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 2018 catalog, listing this year's course offerings, is posted online (PDF at right). You will also find the 2018 Winterim Intro and Sign-up Forms here.
Note: Individual programs are subject to change.
The Winterim program is an opportunity to explore a broader 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 knowledge of their own.
For a more historical perspective, check out the 2017, 2016, and 2015 Winterim Blogs (posted together below). You may also view 2014, 2013, the 2012 Winterim Photo Gallery, and the 2011 Winterim Blog.
Our hashtag on social media is #LAWinterim.
By Becca Magee '18
Groton, MA – One of the more athletic Winterims offered at Lawrence Academy is “Martial Arts”.
In this Winterim, students learn the ancient art of Uechi Ryu at Luth Family Karate in Groton, Mass.
Jennifer Luth, a 5th-degree black belt, is the group’s instructor. She has been practicing karate for twenty-four years and has been working with Lawrence Academy for seven.
When asked why she started studying karate Ms. Luth, who ran road races before taking up martial arts, replies with a grin, “It was my husband's fault.
“He had always wanted to do karate, so he signed us both up without asking me.”
Jamie Comeau, a sophomore at LA, had never done any type of karate or self-defense training prior to this Winterim.
Jamie explains that in just a few days she has learned the San-Chin, worked with nun-chucks, done the bo staffs, and learned some self-defense.
“Working with the nun-chucks is really fun,” she says. “It takes a lot of coordination.”
As typical day for the Martial Arts Winterim is very busy.
At 8:40 AM, all the students are expected to be waiting outside of Waters House, one of LA’s dorms, ready to leave. They arrive at the Dojo around 9:00 AM, and for the next hour, the students go over what they learned the day before.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays they add yoga, and on the other days they continue building upon their karate skills.
At 12:30 PM they leave the Luth dojo and return to campus for lunch. After lunch, the students work on their martial arts movie-making until Winterim concludes at 3:00 PM.
Even with such a packed schedule and lots of hard work, when asked if there was anything Jamie wanted to say about her program, she enthusiastically added, “Everyone enjoys it and we have already gotten out white belt with two green stripes.
“It’s just so fun!”
By Junior Saldanha ‘18
Lowell, MA – On Day 5 of Winterim, the Winterim News Team went to Lowell to visit the city’s National Historical Park and attend a Hockey East men’s ice hockey playoff game between the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of New Hampshire.
During this trip, we were fortunate to tour the UMass Lowell ice hockey facilities at the Tsongas Center and interview UML Associate Athletic Director of Communications, Peter Souris.
“We oversee all of the live streaming events for our division 1 sports,” he explained about his job, adding, “we also have the more traditional role where we’re writing press releases.”
Then we asked what his main job during game nights to which he simply responded, “craziness.”
“Just a lot of different things,” continued Mr. Souris with a smile. “Juggling [tasks], working with the visiting team…getting our video stream set, and just setting up press box; making sure the media has everything they need.”
Mr. Souris has been in athletic communications for some time, starting as a University of New Hampshire in 1995.
“So, I was at UNH as a student and then as an intern, and then as a full-time employee,” he said. “I went to Hockey East for six and a half years.
“I’ve been in UMass-Lowell for the last three.”
Asked what was his favorite part of the job he said, “just working with a team.
“I could be doing a bunch of different things,” continued Mr. Souris. “People say I get paid to go to sporting events, which is really simplifying it.
“[I enjoy] working with, and being part of, something bigger than you are.”
We then asked what academic education prepared him for this job, Mr. Souris explained that hands-on experience was far more helpful.
“There’s only so much I could learn in the classroom,” explained Mr. Souris. “I just spent a lot of time doing internships; with the Celtics doing marketing…and then I did an internship with Fox Sports New England, which is Comcast now.
“[While at UNH] I just literally spent my whole day pretty much in the office at school just to learn as much as I could and [earned] every role I got came from a previous role I [had].”
Asked him what college courses would’ve helped him, Souris said anything pertaining to “the business aspect of [athletics].
“I think I’ve learned a lot of the business and marketing side since I’ve been here and we, as an external staff, place high value on the fan experience, so…just learning more about how to fill the building.
“I would say that would be the one area that I would’ve loved to learn more,” he said.
Finally, we asked him what is one of the keys to finding these jobs and he explained “hard work is obviously the most important thing, and I think having the contacts is helpful.
“You just never know who you’re going to meet,” adding that, “you want to always be prepared to make your little sales pitch to whoever you’re talking to.”
That was the big takeaway for the Winterim News Team; how Mr. Souris spoke to the importance of hands on experience and hard work.
“Nothing is handed to you,” emphasized Mr. Souris. “You have to work for it.”
By Junior Saldanha '18
Groton, MA -- Day 2 of Winterim started off strong, so the LA Winterim News Team sprung into action right away (at 8:00 a.m.) - while many teams were still eating breakfast!
Staring in the Dining Hall, we tried to visit each group and interviewed three faculty members and three students; all as we gathered background video footage and photos from multiple programs.
Along the way, we interviewed Ms. Ruby -- who went to LA -- and asked her about her time at Lawrence Academy and how did running a Winterim as a faculty member compare to attending one as a student.
“Running a Winterim is way harder because you actually have to plan stuff," she said. "You’re in charge of a lot of other people and depending on what your doing it’s a little more nerve wracking.”
Ms. Ruby, who is running the Warm and Wooly knitting Winterim added, "It’s fun I still thoroughly enjoy it, but planning and running is much harder than doing.”
Asked what parallels she saw between her time attending a Winterim as a student and what the students are experiencing right now, Ms. Ruby thought a moment and said, "in many cases even if the actual courses change, a lot of the themes stay the same.
“So, there’s usually service trips, courses that are skills based, art based, personal challenge.
"It’s a lot of the same ideas,” she said.
We asked her if there were any distinct differences between her time as a student and now, she laughed knowinglyl and said, “the phone issue was not an issue when I was a student, because [smart] phones didn’t exist.
"So, it was like, 'Yep, you're away so the only thing you needed was a phone card so you can use a payphone.'
“Now, it’s a big issue because kids are on their phone all the time, so it makes it harder for them to be 'present' in their Winterim,” she said.
As a result, many leaders ask for, and hold their students' smart phones or instruct them to turn them off.
Finally, we wondered aloud what Winterim did she find most enjoyable when she was a student. The alum stated that, “the favorite one I did was backpacking in the Grand Canyon what Mr. J.”
She added that on Mr. Johnson's Winterim, “the first week we were actually backpacking in the Grand Canyon -- like we were physically in the Grand Canyon -- so we flew down that Monday and from Tuesday to Friday we spent tenting.”
As the Winterim News Team, today, what we found most interesting, was hearing Ms. Ruby explain how the basics of the program remain the same.,
As Ms. Rudy said, despite the course changes and changing times, LA has successfully kept the tradition of Winterim alive and have tried to keep it as close to its roots as possible.
We’re glad to see Ms. Ruby (and others) continuing the Winterim tradition as a teacher!
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