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By Addie Doyle ’09
I don't do boats. I love the ocean. But I don't do boats. The constant swaying. The unexpected dips. The loss of a sense of gravity. I wasn't blessed with hardy inner ears. Yet there I was, during the first few days of January 2019, on a boat heading to Nantucket, in the middle of a rainstorm and 30 mile-an-hour winds.
by Virginia Mutz '20
To say I was shocked is an understatement. I started to argue, but the man just shook his head and gave his credit card to the cashier as I walked out of the store, toiletries in hand. It is in those moments that you realize how good people are.
by Andrew Zhao '21
On my first day, Ray handed me an annual report analysis and left to run meetings. Within minutes, my inability to read the Chinese characters, which included investment terms far more advanced than I used in daily conversation, brought nothing but frustration as I skimmed over the article, only understanding bits and pieces.
by Jayanth Uppaluri '20
I've learned to put my own personal spin on the topics of the tour. Even though we have a basic script, I always try to bring in extra information relevant to the particular stop we are at, for example explaining former senate President William Bulger's relation to notorious mobster Whitey Bulger.
by Marie Quintanar ’21
Upon my arrival at the boathouse, my coach informed us that we would only have four rowers and one coxswain on the team that year. My teammates and I exchanged mixed glances; some excited, as this meant that all of us would be racing in the boat this year, and some concerned, as this meant we had no alternates and all of the pressure would be on us.
by Oliver Shapiro ’21
I've been through this before and I vividly remember the first time around. I had been on the late side for the bus. I sat as far forward (and close to the guides) as any other student dared to go, with a quiet, albeit slightly lonely, row to myself.