Phoebe ’19

Hometown: Hengqin, China

Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: I realized that everyone is super good at singing (like, incredibly good). It’s almost like someone discovering that everyone in their new school is amazing at woodworking. I was both impressed and caught off-guard, in a really good way.

Favorite class or classes: Mr. Lamont’s Modern China class and Mr. Creamer’s Multivariable Calculus class. I enjoyed the former because we spontaneously simulated communism with group essays: we would all write one essay together and receive the same grade as a collective. Mr. Lamont thought it would be funny given the course. I liked the latter because Mr. Creamer makes math a spiritual experience.

Groton activities: Debating Society, Circle Voice, Philosophy Club, Euro Challenge team, acrylic painting

Most memorable Groton moment: I was walking around the Circle with friends one warm spring dusk. The sun was setting, but it was setting in such a way that it seemed like it would never set. People played spikeball on the grass, and the crabapple trees in front of Hundred House were in full bloom. The air smelt sweet and the sky was pale violet and blazing orange. I told myself something along the lines of: “Wow, this is eternity in paused flux.”

Favorite Dining Hall foods: Oranges and half of a hard boiled egg covered in soy sauce (eaten separately)

Favorite Surprise Holiday: The spring Surprise Holiday in my Fourth Form year. My roommate and I walked the entire length of the Freedom Trail. It was a really bright day, and we enjoyed gelato and a good conversation.