The Common Room: 2016-17 Edition

May 08, 2017

Groton Stories: Addie Newsome

“This is going to be my best term yet. I will stay on top of my work.” 

In a blink of an eye, I am four minutes late to check-in with an untouched to-do list. 

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The same girls end up sprawled around the beige and green couches, listening to the same Justin Bieber song, watching the same Youtube video, cracking the same jokes, and vandalizing the same whiteboard. Some in the feels, while others indulge in a late cup of tea. 

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The bell chimes twice, and tired eyes dart out from the computer in front of them. Within seconds, looks of panic quickly evolve into uncontrollable laughter as we shove our unopened textbooks into our backpacks, and slink into our own rooms saying, “See you tomorrow night.” 

May 08, 2017

Groton Stories: Christina Oelhafen

This march, I went to Florida for lacrosse preseason. I was intimidated at first, because I was with a bunch of older girls I didn't know. But, I shared a room with three other girls who I ended up becoming super close with, and the trip ended up being one of the most fun couple days of my life. I even made my school's Instagram page. 

May 08, 2017

For Things Unknown but Longed for Still

In a thoughtful and beautiful piece, Nia Goodridge from Deerfield Academy shares a personal poem dedicated to "things unknown but longed for still".

April 14, 2017

"The Moaner"

In NMH's The Vagina Monologues, a collection of monologues based on interviews, Brooke Stephenson performed a piece: "The Moaner." In it she portrayed a late-thirties lesbian dominatrix, and this is her reflection.

April 13, 2017

Groton Stories: Phoebe Shi

The summer before my second-grade year, my family stayed at my aunt’s place. One day, my aunt suddenly decided that she wanted a pet.  My uncle left home in the morning and came back in the afternoon with a goat.  Since they lived in an apartment in a city, it was a mystery as to how and where he got the goat.  The goat was kept under a tree in the courtyard, and it screeched day and night. Eventually, my uncle returned it to wherever he got it from due to complaints from the residents.  The most fascinating thing was my aunt’s stoicism throughout the whole ordeal, as if she has been putting up behaviors like that for the past thirty years.

April 13, 2017

"Leaders"

At Milton, C2R (Class 2 Retreat) is a rite of passage. The Class of '18 recently came back from their C2R, and Vivian Soong, the Milton Academy Associate Editor, reflects on her experience.

April 13, 2017

Dear Black Girl at MA Boarding School

An anonymous student from Milton Academy says hello to black girls at MA boarding schools #blackgirlmagic

March 08, 2017

Journey Over Success

Inspired by Issue 7's Theme, Mental Health, June Seong from St. Mark's School shares some thoughts on how mental health ties in with success.

March 07, 2017

Groton Stories: Caleb Coleman and Finn Scott

As freshmen the basketball season can be ruthless and exhausting. The team has been plagued with injuries yet has still pushed through and produced one of the best Groton Basketball seasons in years. One of the main reasons behind this is our motivation factor; Harold Francis. Coach Francis is able to bring the spark out of each and every one of us with his motivational pre game speeches and his most famous line “Sprint”. Before Groton’s first ISL win in years, Coach Francis told a story of his last high school basketball game.  This story struck Finn and me, creating a fire in our hearts to play our best for the next 4 years. We were all motivated to play for one another and especially for those who will be leaving the circle in the next coming months. Expect big things coming in the future for Groton Basketball.

February 22, 2017

Holocaust Memorial Picture Capture

An Tran from NMH School shares a snapshot he took of the holocaust towers of the Boston Holocaust Memorial, as well as his thought process while taking the picture.

February 21, 2017

"Lotus"

Anmol Goraya from Concord Academy shares "Lotus," a narrative that tells two overlapping stories: The first is that of three milestones in a woman’s imagined life; the other is the story of the writer's relationship with her late grandmother. It is a beautifully written piece deserving of a large audience.

February 21, 2017

Military Relationships: Between a Soldier, Their Loved Ones, and Duty

Bodhi Becker from Milton Academy sheds some insight on military relationships in a compelling short essay.

February 21, 2017

Valentine's Day Cartoon

Dave Grayzel from Concord Academy shares with us a short and sweet Valentine's Day cartoon!

January 31, 2017

In Response to "How to Stop by the Woods on a Snowy Evening"

Kaiji Takaoka (NMH '17) teaches us "How to Stop by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" in a poignant creative piece.

January 31, 2017

Concord Stories: Maggie Doubman

“Most of my favorite days at Concord Academy have come from the boarding life. I remember waking up in the middle of January my Sophomore year to see that there was snow covering my window. When I went down stairs a group of girls from my house were bent over, laughing hysterically. Of course, I asked them what was going on when I saw that they were gripping four house flags. They explained the tradition that during snow days the houses battle to capture the other five houses flags before one another. We had gotten four, having not been able to find Wheeler’s or Adamad’s flags. This was an impressive feat so we decided to hide them under the trash so the other houses would not be able to find them and capture them back. Unfortunately this resulted in all five flags, including ours, to be thrown out. I still consider that a victory. I love snow days.”

- Maggie Doubman (Class of 2017)

December 19, 2016

Trump's Win: The Bottom Line

Sophia Glazer from NMH shares her take on the 2016 Presidential Election in a thoughtful opinion piece.

December 20, 2016

Poem on Religion

Zizo Bahnasy, the Phillips Academy Andover Editor, greets our readers to the common room with a thoughtful and nuanced poem on religion.

December 20, 2016

Groton Stories: Sophie Conroy

"This October my friend and I were sitting on my bed one late Sunday afternoon. We both got notifications on our phones: 'Our Father's House leaving in five minutes from the dining hall parking lot'. We had heard of the trips to Our Father's House, a local homeless shelter but had never been. On a whim we decided to go and serve dinner. It turned out to be one of my favorite memories from this year, not because my help was life changing to these people, or because my serving them dinner was some selfless act of service. I had fun doing something small and seeing the smiles we brought to people's faces. It reminded me to step outside of myself for a second."

December 20, 2016

How Do We Learn?

Justin Zhang and Rick Sarkar, St. Mark's School Panel Members, share their thoughts on the different American and Chinese education systems.

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May 08, 2017

Op/Ed Blurb on Power (Uwa Ede-Osifo, DA)

There is a misconception that listening to someone share their thoughts equates to agreeing with their thoughts. I believe that it is important to understand that not everyone’s interactions with the world outside of Deerfield are the same. In fact, they may not even be similar at all. No perspective is wrong or right; it’s not that simple. No one’s experience can be invalidated. Think about your favorite memory–would someone ask you for proof that it happened? Similarly, saying that issues such as sexism do not exist on campus because you have never experienced or witnessed it will always be an illogical argument.

April 21, 2017

Why Achievements Need Recognition

Amy Shohet from Milton Academy questions the college culture she's experienced at Milton and encourages readers to distance themselves from the toxic environment.

April 14, 2017

An Open Letter to my Younger Self

In honor of The Tavern's April theme, Race, Emily Ndiokho from Phillips Academy shares a poem reflecting on her own race and experiences.

April 13, 2017

Vagina Monologues

Chloe Castro-Santos from NMH shares a reflection on a NMH School production, "Vagina Monologues," a series of monologues performed by women.

April 13, 2017

SM Baseball Team Visits Cuba

Matthew Walsh from St. Mark's School writes about his fascinating trip to Cuba with his SM baseball team in a personal narrative that also comments on US-Cuban relations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3ZqdaxISVs

March 08, 2017

Groton Stories: Addie Newsome

“This is going to be my best term yet. I will stay on top of my work.” 

In a blink of an eye, I am four minutes late to check-in with an untouched to-do list. 

~

The same girls end up sprawled around the beige and green couches, listening to the same Justin Bieber song, watching the same Youtube video, cracking the same jokes, and vandalizing the same whiteboard. Some in the feels, while others indulge in a late cup of tea. 

~

The bell chimes twice, and tired eyes dart out from the computer in front of them. Within seconds, looks of panic quickly evolve into uncontrollable laughter as we shove our unopened textbooks into our backpacks, and slink into our own rooms saying, “See you tomorrow night.” 

March 07, 2017

Wellness Club

In hopes to help destigmatize mental health on the DA campus, Maya Rajan and her friend Julia Bewkes created "The Wellness Club." Through their tumblr page, wellness-club.tumblr.com, they've been promoting sharing stories surrounding mental health. Click here to take a deeper look into what they've been up to!

March 07, 2017

Masks and Spirit Dances

Inspired by masks he saw in spirit dances as a child, Max Solomon from Groton School shares a painting he made when he was younger.

February 21, 2017

The Relationship Probability Equation

In honor of Valentine's Day, Marc Millette, math whiz from Tabor Academy, gives us a fascinating brief on "The Relationship Probability Equation"

February 21, 2017

Groton Stories: Lily Delaney

A winter day

The air was crisp as I stuck my tongue out trying to catch a snowflake 

Crunch crunch crunch 

Goes the snow 

It is so peaceful; so nice

I wish winter would never end 

February 21, 2017

Groton Stories: Evie Gomila

I have lived in New Orleans all my life, and coming to Groton the culture was completely different from anything I had ever experienced. This Christmas break, I had a couple of my friends come down to visit. The first night there, I took my Groton friends to meet my New Orleans friends. Seeming them interact and get along so quickly, it felt like my two worlds were colliding.  

February 21, 2017

Boston Women's March for America

Katelyn Wang from Phillips Academy Andover shares with us some photos she took from the Boston Women's March for America.

January 31, 2017

Groton Stories: Millie Kim

“I was born on January 1st of the 2000s, so I was a millennium baby. I was the second millennium baby of the year born in the United States, and I received a cash prize, some teddy bears, hand-crafted spoons with my initials on them, and an upgrade from middle class to first class on my trip back to Korea. That’s why my name is Millie!”

January 31, 2017

St. Mark's takes on Women's March

Jamie Lance and June Seong, who have attended the Women's March, share some thoughts on their experiences.

December 19, 2016

Society Wants You, But You Shouldn't Want Society

Interlacing a series of powerful quotes and images, Sebastian Alvarez from Brooks School argues the dangers of conforming to society in a powerful essay. This moving, Emersonian piece is sure to hearten its readers to be more self-reliant.

December 19, 2016

Groton Stories: Rose Larkin

"This winter I am doing an oil painting FSA*. I am focusing on portraits of Mexican immigrants who I know and have taken photos of. I am so excited to be working on this project and I can't wait to see how everything comes out."

*Faculty Sponsored Activity; an alternative to sports.

December 19, 2016

My Experimentation with Buddhism: A Conformity Addict’s Story

Jack Weiler, Milton Academy Panel Member and enlightened quasi-Buddhist/atheist, shares his tale of experimenting with religion in a comical narrative.

December 20, 2016

Groton Stories: Alexandra Kogler

"Before coming to Groton I went to an international school in Singapore. I'm from the San Francisco area, but I had family living in Singapore who invited me to stay with them. Hesitant to go at first, it ended up being the best experience of my life. I went to school there for two years and fully immersed myself into the culture. I have yet to visit since eighth grade and I miss my life there, but I know I will be back one day."

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May 08, 2017

Groton Stories: Eleanor Dunn

One late Sunday night, I was leaning over the balcony in the mall, chatting with some friends when I felt my knees slip through the metal bars of the railing. I realized quite quickly that I was stuck. Soon the deans and the athletic trainer were around me. The night ended with cheeks yanking my trembling leg out of the 5 inch wide opening and giving me a look at sheer disappointment. I still have the physical and mental scars. 

May 08, 2017

The Motions

Take a look at this short and sweet motion picture by Sebastian Alvarez from Brooks School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCZPOu7kRiM

May 08, 2017

Groton Stories: Lyndsey Toce

So I tried to be proactive and write my research paper over long weekend. I worked hard on it and was relatively happy about the outcome. I opened my computer Tuesday night when I got back to school. My research paper had somehow been "corrupted." Needless to say, it was a late night, but it was accomplished.