On & Off Campus Blog: November Posts

On and Off CampusBB&N Alumni/ae Office's weekly blog, features contributions by members of the BB&N community, including the student writing panel, current and past faculty, and alumni/ae. Click here for instructions on how to sign up to receive alerts from the blog. Check out some of the latest posts.

BB&N's robotics team: an entirely student-driven activity

Jayanth Uppaluri '20

Robotics has been a hobby of mine since I was a young child. There's always been something magical about the ability of a robot to be able to accomplish complex tasks. 

Developing my taste in music

Nicholas Kolbas '20

The first song to spark my passion for music seldom appears in an average teenager's playlists. I remember the summer of 2016; I was 14 years old, preparing for Bivouac and the following four years of high school. My younger brother had just finished a soccer game at Elm Bank, Wellesley, and we sat in the back seat of my dad's car. As we drove across the narrow bridge traversing a limpid brook, the music my dad had selected rose in my ears.

The musical and social rewards of playing in a school chamber group

By Oliver Shapiro '21

During the academic year, I play in the Upper School Orchestra twice a week. I always look forwards to our rehearsals, a time to relax and simply play music without any sense of pressure. However, Orchestra is a large group. While I do get to know the people in my wind section, Orchestra feels like less of a cohesive group than my chamber music group which meets every Thursday.

Watching the world spin: an argument for why we should all take more time

Tessa Haining '19

Whenever people ask me what I like to do, I tell them I like to play the violin, to row, and to watch the world spin. That last one usually elicits a small chuckle or two – nice in the moment, but I'm not joking. I genuinely enjoy watching the world spin ever so slowly on its axis, and I think you should try it too.

A Thanksgiving tradition and its power to unite family

By Dylan Saunders '21

As my family and I sit around a wooden table, my mom shuffles over with the turkey on a massive platter in her arms. After she sets it down, we stuff our plates with all the food we can fit, say Grace with hands in a ring around the table, and then dig in like starving animals.