Jessica Dyroff '16

Crew (Varsity Captain)
Debate Team
Benelli Writing Center Fellow

Hometown: Duxbury
Attending: Princeton University

How has Thayer prepared you for college?

In Middle School, I learned strong organizational skills and how to be aggressive about my work, managing my time and not procrastinating. I took 4 AP courses this year, and I rowed crew and I knew how to manage my time and when to ask my teachers for help. I’m rowing at Princeton and I know these skills will serve me well there.

What do you plan to study at Princeton?

I am going to study economics. I took AP Microeconomics with Mr. Dunne this year. The course got me excited about taking economics in college. I liked the material before the class, and he taught it in a way that made me like it even more.

What's your favorite memory of Thayer?

In my sophomore year my Biology class went to New York City on a field trip. It was so much fun. We went to different labs, aquariums, and zoos. Everyone was different in the class, but we all loved each other. Traveling around New York City with 16 of your best friends was really special, and we learned so much. I still scroll through those photos sometimes.

What was your most challenging class at Thayer?

AP BC Calculus with Ms. Siegel. She is one of the best teachers I’ve had, but she pushes that class really, really hard. She explains concepts well and spends the right amount of time on it while still moving fast. Her tests are so challenging when you get to the AP Exam you think “Oh, this is easy!”

What’s something someone would be surprised to know about you?

I’ve read every Harry Potter book three times.

What’s your favorite Thayer tradition?

Definitely Winter Wars. Our class formed really close connections when we came together to beat the other classes. I got so fired up for it-- it's a blast.