dining Hall food: Friday night ice cream, french fries, and salads from the salad bar. Oh, and the Nutella. It’s hard to decide really.

Favorite Surprise Holiday: Winter term during my fifth form year. The night before Surprise Holiday, the big reveal happened in the Dining Hall with doughnuts and hot chocolate for everybody. On the day itself, I just hung out on campus and relaxed, which was awesome.