Winterim is the centerpiece of Lawrence Academy's commitment to immersive education -- learning in the concrete and physical world of activity as a complement to learning in the vicarious and symbol-filled world of traditional classrooms.
The 2017 catalog, listing this year's course offerings, is posted online (PDF at right, ISSUU is below).
The program is an opportunity to explore a wider range of subjects and skills than is otherwise possible in a regular classroom. In that spirit, student reporters assist the LA communications staff in covering their classmates experiences, while gaining some experience of their own.
For a more historical perspective, check out the 2016 and 2015 Winterim Blogs (posted together below). You may also view our students' 2014 Winterim Blog here, 2013 Winterim Blog, the 2012 Winterim Photo Gallery, and the 2011 Winterim Blog.
Our hastag on social media is #LAWinterim.
by Kacey Hartner ’13
Groton, MA – Though Winterim 2016 is coming to a close on this mild March day, it is not without excitement, achievement, new experience, and an all-around bittersweet feeling descending over campus.
Caribbean adventurers and Dominican explorers are returning from their travels, while Clay and Kiln creators are finishing their final products and drones are making their final flights.
And through it all, from start to finish, the Winterim News Team was there to document all of LA’s Winterims - from Ansin and Gray Buildings, to Florida, Ecuador, and the Rio Grande.
“I loved this Winterim,” reports Khloe Hartner ’17, this time on the other side of the journalistic approach. “At first, I was a little uncomfortable in front of the camera.”
News teammates Zach May ’16, Irma Krimelyte ’17, and Josh Newsome ’17 participated alongside Khloe in an effort to learn hands-on the process of PR, web, reporting, social media, event coverage, and journalism in their two weeks with the Communications Department's John Bishop and Jonathan Gotlib.
“I’m really glad [Mr. Bishop and Mr. Gotlib] pushed us out of our comfort zones,” Khloe continued.
“It was a really good experience that helped open up my eyes to the world of social media,” agreed Josh of the program, officially entitled “Web Reporting and Social Media.”
“The food was really good, too. Love the food,” he added with a smile, noting that the four lucky students were happy to be exposed to a number of unique restaurants during their two weeks, learning review styles and experiential reporting.
“I saw a hockey game for the first time, too, so that was very cool,” Josh, a native of England, explained.
The students were happy to use outside experiences such as visiting museums, watching hockey games, and interviewing professional players from AHL to build their interviewing and reporting skills as they delivered Winterim coverage to the LA community through blog posts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine.
On campus Winterims will recall seeing the News Team popping in and out to take photos, video, and to inquire about their projects. In betwen their work on campus, the group also traveled to Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Cambridge’s Harvard Square, Lowell’s Tsongas Arena, Springfield’s MassMutual Center, Wakefield’s Hockey East Headquarters, and more.
“I like that we had an on campus Winterim that still spent some time off campus,” says Irma, who hails from Lithuania. “It was my first Winterim and I was not disappointed.
“And since we were only four people, we got really close.”
On their last day together, the Winterim News Team is working hard to be in touch with all Winterims to conclude their final coverage before the eagerly awaited spring break.
“I’d still be really happy to stay here for the next two weeks,” reports Zach.
Communications Intern Kacey Hartner ’13, was excited to have the opportunity to experience Winterim with her sister, Khloe Hartner, ’17, and to have another turn to be involved with the two week activity that is perhaps one of the best experiences that embodies Lawrence Academy.
From Brennan McCoormick
Hello... It's me (quoting Adele). Today is our last day of preteen Bieber, Electric feel and hitch hikers. We will all miss the nights of laughter and the days of creating vibrant and beautiful artwork. We will miss the mysterious smell of our crunky room. The ways the bed rolled and how we threatened to roll Renae out into the mountains (jokes). We will miss our long drives with ripping our lungs out singing along to French club songs thanks to DJ Kelli. We are going to be very emotional when it is eventually the end of the day. We are venturing out today to go back to the streets of Santa Fe. We couldn't resist coming back for some more prickly pear lemonade (even though I think it tastes like dentist bubblegum). The random cows and shower talks will be deeply missed as will the elk.
Can't wait to see you all. Flights are on time. Peace.
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