On & Off Campus Blog

On and Off Campus, BB&N's weekly blog, features contributions by members of the BB&N community, including the student writing panel, current and past faculty, and alumni/ae.

We welcome BB&N 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

Kim Ablon Whitney '91
Assistant Director of Alumni/ae Programs

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Blog Posts

Kicking it old school
Caroline Del Col '91

Like any new mom, I anxiously awaited my daughter's first word. "Mama," I would say to Avery. "Tree." "Sky." "Hi." Finally, at around eight months, it happened. She crawled across the mat in our Manhattan apartment, toward a pile of toys and said, "Ball." (In fairness, it sounded more like "Bah," but I knew what she meant.) From that moment on, it seemed like Avery always had a ball around — beach ball, nerf ball, tennis ball, beach ball and, eventually and most significantly, soccer ball. 

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Rising to the challenge of Bivouac
Dylan Saunders '21

All my life I have thought of myself as a city boy.

I would take my ideal vacation to New York or Washington, D.C. instead of somewhere rural. Something about the busyness and the life of cities draws me in. The diversity of people, places, cultures, stores, and architecture are what I love about cities. When I go outside the city, where not much is happening, I often become bored and end up longing for Boston.

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Joining the press at a Senator's press conference
Nicholas Kolbas '20

We began with the Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone in the auditorium rose, reciting the words planted in their brains since elementary school. I stood between a row of my peers: two other members of the Vanguard editorial board and seven others representing the FemCo and Shades clubs, plus history teacher Matt Turnbull. The opportunity to join the press at Senator Susan Collins's press conference had taken me aback, as her name had constantly been appearing on the news about the upcoming vote to appoint Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. I signed up, eager to attend whether or not we students would have the chance to speak with her or even ask any questions.

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Putting a human face on Primary Care at Children's Hospital
Jayanth Uppaluri '20

When I stepped into the Boston Children's Hospital division of Primary Care on my first day as a summer volunteer, I was about to drop dead out of fright.  This was after two sessions of orientation on rules, regulations, and procedure, each lasting two hours.  I had been lectured on such topics as escaping the hospital in a fire and dealing with chemical spills, but they had taught me nothing to do with the finer points of interacting with young children. 

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