Blog: On and Off Campus

On and Off Campus, BB&N's weekly blog, features contributions by members of the BB&N community, including a student writing panel, current and past faculty, and alumni/ae. We welcome community members to submit posts of 300-700 words for consideration. Longer submissions may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Please contact the editors for more details:

Rob Leith P'11, Upper School English & Art History at rleith@bbns.org
Kim Ablon Whitney '91, Assistant Director of Alumni/ae Programs at kwhitney@bbns.org | 617.800.2731


My family's Christmas tradition: reading over the holiday
Sophia Scanlan ’18

Unlike many families, mine pretty much centers its Christmas traditions around books. A family of bibliophiles—my dad is an English professor, my mom is a Jane Austen fanatic, and I'm an editor—we've always liked to read together and talk about our books. And around the holidays, since our schedules open up, we do so more often.

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A jazz musician's reflection on the Winter Concert
Charlie Whitney ’18

On the Friday night before exams, the annual BB&N Winter Concert occurred, and as a saxophone player in one of the Upper School Jazz Bands, I performed with my group in front of our peers, teachers, and parents. This concert was my penultimate as a BB&N student, and looking back on my jazz experience, I could not be more grateful for all of the fun I have had.

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The Rewards of working the Samaritans Suicide Hotline
Avi Madsen ‘18

“I… I think I want to end it all. I tried to drink bleach but I couldn’t even do that right. I have a belt looped around my neck.” Molly's voice trembled through the phone.

My only thought was, this is the real deal. I’m going to have to talk her down from suicide in the next half hour.

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How Teachers Learn From Students
Henri Andre, Director of Health & Physical Education

As an immigrant to the United States, I was given an extraordinary opportunity when former athletic director Jack Etter first hired me to coach Girls JV Soccer. The BB&N community welcomed me and openly supported my growth as a professional and as a person. Daily that experience inspires my commitment to give back and to offer opportunities for the students entrusted to me as a faculty member. 

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