Zebra Tales

Caleb '20

Hometown: Wellesley, MA

Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: The lack of division, for example top athletes with main roles in the play or choir

Favorite class: English: I enjoy the challenge of putting my emotions onto paper.

Groton activities: Varsity football, basketball, track, Gospel Choir, peer counselor

Most memorable Groton moment: The Senior Prank when I was in Second Form–a schoolwide carnival

Favorite Dining Hall food: Chicken empanadas

Favorite Surprise Holiday: Third form spring, when we set up a blow-up pool and slip ’n’slide on the Circle

List of 5 news stories.

  • Taking on Junior Year (Fifth Form)

    Junior year! The time everyone says is the “worst” year at Groton, and so far fall has been my favorite term out of all of my time here. Although schoolwork has had its dark moments as it always does, I’ve handled myself well and given myself all the opportunities to thrive, and for that I am very proud of myself. I think this year has been my favorite so far because of the freedom we are given and the choices we must make for ourselves in order to achieve the goals we have set. There is nobody telling me to go to bed, or when to start my homework for the next day or even further on in the week. But honestly, this need for independence is something that helps me and I know it will prove even more helpful in the future.
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  • Winter Time

    It is often said that Groton reaches its most difficult point when the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. Most kids find stress levels rising as the workload increases drastically, and to this I am no exception. It is no surprise that Groton gets tough and challenges us in many ways, however this year it is my goal to find the light in the little things this winter, even if the sun is setting at around 3 pm.
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  • Off to a Great Start

    The members of the Groton football team arrived on campus September 3 and were immediately thrown into a vigorous practice and conditioning schedule. With almost three weeks until our opening game versus St. George’s, we began our daily preseason grind. Through early morning wake-ups, three practices a day, and various conditioning, I could not have been more proud of how we gave 100 percent each and every rep. When I think back to the opening days of preseason, I can’t help but shudder thinking of the heat that we endured. It was the kind of heat that stuck on throughout the night, yet still we worked hard daily.
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  • Action-Packed Summer

    This summer for me has been filled with a whirlwind of commitments that have made summer feel less like the “chilling on the couch” summers that I have been used too. Between juggling my job at a sports camp, daily workouts for football, random odd jobs, SAT prep, visiting schools and looking after my 8 year old sister, there has been considerably less downtime. Although I haven’t been overwhelmed with downtime, this type of summer was exactly what I needed heading into my junior year. Ever since I came to Groton in 8th grade, my lifestyle has adapted to fit a constant schedule, and when that schedule does not exist I feel thrown off. Having a so much to do this summer made me feel as though this daily “schedule” still existed and that worked out well for me.
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  • In the Driver’s Seat

    As the Groton return date rolls quickly around the corner and I prepare to head back to the Circle, I can’t help but reminisce back to my first journey to the Circle. As I look back, I laugh at my eighth-grade self, still so young but feeling so grown-up—ready to conquer the challenges ahead. And while I still feel that eighth-grade self deep down within me, there was no way I could have prepared for the ways in which Groton would change who I was. I look back at the people I met here, the people I am lucky enough to have had play roles in my life. 
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