News Category: Student Life

Community Life: Beauty and Culture

The Community Life Program aims to address the topics and issues students will face both in the present and later in college, career, and life: healthy relationships, wellness and stress management, drug and alcohol use, appropriate technology use, citizenship (both local and global), and leadership, to name just a few. We address these issues through organized events designed to stimulate…

New Students Connect with Mindfulness Practice

All new students at Middlesex participate in an Introduction to Mindfulness course.  Mindfulness can be summed up as “inner education.” Mindfulness practice helps us in understanding and training our attention, learning to relate to thoughts, emotions, and feelings in a more skillful way, becoming aware of the habits of our own mind, learning how to better connect with others, and…

Chess Masters

On Tuesdays during lunch, you might wander down the hallway of the Clay Center and come upon the Middlesex Chess Club.  Heads down in tournament-style play, a dozen students challenge each other for the title of Club Master.  The top players at Middlesex as of December 1, according to the Elo rating system, are: 1.  Nick Kender ’16 (Chelmsford, MA)…

Hundreds Attend Parents’ Weekend 2015

Hundreds of parents descended upon campus for a very busy Parents’ Weekend 2015. We were blessed with glorious late October weather and the campus looked gorgeous for our many visitors. The fact that Parents’ Weekend coincided with Halloween provided for some not-so-spooky-but-fun visuals! The weekend began Thursday afternoon with a dinner for our parents of international students. Preceding the dinner…

Making a Home

This fall the Middlesex community service program is working with Heading Home, a Boston-based nonprofit that places homeless families in permanent housing through a program called Up & Out moves.  Middlesex junior Ryan Ewing, who has been involved with Heading Home for many years and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013, spearheaded the effort.  Middlesex volunteers donated and collected furniture, home…

‘Choices’ for Freshmen

Just before 7 pm on Tuesday evenings in the fall, you’ll see clusters of freshmen migrating across the Circle to various faculty living rooms across campus.  Once inside, small groups of students meet with two faculty members and a senior member of Peer Support to discuss everything and anything that is not covered in the classroom.   This annual program is…

Peer Tutors and Shared Learning

At Middlesex, our academic community believes in a shared learning experience.  Our culture is marked by friendliness, accessibility, and compassion both in and out of the classroom.  While our teachers are generous with extra help, some of our most accomplished seniors are just as eager to lend a helping hand.  These Peer Tutors, selected by department heads for their mastery…

Moon Festival Celebration

On Saturday, September 26th, Middlesex celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, an important lunar holiday that is celebrated throughout Asia. Organized by Annie Ku, head of the Chinese department, and the student-run club Asian Society, the celebration included dumpling and mooncake workshops in the lobby of Ware Hall, where the Middlesex community, including many students, faculty members, and faculty children, enjoyed making and eating delicious Chinese…

Practicing Gratitude

At Middlesex, our Community Life program is about teaching and ensuring healthy living in our community.  At regular assemblies and meetings designed to stimulate open conversation, we address a range of topics and issues.  This week’s topic is gratitude, one of our five School values (in conjunction with respect, kindness, honesty, and courage).   Studies have shown that when people practice gratitude for…

Lunar Eclipse

During Sunday night’s Lunar Eclipse, nearly 100 students visited the Middlesex Observatory for a viewing party.  The moon entered Earth’s umbra (dark part of the shadow) at 9:07 pm, and many students watched and waited patiently until it was completely within the shadow at 10:11 pm. At that time, the refracted light from the Sun made the moon look red,…