Out of Darkness Walk at Portsmouth!

Hey guys! It’s already been a month since school started! Lower year is going by so fast. I’ve been trying to spend a little more time working and doing other activities while still having fun with my friends!

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So last Saturday the 27th, my best friend Meghana and I participated in the Walk for Suicide Prevention at Portsmouth, NH. It was hosted by Active Minds, an ESSO Club that mainly focuses on promoting healthy and friendly environment for students at Exeter. Around 40 people participated from our school, and we raised more than $2500 by selling awareness bracelets! It was a fun, relaxing walk for a great purpose! This was the first time Exeter participated in the walk as a team, and I hope this continues in the coming years.

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End of Spring Term :)

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!  Hectors laptop and books 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. Hector along the river

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.

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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.

Principal’s Day

On Thursday, May 2nd, it was Principal’s Day! Principal’s Day is once a year where the whole school (students, teachers, faculty) have the day off. We found out through fortune cookies that dhall had out during lunch on Wednesday. It was a very clever way to tell us our good “fortune”.

Thursday’s weather was great. I woke up at around 9am because I had to go to HFCC Dance (the ESSO club I do to teach little kids dance at the children’s center). Afterwards, I tanned out on the Quad with my friends, went to Stillwells Ice Cream and took a walk down Swazey (the park next to the boathouse). A farmer’s market was going on, so some of my friends bought some organic food. The rest of the day was very relaxed and it was a great break from my stressful week.

Dodgeball Tournament (and other awesome club things)

Hey all,

This weekend, Male Exonian Network (MEN) hosted an all-male, all night dodgeball tournament. Something like 130 males on campus competed, forming teams of 8 and facing dormmates, classmates, and teammates. I have to say, it was fantastic. My team, though not by any means the most talented at dodgeball (we were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs) had a required uniform of tank-tops and was probably the loudest team there. After our elimination, we walked off-campus and down Route 108 for some late-night McDonald’s (there’s one about 1.5 miles from campus, which students CAN walk to – we can walk anywhere within 10 miles of campus, which is plenty of space to explore).

Besides this, other clubs have been plenty busy lately, too. Dramat, our student-run drama club and one of the largest clubs on campus, recently held auditions for its spring-term plays (directed and performed by students). Nik and I, along with our friend Augustus, run the Improv club on campus, which has worked with Dramat in the past to put on improvisational comedy shows. Exeter Social Service Organization (ESSO), which is our community service and outreach club, is currently working hard to prepare for one of its biggest events of the year, Relay For Life, which is occurring in several weeks. Relay For Life is a schoolwide event in which students form and run carnival-like booths. All profits from Relay For Life go to the American Cancer Society.



This Weekend’s Activities


Sorry for posting so late (technically early). The dance concert was tonight (the picture above is of me from dress rehearsal Wednesday), and my mom came up to Exeter to watch it. She took me out to dinner afterwards, and I have been hyped up on the excitement of the successful performance.

The dance concert is one of the multiple events happening this weekend. Exeter plans activities that the students can do on the weekends to ensure that our only option isn’t to sit in our dorms all day. The boys’ varsity basketball team had their tournament game today (they won, too!), and there was a poetry reading for students to share their originals. Tomorrow is the last performance for the dance company, and there is a hip-hop concert and movie playing in the student center. Every Saturday, there is a bus to the mall and movies, and to Stop & Shop and on Wednesday, there is a bus to Walmart. Continue reading