Tucker '17

I came to Putney in January of my sophomore year after attending a farm program in Utah. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make friends here, especially coming in mid-year. I had shadowed a veterinarian at my old school and learned to embrace my love for animals there—horses and dogs especially. I’ve been able to continue riding and caring for horses here at Putney. I also love to play basketball. Next year, I’ll be selling my soul to basketball, hoping to play Division 1.

In the fall, I went to Cuernavaca with five kids from Putney. What an amazing experience. We did homestays with families, so my Spanish really improved. We visited many historical sites and studied the culture and religions of Mexico. 

After coming to Putney, I became really interested in philosophy and psychology. This trimester, I’ve been doing an independent study in psychology, specifically looking at teenage depression.  In addition to my academic classes, I’ve taken woods crew, college planning, ultimate frisbee, and wilderness first aid. I sing bass in Madrigals. I’m also a dorm head, and was elected to the Standards Committee. For Project Week, I’m going to do a statistical analysis of basketball—I’ll be taking 500 shots a day!

Organizing my time is a challenge. How do I tell when I’ve taken on too much? Sometimes I stay up too late and have a hard time waking up in the morning. I choose to tough it out. But on a perfect day, I sleep in, go to the field house to shoot hoops, hang out with friends, and talk with my advisor—he’s more like a friend who is willing to give advice. He runs the farm and teaches American Studies. Without him, I never would have thought to go to Mexico. And, I might never have learned how to drive a tractor!

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