Hometown: Baldwin Place, New York
Groton activities: Varsity hockey, JV lacrosse, Young Republicans head, D&I Group Member, The Circle Voice sports editor, Chess Club
Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: Honestly, it might sound cliché, but the closeness of our community at Groton really surprised me. Even as a Third Former (freshman) who was only able to be on campus for one term due to COVID, I still got to know everyone in my form and the majority of the Upper Schoolers as well.
Favorite class: Environmental Chemistry with Mr. Maqubela. I learned a lot about chemistry, and the class itself was super relevant to current environmental issues. It was also a bit of a surreal experience being taught by the headmaster, who would constantly sprinkle in personal anecdotes along with his teaching. Being able to write and present an in-depth research paper on a topic of our own choosing was something I really appreciated.
Most memorable Groton moment: St. Mark's Day this winter for sure. What must've been the entire school pulled up to the OB (O'Brien Rink) to watch us play St. Mark's on Senior Day. The atmosphere was electric, and every time we scored, the crowd went wild. It was truly an unforgettable afternoon filled with community spirit and an amazing way to cap off the winter athletic season.
Favorite Dining Hall food: Undoubtedly the chocolate chip cookies. The cheesecakes might come in a close second, but there's nothing like coming up to the dining hall from late practice in the middle of winter term and seeing a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies laid out in front of you.
Favorite place to study:
The study rooms in the McCormick Library are my go-to place to study. It's quiet and the whiteboard walls help a lot when doing homework, but the noise and bustle of the Sackett Forum is only a short few steps away.