First Exeter Night Talkshow

Hey guys! The weather here has been pretty odd lately – 70s and then snowing.  Last week was packed with fun events like Experience Exeter, WPEA (Phillips Exeter’s radio station), volleyball, and my film club. Experience Exeter was awesome. I hosted a guy named John from Texas, just like me. It was great; I got to show him around and we had a good time. It was nice seeing all the prospective students wondering around campus, getting a feel for Exeter. It’s and exciting time for WPEA as well. The radio station here has gone live again for another term of Rampant Radio. I’ve been working on recording promos for the show hosts. Making a little blurb to promote each host’s show.

Ori - WPEA

The volleyball team has also been on a roll – we are currently undefeated. I’ve been working on my hitting, while the team is trucking forward. We have a game against Andover this Wednesday – exciting! My film club has started to work on a project called “Red.” It’s a BuzzFeed-esque video segment for Exonians. Lastly, I believe I’ve become the first night talk show host here at Exeter. “The Weekly Knight Night Show with Matisse” seems to be a hit with my peers here at Exeter. “Knight” refers to the name of the house I live in. A pretty random and odd idea I came up with a few weeks ago has now blossomed into a fun, weekly commitment.



Busy, busy, busy here at Exeter. Can’t help it though, I love what I do. Everyone can find their niche here at Exeter, and I have found many.

Why I Chose Exeter

SpiritI don’t want this to be another cliché post about how I chose my school because of the community. In fact, every school is a community, no matter what kind of community it may be. But what really distinguishes Exeter is what makes up this special – warm, inspiring, diverse, and vibrant – community. At Exeter, you take the unlimited opportunities it offers to be your best self; whoever that may be, and whatever that may take. And that is why I chose Exeter; the opportunity it offers to try to be my best self.

serena 1

Meet the squash team. As you can probably tell from the photo, we are the most fun-loving, tight-knit, and hilarious team at Exeter. I started playing squash long before I came to Exeter. My coaches, Ms. Carbonell, Coach Shang, and Freddie has helped me improve so much over the past two seasons. My fellow teammates, from Elle and Anisha (who were seniors last year) to Alison and Meghana who are on the novice team this year, have helped me become a better teammate.

Exeter has taught me that squash is not just an individual sport. All my teammates, no matter which place they are at on the ladder, cheer me on and motivate me to give my 100% on every single practice and match. When it’s a two-all match score, Continue reading

Art 444

Fall term came to a close only two weeks ago. Students hurried packed suitcases
which they hauled to buses and cars, beginning the short, or long, journey home. On
the bus to Boston Logan, I realized that fall 2014 was my last fall at Exeter. On one hand,
its bittersweet as I’m one term closer to graduation; on the other, I’ve become
even closer to my friends at PEA and taken one of my favorite courses at Exeter so far:
Art 444.


Art 444 is an intensive and advance student art class. Students who qualify for
Art 444 have extensive experience in a medium: ceramics, painting, photography,
drawing, fashion, etc. In a short ten weeks, students propose and create a project
where they get to explore their medium. At the end of the term, the 444 kids put on a
show in the gallery. It’s supposed to mimic the gallery openings in Boston or NYC. All
of our hard work, of hours laboring in the student, stressing over perfecting our art,
comes down to this one night: the Show.


I have to say, as nervous as I was, I really enjoyed the 444 show. I got to share
my art with the wider Exeter community. I’m a drawer and ceramicist by trade. So for
my project, I created a set of plates and carved fairy-tales into them. I loved being able
to incorporate my passion for art with my passion for language and literature. What the
experience all the better, was I stood by my exhibit during the show. I got to interact
with peers, parents, and faculty and share my art with them. I explained my concept to
them and they commented on it. It was Harkness on a smaller scale as we talked about
craftsmanship, illustration, and storytelling.


Of all the little things that made the show memorable, the infamous Art 444
survey took the most effort. Each artist fills one out and hangs it next to their artwork.
The survey asks supposedly simple questions: favorite color, purple; favorite artists,
Winsor McCay, the grandfather of cartons; place you’ll live in thirty years, Berlin or
Moscow. After spending upwards of twelve hours a week in a studio, I never thought
the most frustrating part of the course would be trying to capture myself on paper.


Dance At Exeter


There are many ways to continue doing the things you love at Exeter.

Mayas dance pic

One of my passions is dance. Here, there are many opportunities to get involved with all types. If you are interested in Bollywood, ballroom, hip hop, step, jazz, or even hula, there are clubs here that suit those needs. If you are curious about a certain genre of dance and would like to explore it, there are many outlets, via the dance department or the aforementioned student organizations. Before coming to Exeter, I had not done contemporary or ballet since my elementary years. Starting winter term of last year, I decided to get involved in the dance department, and I developed a love for a style I thought I had lost!

Back to the Grind

College Flags

Hey all,

Happy New Year! I hope you had wonderful holidays this break.

I just got back to campus on Sunday evening from my winter vacation. Unfortunately, not all of my friends are back due to the huge snowstorm we got. The majority of people are back, but one of my friends might not be back till Thursday! Very unlucky to be missing all of this school, especially if they didn’t bring back their books to do the work.

So far the workload hasn’t been too bad. I got back a lot of my assignments that were due right before winter vacation. One thing that’s coming up is my first CCO (College Counseling Office) meeting! Woo! Haha I’m not really that excited to begin the college process. I’m trying to go into the process with an open and positive mindset so I’m not in the doldrums for the majority of my senior year. I got my college counselor, and hopefully I’ll be all set. College counselors advise you throughout the process. They also give you good insight (about programs, what schools to consider, and scholarships). That’s pretty much the necessary information I need, right?

Aside from this college talk, I have some great things to look forward to as well. Like this term, I’m in the Winter Dance Company and am one of the captains! I am doing warmup tomorrow, which is kind-of nerve-racking but I’m excited to do it. Well, I have to finish some homework for tomorrow, so I’ll talk to you guys later! Welcome back!


Winter Time Music

Hey everyone!

The air has turned bitter, the days have grow short, and snow is on the ground. There is no mistaking it, winter is here! And with winter comes festive music of all types–just recently, around 30 Exonians and I had the opportunity to watch the Youth Boston Philharmonic Orchestra perform in Symphony Hall, and it was amazing. They played an assortment of pieces, ranging from A Gandolfi piece to Shostakovich’s famous 5th Symphony. Although I am not the most experience listener of classical music, it was really interesting to hear kids like me, two of whom attend Exeter, complete extremely difficult music in such a professional fashion. If I ever get the chance again, I will definitely go.

Have a happy winter!


Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

Winter Term

Hi Everyone,

So Winter term has begun! I came back to campus on Monday and classes started Tuesday. We also had Saturday class. My classes seem really great so far – I’m taking math, English, molecular genetics, Chinese and US History.

Although it’s dark out by 4:30pm, my spirits have definitely not dampened yet. On Friday, I went and saw FEDCO’s (Fall Exeter Dance Company) performance. The theme of the concert was math and science. It was really cool how the choreographers worked science into their pieces. My friend choreographed a piece showing the reaction between sodium and chlorine. They also did “Kingdom of the Shades” from the ballet La Bayadere. It’s very pretty. If you want to see some photos, Mr. Chen takes them during dress rehearsal! He also has a ton of photos from other events on campus as well.

If you want to see some videos of previous dance performances from last years Spring and Winter concerts, you can go here: There are also a lot of other videos the school has posted.

I am doing dance this winter and I’m super excited to get back to it. Right now we are going to begin our pieces for the MLK performance that happens in January. I’ll have more on that later, but time to start my homework for tomorrow. Talk to you later!