One of my favorite parts of coming back to Exeter in the fall is getting to hear about all the interesting things my peers did over the summer. With such a diverse (in every sense of the word) student body, it’s safe to say that there are tons of unique stories. I must admit, however, that the majority of my summer included sleeping (a commodity which I’ve come to appreciate more and more over the last few years), running, and taking my first looks at SAT prep books.
I did spend a few days each week interning at The Salvation Army- it was awesome getting to aid in the efforts of a great organization, and, as my boss Olivia put it, find “practical applications for the skills learned in school.” While there, my main job was grant writing (writing to local foundations to request funding). Besides that, I worked on a bunch of smaller jobs, like organizing picture files on the computer, writing thank you notes, and designing campaign flyers. Not only was my work at the Army super interesting, I also met some incredible people, at board meetings and in the soup kitchen alike. In particular, I grew close to my boss and her assistant, Fran, and it was hard saying goodbye to them at the end of the summer!
Anyways, it feels great to be back on campus; now that were entering into the third week, it seems like the beginning-of-school excitement is starting to wane and everyone is settling into their schedules. I’ll admit, I’m a bit on edge, waiting for the big upper-year shock (11th grade at Exeter is notorious for its required US history sequence, steep increase in homework, and the advent of the college search), but so far, so good!
I really look forward to keeping you guys updated on the happenings of my third year here; I’m sorry for letting so much time pass without a post- from now on I’ll make sure to write at least every other week, even if its just a quick update!