Upper School News

Justin's Experience: Using Intersession to Add to your Toolbox
Portrait of two upper school students, Justin and Callista

“No matter what grade you are in, you are looking forward to Intersession!” said Justin S., a senior enjoying his fourth year of Intersession. “In general, at Nueva, we are engaged, happy, and interested students and that carries through to Intersession. All of my Intersession classmates have been excited to participate.”

Before choosing his sessions this year, Justin reflected on his past experiences during Intersession, “I found that my favorite activities and seminars were those that either had practical applications to my life or exposed me to totally new fields. The more unique a class, the more interesting I found it. I think that all of the classes I chose this year fall into one of those two categories.”

This year, Justin attempted to create an Intersession schedule that spoke to his desire to communicate effectively, in writing and in many other forms of self-expression. He explained, “There are a lot of ways my Intersession courses work together, but I thought the most interesting way was how my two writing classes from the first week, "Modern Science Communication" and "Nonfiction Writing: The Art of Crafting True Stories," fed into each other. Both of them were focused on journalism and sharing information with specific audiences in a clear and engaging way — the two approaches provided tools for each other that I know I will put to use.”

Justin added, “Over the last four years, I have never been to an Intersession activity I didn’t like.”

For more images from and reflections on Justin’s experience, please explore the following slideshow:


Justin's Intersession Experience


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