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.
Everyone's a Critic is two weeks of
ART, THEATRE, MUSIC, DANCE and FOOD!
It's writing reviews about all those experiences.
By Becca Magee '18
Groton, MA -- Brian Underhill '19 wasn't exactly sure what to expect from his Winterim, Chess.
However, even after only the first day, he could tell this it's going to be a very enjoyable learning experience and said he is looking forward to the next couple of weeks.
This particular Winterim's purpose is not just to teach students how to play chess, although the participants do gain that skill. Chess looks to increase a player's ability to think both strategically and tactically.
The player has to remain aware of the options, variations, threats and potential attacks that exist in every chess position, which hones the student's perceptive abilities and memory.
Although having these particular skills in the game of chess would be very helpful if you wanted to say "checkmate" at any point, the main take-away of this Winterim is the fact that there are many parallels that can be drawn between the skills needed to excel in chess and the skills needed to succeed in life.
Learning how to and playing chess for two weeks isn't for everyone, but it certainly is for Brian, who informed us that this Winterim was "one of his top picks."
When further talking with Brian, the sophomore explained that prior to this week, "some people said things like, 'oh chess won't be that much fun', but I have actually been enjoying myself a lot."
When asked if he has learned anything after the first day, Brian is quick to point out that he has, "learned what a 'Fools Mate' is, the new rules, and many other things that [he] didn't know before about chess."
A 'Fools Mate', also known as a 'Two-Move Checkmate', is the checkmate in the fewest number of moves from the start of the game.
It seems like Brian Underhill, even after only one day of instruction, is already on his way to being able to say "checkmate".
Some things, you'll only be able to experience on #LAWinterim... Thanks Louisa Long '17 for sending us this absolutely #beautiful photo of the Hawai'i #Islands Winterim as they landed in #Honolulu. #OnlyAtLA #AwayFromLA #Hawaii #ocean #water #coast #mountains #beach #tropical #view #scenic #gorgeous #nature
By Vivian Liu '18
The weather was a little depressing on the second day of Winterim, but it didn’t affect the high morale of the news team.
After some hard work in the morning, we decided to go out for a lunch at the Pressed Café, suggested by the Communication's Office Hailey Wall '12, and located just a short drive from campus at 108 Spit Brook Rd, Nashua, NH.
We arrived at The Pressed Café around noon. It had simple decorations and a "neat" environment. During the busy lunch rush, it was packed with people of all ages, the giant menu on the wall covered many types of food and drinks: coffee, smoothies, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, bagels & things, freshly tossed salad, signature paninis, etc.
Junior Saldanha '18 ordered the spicy barbecue burrito and a fruit cup smoothie. He generally enjoyed the food, however, he said: “One thing I found kind of disappointing was that it wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be, maybe it was because that I’m tolerant to spicy food because I eat peppers for dinner, just raw.”
Mr. Bishop ordered the Cobb Salad. He was very happy about with the salad: “I know what a good Cobb Salad tastes like. This was a little variation on that, but the greens were very fresh, the bacon was very crisp and the dressing was awesome. It was a great, great lunch.”
Mr. Gotlib ordered the backyard barbecue protein bawl. He commented: “It reminded me of trips to Nashville with the barbecue and the barbecue sauce, and the kimwa was very nice. It was very spicy, which was good.”
Becca Magee '18 ordered the American burrito in a bowl and a peanut butter power smoothie. She liked the burrito and was especially impressed by the smoothie: “I got two because the first one was really good. I expected it to be really thick and kind of sticky like peanut butter-ish, but it wasn’t. it was more of a milk consistency.”
Zamir Primus '18 ordered the American Burrito. He thought it was really good but added sarcastically, “My only complaint is that in the middle of my burrito, there was a cold piece of ham and I feel like I was caught off guard.” Zamir also ordered a gigantic cinnamon roll. He said it was really good but also really big.
Ms. Wall ordered a protein kimwa bowl, which included black beans, corn, guacamole, kimwa and chicken. She said: “It was kind of like a Chipotle burrito, but it was better, because it was kimwa and no rice. Out of 10, I would give it a 8.7.”
Generally, the Pressed Café is a really good choice for a relaxing meal. It has a great variety of food and a comfortable atmosphere. Everyone at the Winterim News Team Table would like to go back and try more items off the amazing menu.
Check out Pressed Café next time you are in Nashua, NH.
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