Zebra Tales

Julien '19

Hometown: Cambridge, MA

Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: The amount of cookies

Favorite class or classes and why: Theater and the Creative Process because I got to bring together my favorite subjects (theater and Classics)

Groton activities: Theater, Student Activities Committee, Diversity and Inclusion, Gender/Sexuality Alliance, Maqupellas, Film Club

Most memorable Groton moment: Performing Cabaret for the last time

Favorite Dining Hall food: Pecan pie bars

Favorite Surprise Holiday: Spring 2018: I went to Cambridge with my friends and we had a delicious lunch at this amazing restaurant. Then we went to a museum and walked around for a while. Afterwards, we all went to a book store then got some cookies.

List of 5 news stories.

  • With my friends on our first day in Honolulu

    Ohana Means Family

    This past spring break I went to Hawaii with a few of my friends. The four of us have been friends since Second Form and have gone through all of Latin together. So this was a celebration of our five memorable years together before we went into our final term at Groton. We had all gone on trips together before, though mostly on GEOs (Global Education Opportunities) offered by the school. In Third Form we all went on the Latin trip to Rome, and last spring we went on the Classics trip to Greece. But Hawaii was our first time on our own.
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  • My Latin 3 friends

    Who Says Latin is Dead?

    Latin is one of my favorite classes. After the first two years of required Latin, however, I wasn’t convinced I would continue on with the dead language. The truth about Latin is that the first two years are full of semi-monotonous memorizations. While these conjugations, declensions, and lists of vocabulary are necessary in order to build a solid foundation to be able to actually read Latin, they can be pretty uninspiring. But what kept me going was when we finally started reading at the end of Latin 2. We read all sorts of texts, ranging from Caesar to the Pope’s tweets. The idea of connecting to the past in such a direct way was exciting to me. And so, I began my long journey with the Classics…
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  • One of this year’s winning pumpkins – a carving of the Schoolhouse!


    This coming weekend is the SAC’s Halloweekend! It’s one of my favorite events of the year. SAC stands for Student Activities Committee. As one of the heads of the committee this year, I help organize weekend events ranging from dances to dodgeball tournaments to trivia nights. This week, however, we are in full Halloween mode. We have all sorts of things planned! We’ve already held our annual dorm pumpkin carving competition (congratulations to Petroskey’s) and decorated the Schoolhouse. Now, everyone is planning their costumes! The SAC and Art Club have hosted two nights where you can go to the art center and make your own costume. Otherwise, we have a couple trips to Halloween stores!
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  • My friends and I in Second Form, dressed up for Favorite Senior Day

    Senior Year! Here We Go!

    As the summer begins to wind down, the nerves and excitement that come with seniority are starting to settle in. Actually, who am I kidding? The nerves and excitement have been there since this spring, they’re just growing more intense now than ever. It’s baffling to think how close it is—and how quickly it all went by …
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  • Me and my ‘Meisner’ classmates

    Summer of Drama

    This summer I did a four-week drama program at NYU Tisch, where I studied the Meisner technique of acting. It was one of the most rigorous, inspiring, and rewarding experiences of my life. We had class every weekday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when we would go until 9:30 p.m. My very first class on Monday morning was in Suzuki, an intense form of movement. We were all a little nervous for this class in particular, as one of our TAs had told us that when she did it with her class for the first time, one student threw up and passed out. Welcome to drama school.
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