Students Tackle Ovid, Molecular Modeling in Tutorials

Differential Equations: Ben Cardinal ’18 and Catherine Qiao ’18 meet with math teacher Jon Creamer every week and work with complex math equations involving derivatives of functions.

Infinite Jest: A revolutionary novel published by David Foster Wallace in 1996, Infinite Jest – called “still a challenge, still brilliant” by The Guardian – is complex to study and not offered in the school’s curriculum. Christian Carson ’18 and Paul Michaud ’18 are working with English teacher Jake Kohn, who completed an independent study of the book in college, to take a closer look into this text.

Music Recording: Jon Lamson ’18 is learning the ins and outs of recording music with one of Groton’s music teachers, Kenji Kikuchi.

Gender Studies: Catherine Qiao ‘18 and Candilla Park ‘18 are taking a closer look at gender by “reading about the patriarchy/gender relations” with Director of College Counseling Megan Harlan. They are also writing essays related to the topic of feminism.

Reading Ovid: Ars Amatoria (Art of Love) by Latin poet Ovid is, as Becky Zhang ‘18 says, “essentially a guide for picking up women in Augustan Rome.” With the help of Latin teacher Mary Frances Bannard, Becky and Min Shin ‘18 are translating and analyzing, as well as writing papers that “discuss the text and its commentaries.” Since it is “oddly relevant to modern society’s dating scene,” for their final project they are writing a creative assignment modeled after Ovid’s style.

Computational Atomic and Molecular Modeling: After exhausting all of Groton’s chemistry electives, including headmaster Temba Maqubela’s Organic Chemistry classes, Charlie Vrattos ’18 is learning about modeling all the chemistry he’s learned on the computer with chemistry teacher Nathan L