The CIA and the Six Best Things About Boarding School Break.

November 22, 2011

And so it has happened. My final fall exam week at Gould. We all survived it, like we always do. And though students are already dispersed about the Globe for vacation, I have some amusing images from exam week that I wanted to share.

You already heard about our AP Gov project in Abby’s post (remember?…Prince Harry playing polo?). My group’s country was Russia, so as CIA agents, we spent several years in Russia collecting intelligence to compare it to the United States. Upon returning, we held a briefing in which all of the agents presented the intelligence they had gathered on their respective countries. I have chosen to include some photos of the briefing, although technically they should remain strictly confidential.

Agents Curry, Mason, & Siegel–no, I did not kill all of those furry animals.

Needless to say, the world is safe with these agents doing their jobs.








UK agents Rowe & Fraser in their undercover street wear–so stylish!














Agents Couch, Alpert, and McCarthy, just back from Iran.



Now on to Part II of this Glog post: Vacation!!! Here are some things Vacation is good for:

1. Sleeping in. It is perfectly acceptable to stay in your pajamas until 2 PM. However, if you plan to go exercise, remember to do so before it gets dark.

2. Reading books that were not assigned for school. They DO exist, I promise!

3. Being creative–there are many different kinds of creativity, but if you are feeling particularly loquacious, I  highly suggest sharing your literary creations on the other Gould blog, GA Out Loud. You can e-mail Rose Gill or Abbie Goldberg with your selections–they would LOVE some new voices on the blog.

4. Talking to your family–yes, it is important to do so every once in a while. Even those of us who are day students find that we hardly see our families during the school year because we are so busy. Luckily for me, my family reads my Glog so I don’t have to talk to them very often (don’t worry, that was a joke. A VERY bad joke).

5. Catching up–on TV shows, reading, friends, current events (read up on Occupy Wall St., it’s important!), school work (yes, I know the trimester is over, but there’s always time to get ahead on those Bio chapters!)

6. Relaxing, above all. I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone to do that! Happy Vacation, happy Thanksgiving, happy (hopefully) snow!

See you next week!

PS: I am leaving this Friday with the Nordic team for a training camp in Québec. In anticipation of being without internet on Monday, don’t worry if you don’t hear from me. With any luck, I will be skiing on some real Canadian snow.








3 Responses

  1. Avatar leslie corrigan says:

    After reading your #5, I had to share a column that I came across. I think your parents may find it interesting and hopefully you too will pick up a think or two.

    Subject: Occupy Wall Street

    Some Belated Parental Advice to Protesters

    Posted By Marybeth Hicks on October 19, 2011


    Call it an occupational hazard, but I can’t look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking, “Who parented these people?” As a culture columnist, I’ve commented on the social and political ramifications of the “movement” – now known as “OWS” – whose fairyland agenda can be summarized by one of their placards: “Everything for everybody.”

    Thanks to their pipe-dream platform, it’s clear there are people with serious designs on “transformational” change in America who are using the protesters like bedsprings in a brothel. Yet it’s not my role as a commentator that prompts my parenting question, but rather the fact that I’m the mother of four teens and young adults. There are some crucial life lessons that the protesters’ moms clearly have not passed along.

    Here, then, are five things the OWS protesters’ mothers should have taught their children but obviously didn’t, so I will:

    1. Life isn’t fair. The concept of justice – that everyone should be treated fairly – is a worthy and worthwhile moral imperative on which our nation was founded. But justice and economic equality are not the same. Or, as Mick Jagger [2] said, “You can’t always get what you want.” No matter how you try to “level the playing field,” some people have better luck, skills, talents or connections that land them in better places. Some seem to have all the advantages in life but squander them, others play the modest hand they’re dealt and make up the difference in hard work and perseverance, and some find jobs on Wall Street and eventually buy houses in the Hamptons. Is it fair? Stupid question.

    2. Nothing is “free.” Protesting with signs that seek “free” college degrees and “free” health care make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don’t operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine to tap for your meandering educational careers and “slow paths” to adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a degree nor an annual physical. While I’m pointing out this obvious fact, here are a few other things that are not free: overtime for police officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and property, condoms, Band-Aids and the food that inexplicably appears on the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum.

    3. Your word is your bond. When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don’t require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also, for the record, being a college student is not a state of

    victimization. It’s a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for – literally.

    4. A protest is not a party. On Saturday in New York, while making a mad dash from my cab to the door of my hotel to avoid you, I saw what isn’t evident in the newsreel footage of your demonstrations: Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change don’t dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don’t seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you irrelevant.

    5. There are reasons you haven’t found jobs. The truth? Your tattooed necks, gauged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn’t a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It’s not them. It’s you.

    (C 2011 Marybeth Hicks)

    Columnist Marybeth Hicks, a wife of 20 years and mother of four children, lives in the Midwest. She is the author of The Perfect World Inside My Minivan — One Mom’s Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia, a compilation of her columns. She uses her column to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families nationwide. She currently writes a column for the Washington Times. This column first appeared in and is reprinted with permission from the Washington Times. Visit her Web site, or send e-mail to

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  3. Avatar Martha Siegel says:

    Molly- When you get a chance in your packed schedule, you ought to go to the website mentioned above. It is EXTREMELY important to be aware of the “thinks” expressed therein. You take it from there, daughter of mine.

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