Katharine Barrett '19

Katharine Barrett '19

Tennis (Varsity, Captain) 
TAPAWS Peer Tutoring (President) 
Habitat for Humanity (President) 
Voice Magazine
Benelli Writing Center Fellow 
Project DEEP volunteer tutor
Global Scholar 
Cum Laude Society

Hometown: Milton
Attending: Bowdoin College

How has Thayer influenced you both as a student and as a person?

Thayer has really helped me to grow. Socially, I’ve met people from many different towns and taken part in many activities. Academically, I love how students and teachers can work so closely together. Thayer has been challenging, but it’s been a good challenge. 

What was your most challenging class?

PreCalc Honors with Mr. Forrest. The material was hard, but Mr. Forrest would always present it in interesting, counterintuitive ways. I met with him once a week, every week. Now I’m in AP BC Calculus. His tests really made us think for ourselves. 

Who is your favorite teacher at Thayer?

“Profe” Diamond. He was incredibly influential in my taking the Peru trip and becoming a Global Scholar. Now I’m considering a career in global healthcare. He’s just so interested in everything he does. He’s the best. 

What do you plan to study in college and why?

I will attend Bowdoin College. I’ll be looking for the same close-knit community experience, so Thayer has definitely influenced me there. I’m looking at Pre-Med with a focus in biochemistry or neuroscience. I’m also interested in global healthcare. 

What will you miss most about Thayer Academy?

I’ll miss the community, being able to really know all your friends and the teachers. My class has really bonded so much, especially this senior year. I’ll miss them so much! 

What’s an interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?

I sail competitively, know how to ballroom dance, and teach “Cotillion” at Granite Links Golf Course. Oh, and I have a grandfather who is a Thayer alumnus, Class of 1951. 

What is your most memorable academic experience?

For my ISR (Independent Science Research) Project, I studied Parkinson’s Disease for five weeks of the summer at a Brigham and Women’s Hospital research lab. It was especially rewarding as my grandmother has Parkinson’s. I’m going back this summer as a paid research assistant. It was great to make that connection. 

Who inspires you the most?

My grandparents on my Mom’s side. My grandfather died this past September, but he and my grandmother emigrated from Greece in the 1950s. They came here with nothing, they worked hard, and opened successful restaurants. They’ve taught me to take advantage of opportunities. 

What’s one of your favorite quotes?

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou

In what grade did you start Thayer, and what advice would you have given yourself on that first day?

I started in the ninth grade, and I’d just say to start seeing your teachers earlier. I didn’t realize how important that was until a little later.