Nick Dawson '18

Nick Dawson '18

Cross Country (Captain)
SALSA (Students Advocating Life without Substance Abuse), President
Operation Support the Troops

Hometown: Needham
Attending: Boston College

When did you start at Thayer?

I came here in the 6th grade. I’m a lifer. 

How did the Middle School prepare you for the Upper School?

The Middle School was a lot of work, and I think it helped me develop both my work ethic and time management. 

What are your plans for next year?

I’m going to BC. I plan to study economics, but that could change. 

What’s the first word that you think of when you think of Thayer?

I would say community. If you look at all of the activities we do for the community around us, like the holiday toy drive--we can do so much for the community around us, but that's only really possible if we have a strong community here. 

What was your most challenging class at Thayer?

My senior year, I decided to take AP Calculus - which was a challenge for me. It was my first honors math course. However, Mr. Cedrone told me, ‘I’m willing to put in the work if you are.’ So before most tests I would meet with him and do extra problems, and I found myself wanting to do well for him, and was motivated to do the tough work.

What’s your favorite food in the dining hall?

The corn dogs that they serve the Friday before the Super Bowl are really good.

If you could give advice to incoming freshmen what would you say?

Go in with an open mind. In Middle School I played football, basketball, baseball and I got three concussions. My parents told me I needed to find a new sport. As a kid in Middle School, I hated running. If the coach would tell us to go to line I was the first kid to fake an injury or something to leave. I tried cross country because I knew I wanted to do some sort of fall sport to meet kids. I tried it and I ended up loving it.

What’s your favorite memory from Thayer?

In cross country we took 4th place in New Englands this year. It was really cool because the past three years before we had been at the bottom of the league.  I think it was amazing for the four senior runners  to see how much the program had grown and to see that all of our hard work and all the training during the year paid off.