You’re Already a Piece of the Exeter Puzzle


Hey Guys!

Its been a wicked crazy summer for me so far, what with organizing college applications and working at an internship in NYC. But now that August has rolled around, my mind turns again to the leaf-littered paths of Exeter. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get to school and start the upcoming year.  You all should be excited too!

I remember how nervous I was in the months leading up to my first move-in day.  Would the kids like me?  Would I miss home?  Would I wake up on time?  How do I button a shirt again…? I imagined all sorts of things that could go wrong and complicate the beginning of my Exeter career.

Once I got to Exeter and saw that EVERYONE in the freshman class was new and worrying about the same things I was, I started to feel more comfortable and enjoy myself. Time sped up and days flowed by me faster and faster as I had more and more fun inside and out of the classroom. Before I knew it, I had found my home away from home in a small town in New Hampshire.

I also want to send a message to all of the new lowers, uppers, and seniors – I promise Exeter has plenty of room in our community for you. Coming into a new school with people who have already known each other for so long is intimidating, but I can assure you that there is nothing to be scared of here. You were admitted just like the rest of us, and you’ll fit right in. Two of my best friends in the world were new students after freshman year and they both love Exeter as much as I do and have lots of friends all over campus.

Finally, I have to give a special shout out to anyone reading this who will be moving into Cilley Hall. I’m not sure if all dorm assignments have come out yet, but I am a proctor on the fourth floor of Cilley, a floor comprised almost entirely of new students. While I encourage everyone and anyone reading this to ask me any questions you may have, I want to extend an extra invitation to any of the students who will be new to Cilley Hall next year to feel free to e-mail me about any questions or concerns you may have about our dorm.


Exeter is a great place. It will become an unforgettable experience and part of Exeter will always remain with you if you choose to come here. There are wonderful people, excellent courses, sports, and arts, and as long as you want to help Exeter, Exeter will want to help you. New students, be prepared. Exeter may be safe and fun, but it is also challenging and rigorous and will test you, but it’s all for your benefit. Remember that Exeter has chosen you, that admissions thought you were intelligent enough and tough enough to survive here. Before you really say yes or no, think about how you would feel at a place like this, and whether or not you really want this.

On a lighter note, if you haven’t visited the campus, I recommend coming, and if you can’t, then take a virtual tour on our website. Our classrooms are pretty unique with our Harkness style of learning and teaching and the faculty are amazing guides to help you grow overall. Personally, I think dorm life is the best thing on campus. Classes are difficult and my life is always busy, but coming home to Cilley Hall: a building filled with brothers and friends who want to help, is an amazing feeling.