Zebra Tales

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.

List of 5 news stories.

  • Groton Cultural Day

    On Saturday, January 26 we had our annual Cultural Day celebration here at Groton. Groton Cultural Day is an event during which students have the opportunity to represent their cultural backgrounds or learn about those of others. Each student cultural group set up a table in the Forum, and was given a budget provided by the Student Activities Committee to purchase food items and decorations. There were around two dozen tables, representing Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, China, South Korea, France, Brazil, and many other cultural identities from around the world.
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  • Awesome Afternoons

    One of the best things about attending Groton is being able to attend games and show some school spirit. During fall term, I watched a lot of varsity volleyball games, and I really enjoyed learning about a new sport and supporting friends and dorm mates. One of my favourite memories is last winter’s St Mark’s Day, when the girls varsity basketball team secured victory over St. Mark’s at the sound of the final buzzer.
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  • Parents, Performance, and Passing Time

    This past weekend was Parents’ Weekend at Groton. Parents’ Weekend is an opportunity for parents and guardians to visit campus, speak to students’ teachers, and spend time with us. It helps parents to increase their understanding of the overall well-being of their child, whether academically, emotionally, socially or otherwise, and assess whether there is guidance or advice needed.
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  • Reflecting on the Summer

    My first year at Groton was a whirlwind. Coming from an all-girls’ public school of more than a thousand students in Buckinghamshire, I knew I was in for a huge change, and a change it was. I won’t lie and say that it is easy entering Groton in the Fifth Form, but I will say that, overall, I have loved it and I am definitely glad I chose to attend Groton. One of my favorite things about the school is the variety of people you meet—people from all over the world with different interests and experiences that make the school the vibrant community it is. So, as I look forward to returning to school and hearing all about what my friends did over the summer, I thought I’d share some pictures of my own experiences from this summer.
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  • Visiting Zimbabwe

    This summer, I have been really blessed to able to travel. In particular, I was able to visit my grandmothers in Zimbabwe, which is always great because I don’t get to see them all that often. My maternal grandmother now has 7 dogs- all German Shepherds and 4 of them puppies! They’re all so cute and that was definitely one of the best parts of my trip.
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