Explore and Experiment
For nearly five decades, Lawrence Academy has embraced the idea of experiential education through Winterim. The two-week mini-term in March is a central feature of LA’s educational program, breaking students out of their normal routines and encouraging them to open their minds, bodies, and hearts to new experiences. For some, Winterim is a cool, fun, and unique experience; for others, a Winterim program will end up infuencing their chosen path of study in college or their future career.
Roughly 44 Winterim options are offered each year, with each course falling into one of ve areas: cultural immersion, academic eld study, service learning, crafts and skills, or outdoor adventure. Students can stay on campus and in the Groton area or venture out of state – or even out of the country – and are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse areas of study and explore a variety of options throughout their time at Lawrence Academy.
For Example: The Maripositas
As part of Winterim, Lawrence Academy students have been working with the Mariposa Foundation in the Dominican Republic since 2001. Spanish teachers Nate Cabot and Rob Moore lead the trip to the northern coastal town of Cabarete where, under the guidance of LA alumna parent and Mariposa Foundation Executive Director Patricia Suriel, students work with the 7-16-year-old girls, nicknamed “maripositas” (“butterflies” in Spanish), who are part of the program.
“These girls are so voracious and full of energy and optimism. Despite coming from extreme poverty, they want to learn all they can and fulfill all their dreams,” shares Rob Moore. While teaching, mentoring and playing with the Maripositas, Lawrence students “see the joy and happiness in these little girls and think deeply about what happiness is and what sources of happiness are.” They also spend time visiting some of the Maripositas’ homes, working to better the Mariposa Foundation’s facilities, and cleaning up plastic debris from the nearby Yásica River.
Experience It Firsthand...
In addition to the Lawrence Academy group’s vital work at the Mariposa Foundation, students also explore their surroundings and the Dominican culture through excursions to the Waterfalls of Damajagua and a trip to La Boca, where the Yásica River meets the sea. Although knowledge of the Spanish language is not a prerequisite for the Dominican Service Project Winterim, students in the program learn and experience the language in an immersive setting, and Spanish lessons at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels are taught throughout the two weeks.
“It’s one thing to hear about life in developing countries on the news and from other people, but it’s another thing to actually see it and experience it firsthand,” says Matt Noel ’19. “The students and the teachers alike seemed extremely grateful that we were there to help them, and I felt the same in return. It’s something special to be part of a community that cares so much about the betterment of the world and encourages its students to be good people.
Note: Individual programs are subject to change.
Don’t Judge a Restaurant by its Cover
by Maksim Tochilkin ‘19
After a snow storm on the fourth day of Winterim and consequently a day off for every on-campus program, the Winterim News Team was ready and excited to explore the gorgeous city of Providence on Friday, March 9, and check out the Providence College men's ice hockey team take on the University of Maine.
However, we all figured that this task would demand a good deal of energy and decided to fill up our tanks at Julian’s restaurant, wisely suggested by the Communications Office’s Mr. Gotlib.
At Julian’s, right before entering the restaurant, the sign on the front door tells the costumers that the restaurant’s property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. While it looks very historic (i.e. old) on the outside, the inside is the complete opposite.
The restaurant’s interior décor is not straightforward or antique, but stylish; a very fun mix of retro and contemporary. You can find statues of Star Wars characters on the walls, as well as a blueprint of a Russian tank of the World War II era right above the kitchen.
The restaurant also seems to be a very popular place among local citizens and especially students, since it was absolutely packed and a waiter had trouble finding us a free table.
Spencer Akers ’18 ordered a “Build Your Own Omelet” with red pepper, tomato, smoked bacon and Italian bread with jam. He claimed that the omelet was fantastic, pointing out that this omelet “was the second biggest omelet I have ever had, and that is only to my own omelet, because I make nine-egg omelets at home.”
Mark Bedetti ’19 decided to try the “Desperado Benedict” with avocado and salsa. Being a very descriptive person, he went on about the food’s texture, adding, “The balance between avocado, bread, and eggs was just prime.” He concluded that the contrast of well-poached eggs and homemade salsa was amazing. Overall, Mark was impressed by his choice, calling it “absurdly delicious”.
Mr. Gotlib ordered braised beef "short rib sando." He explained that it was a massive short-ribbed sandwich with watercress “that very much reminded me of my grandmother’s brisket from Passover.” He also commented on something that looked like pickled onions to him but like beets to me, saying that it “was delicious either way and I ate every bite”.
Mr. Bishop ordered "two eggs over toast and home fries."
First, he compared Julian’s eggs and toasts to IHOP, and you could tell that Mr. Bishop was not generally happy with the chain's food but was extremely pleased with Julian’s. The Winterim leader explained that “one of the tests of a good restaurant is when they don’t mess up simple things” and even though he had “the most simple meal on the table, I would definitely go back and try something new.
"Oh, and try the homemade potato chips with salt and vinegar were choice."
Viraz Mahanti ’19 ordered chicken tacos with black beans and, in general, he really enjoyed the meal. However, the most enjoyable and impressive aspect of the restaurant for Mahanit was the bathroom.
Viraz was thrilled by the fact that there was a working TV in the lavatory playing Duck Tales. He also liked the color scheme and how the walls of the bathrooms were covered with Star Wars figurines.
Generally, Julian’s is a very comfortable and unique place to have a meal at. While the food is beyond praise, the inner atmosphere only adds positives to the overall impression. At Julian’s you are guaranteed delicious food and an exceptional experience.
Max's score - 4.5 out of 5 stars: "Overall the food was, as Mark said, absurdly delicious. However, they lost a half a star because it was cold inside. They put us right in front of the door so every time a customer came in or out, the cold air came in."
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