Hometown: Pepperell, MA
Groton activities: The Grotonian, tennis, FabLab, Sustainability Committee, Groton Hax, clarinet
Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: Sharing meals with friends and teachers. The opportunity to meet with my English teacher over an early breakfast or laugh with friends over a late dinner really made Groton feel like a home, cliché as it sounds. I will never forget sharing homemade cherry pie and hot chocolate with the Grotonian editors in Mr. Capen’s backyard.
Favorite class: English. While classes such as physics and calculus deserve no less praise (I've always enjoyed STEM), for me the unique aspect of the Groton English Department is how it re-nurtured my appreciation for writing in ways that I never expected. My teachers' helpful feedback, willingness to meet outside of class, and open-minded approach to literature have helped me rapidly improve my skill as a writer, reader, and thinker. I consistently look forward to English class for our engaging discussions and reading assignments.
Most memorable Groton moment: Saturday nights in Fourth Form. Transitioning from a public middle school, I was delighted by the sudden excess of time I had with my friends outside of classes—early breakfasts, afternoons in the dorm, evenings in the Schoolhouse, and, of course, weekends. Saturday nights are the culmination of fun at Groton, a vibrant display of community as students relax and celebrate the end of a school week. I still remember playing volleyball under the bright lights of the Circle, or playing hot seat and freeze tag in the blanketing darkness of the turf.