Jacob Grzesik '16

“If you actively want to learn outside of your curriculum at NA, the teachers are always open and ready to help you further your interest in whatever subject field you want."
Rice University

Norfolk Academy Orchestra (Concertmaster, first violinist), Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra, Robotics Team, Pianist

Reflections on Learning
I've been a member of the robotics team my entire time in the Upper School, and it has not only helped me further develop myself as a problem-solver, it has also given me an indispensable group of friends who share an interest in math, science, and engineering.

Inspirational Teacher Coach
Mr. Duquette (math) and Dr. Manion (physics) had the biggest influence on me. They reflect one of the things I really like about NA's class structure: flexibility. If you actively want to learn outside of your curriculum at NA, the teachers are always open and ready to help you further your interest in whatever subject field you want. This is exactly what I did with my math curriculum through Mr. Duquette, who introduced me to math that focuses more on a method of thinking and problem-solving rather than the systematic, step-by-step mechanical process I was exposed to previously.

Looking Back
I really remember how easily I was able to become a part of the class when I joined in sixth grade. I usually have a hard time talking to others because I'm a shy introvert, but I still feel welcome among my peers. Regardless of whether you're outgoing or not, the NA community will welcome you as you are.

Looking Ahead
I've already found a robotics team that I'm interested in joining at my college. I also plan to take full advantage of their Engineering Kitchen to work on various personal and outreach projects. I hope to also contribute to the music community by playing either violin or piano.

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is … my love for learning and motivation to use what I learn to help those around me.
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