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

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Assistant Director of Alumni/ae Programs

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Blog Posts

Asian Cultural Dinner: the priceless value of sharing culture through a meal
Spencer Solit '19

Last Friday BB&N hosted its annual Asian Cultural Dinner, and as a student taking Chinese I was invited to attend. It was, without a doubt, the best meal I’ve ever had at BB&N. I immediately ran to the dumplings and fried rice, my two favorite Chinese foods, but I also ate some dishes I’d never tried before, like tikka masala with naan. The last unit we covered in the AP Chinese class involved studying authentic cuisine in more depth, but tasting traditional foods cooked within our community felt more powerful than learning about dishes in the abstract. Experiencing Asian Culture during the dinner was much the same.

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How my semester away helped me find authenticity
Anna Garrity '19

At CITYterm, the semester program I participated in last spring in New York City, I learned more about the people I want to surround myself with and the type of person I want to be. In New York City, there is a whole universe of issues and beauty and bad people and good people and artists and poets and singers and crime and activism and everything that is beautiful and ugly about the world. There was a genuine authenticity in the city that inspired me to reflect on my own.  

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My Honors History Seminar research paper
Benjamin Gross-Loh '19

Why, despite such strong public opposition to nuclear power, would the public have voted a pro-nuclear party back into power? This seemingly undemocratic result can be attributed to several factors, which I have been researching this past fall for my Honors History Seminar course taught by Mr. Siegel. In this course, students conduct independent research and write a roughly 20-page paper due in March. While I’m fascinated by Japanese electoral and energy history, high schools tend not to offer courses on this topic. That, for me, is exactly why this seminar is so appealing—its flexibility has allowed me, as well as my classmates, to pursue our own niche interests in a way that is usually not possible before college.

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