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
rleith@bbns.org

Kim Ablon Whitney '91
Assistant Director of Alumni/ae Programs
kwhitney@bbns.org
+1.617.800.2731

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Blog Posts

Flowers, food, and friends: my summers at the Mary Prentiss Inn
Chloe Fandetti '21

My favorite part of the inn is the conservatory, because it is so bright. The sun streaks through the glass walls and skylight, lighting up the room and making the glass tables sparkle. Through the glass walls, you can see into the back deck, where an old maple tree canopies the sitting area. Flower pots brim with brilliant hues, and ripe tomatoes hang from their vines.

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What my campers have taught me
Nicholas Kolbas '20

I first attended Nobles Day Camp in a group for rising second graders, and eleven years later, I've returned to that same group. Granted, I've worked as a camp counselor for the past two summers, responsible for the kids' welfare through a range of sports and art activities. Occasionally, I see a camper comment on another's appearance, differing by ethnicity, cultural customs, or other characteristics. Although I intervene to prevent insult, these remarks arise out of pure curiosity, far detached from the intolerance surrounding America's societal divisions.

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Bivouac: so begins the journey of the unforgettable ninth grade year
Jack Haining '22

All of those who have been through ninth grade at BB&N have their own memories of Bivouac. Regardless of whether it was your cup of tea, it is certainly a highlight of freshman year. One of the many aspects that makes the camping trip so unforgettable is the surprises it holds for each student. Looking back on Bivouac now, it is clear Bivouac was a prelude to the numerous surprises that ninth grade would bring.

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The French Exchange: the rewards of taking risks
Chloe Fandetti '21

Last spring, I signed up for the French exchange trip for an opportunity to travel to the most beautiful city in the world, Paris. For ten days, I lived with my French correspondent, her mother, father, and older brother in a small apartment in the city. Everything was strange, from the conversations in French to the foods we ate during dinner to sharing a living space with people I had just met. This trip, which initially started as a chance to admire the Eiffel Tower, quickly became much more. I learned so much about my ability to adapt in different situations when pushed out of my comfort zone.

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Singing at Kendric Price's memorial service
Sophie Chadha '21

Even though I never met him, singing at BB&N grad Kendric Price's memorial service completely redefined the way I look at the world. When we climbed down from the stage and started singing Stevie Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today" up and down the aisles of the audience, the final dam collapsed. Some burst out in tears, others blinked back glassy eyes, but everyone clapped along with the rhythm and took up the chorus.

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