I can’t believe more than one month of summer break is over- it is going by so fast. So far this summer, I have not done much- tennis practice, hanging out with old friends from home, and working around the house. One incredible experience I did get to partake in was a trip to Fiji! From July 1st to July 10th, I traveled the island nation of Fiji with a group of eight other teenagers and two guides (one was from America, another was from Fiji), and I had an incredible time. First we went to the highlands of the main island, where the Fiji water is bottled, and then we went to the Yasawa islands where we swam with Manta Rays, scuba dived, and relaxed on the crystal clear beaches.
Although exploring Fiji was one of the most memorable times of my life, getting to know the other high schoolers on this trip was possibly even more fun. After the ten days, I feel like I knew my trip buddies for a life time, and I actually met three other kids that go to boarding school.
All in all, this was definitely the high of my summer, and I will never forget it, but it is nice to be back at home.
One of both the happiest and saddest events of the year: commencement. Weather permitting, our graduation is held outside on the lawn in front of the Academy building with a luncheon afterwards. This Sunday, 318 members of the class of 2014 graced the stage to receive their diplomas. For me and a little under 200 other seniors, those diplomas had been four years in the making! As you can see, the tradition is to smoke cigars after grad, I can’t say most of us enjoyed them though!
It still seems completely surreal to be the girl in a white dress rather than the underclassman watching from the audience. I have made such incredible friends here, and I can hardly believe that the first stages of our time together are coming to a close. With everyone scattering across the globe for summer break and school in the fall, we all took the beautiful sunny day to cherish our last moments together as a whole class. Only now, a few days out, am I starting to fully realize that the dorms I will be sleeping in Hanover in come September will not be the dorms I have spent so many nights in. All good things must come to the end, thank you for the lessons and the memories!
This past Thursday was prom! At Exeter, there is only a senior prom which is held at Castleton in Windham, NH. If you’re an underclassmen, the only way to go to prom is to get asked by a senior. I was lucky enough to be invited by one of my senior friends and I had so much fun! The theme was Gatsby, so there was a band who played some 20’s music. They even did renditions of popular songs like Katy Perry’s “Roar” and put a 20’s spin on it. It was so cool! After people finished eating, they started playing dance music. In addition to the dancing, there was a photo booth. There were different items you could use to dress yourself up, like a boa, fedoras, things like that. After your pictures were taken, two photos strips were printed for you and your friend (or many friends, depending on how many people were in the booth).
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Hey guys! This is Kevin coming from Miami, Florida since we got out of school Wednesday. I just wanted to post some photos from this spring’s dance concert and talk a little about it. As most of you know, I … Continue reading →
Hey Guys! It’s been a while since I’ve past posted, and so much has happened since!
This term, I’m taking History 215: The European Century. And as we approach the last few weeks of school (It’s almost summer!!!) there’s the last bit of work to do. I’ve been working hard on our last History Research Paper, one where we have room to explore Europe on the verge of World War I. As you can see, the books are piling! As I stare out my dorm room window writing my paper, I notice the days getting longer and longer and more beautiful. This past winter was brutal; now we can finally kick back, relax, and enjoy the sun. My friends and I took a little excursion out to the river last weekend; we explored town, ate out (there are many good restaurants within walking distance at Exeter), bought ice cream and strolled along the river’s banks. It was a beautiful night to be outside, a drastic change from the scenery back home in Vegas! At Exeter, your weekends are never boring, as there is always something to do.
I’ll be eternally grateful to Sam ’16 who bought us all coffee and donuts for English class the past week! We had just finished our biggest English essay to date called the Roots paper; in it, you would describe a story passed down in your family from generation to generation and how it has affected you personally. We decided to take an 8:00 AM class easily by bringing in Dunkin Donuts to read all of our essays. Here’s a picture of my English Class with Ms. Desmond.
Lower year had gone by so very fast; it feels as if move-in day was just a few weeks ago. We all look forward to a bright and safe summer. I’ll post next month of Exeter’s ESSO Service trip to Costa Rica, of which I’m so excited for! As this year comes to a close, I can’t hope but reminisce of the memories I’ve made in such a short timespan; you learn to take Exeter day-by-day, enjoy the work you do around the Harkness table, and be amazed at the friends and connections you make along the way. All in all, Not bad at all.
I’ve begun to reflect back on what has happened during Upper Year. I can hardly believe that I am almost 3/4 of the way through my Exeter experience. I feel like I have already checked off so many of the crucial Exeter moments. This year, I have written an Reporter at Large (R.A.L.) and I have written a 333 (the last research paper for US History). While I have been kept busy with school work, Upper Year has given me the chance to meet even more members of the Exeter community, not students, not teachers, not faculty, but faculty children, commonly referred to as “fac brats.” A decent number of my dorm faculty has kids who are in either middle school or elementary school. Many of their children have become surrogate siblings to me. I see them in the dining hall, playing on the quads while I’m in school, they even wish me happy birthday. I’m incredibly exciting for next school year, when two of my favorite fac brats will be preps. Some of my favorite kids at Exeter would have to be Rabbi’s children. I eat with them in the dining halls frequently and enjoy every minute of it. Some of my favorite days have started off when I had breakfast with them in Wetherell. I’ve become closer to her three kids throughout the year and have gotten to know them fairly well. I usually seem them biking on the paths, playing soccer on the quads, and at Exeter Jewish Community every Friday night for dinner. I can only imagine what energy they’ll bring to Exeter when they are students, but, for now, they energize current PEA students and remind them of the many wonders of the world, something we forget about while at the Academy.
Although we passed through many long and chilly months, the warm weather is finally here! It reached 80 degrees today, and all over campus you can see people sunbathing, tossing the frisbee, relaxing in inflatable mini pools, or just relaxing on the quad. One of my more favorite aspects of spring is that it is tennis season once again! I have played tennis for six years (it is my main sport), and so I couldn’t wait for our first matches to come around. Not only has our performance this year been fantastic (we have lost only one match and our #1 was injured), but it is an incredible group that I love spending time with.
Whenever we have to travel three hours to some far away school, or come back to campus at 9 PM after a late match, people always wonder why I do it. But honestly, those lengthy bus rides and never ending matches are some of the fondest memories I have of this place. Next week we are heading to the New England Championships, where we will likely be seeded first or second; even if it would be nice to win, I am most excited to spend a whole weekend with my team mates
(In the photo you can see senior and co-captain Charlie Boyd, on the left, and me, as we defeated Deerfield in a doubles match).