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Your Favorite Tufts Moment 2008

With the school year winding down, students take the time to share images of the moments that, for them, represent the Tufts experience.


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Your Favorite Tufts Moment

Maura Allard (V'11)

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"This was a Clinical Skills trip to Hawke's Dairy Farm. It embodies the Tufts vet school experience because we all had to get up super early, crawl into our coveralls in the freezing cold and then had a wonderful opportunity to learn about the workings of a dairy farm and actually put our academics into work by pulling out our hardly-used stethoscopes and checking out newborn calves. It exemplifies our dedication and passion for the field of veterinary medicine and the bonds that we've all formed through our ups and downs as first year students."


Your Favorite Tufts Moment

Lauren Basile (A'08)

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"This picture embodies the Tufts experience for me. Before coming to Tufts, I had never considered running a marathon. I received so much support from Coach Don Megerle, the PMC team, and my wonderful friends and family. It was an amazing experience and I'm grateful for the opportunity, and for my friends running me into the finish! I have made fantastic friends and accomplished so much during my four years at Tufts!" (From left to right: Gopi Desai, Lauren Basile, Ashley Goldthwait)


Your Favorite Tufts Moment

Dustin J. Burnett (N'08)

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"This photo embodies the personalized environment that the Friedman School administration promotes with its students. I will never forget it!"


Your Favorite Tufts Moment

Ethan Danahy (E'00, G'02, G'07)

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"This is my secret: I was the one inside that Jumbo costume. And although it was only for a single day, it really demonstrated for me what it meant to be part of this school, to be involved with the local community, and to be filled with school spirit. Or surrounded by school spirit, I should say, as I spent an entire afternoon representing our beloved pachyderm. During my tenure here at Tufts I've participated in a wide range of activities, seeing the university from a variety of angles. But to observe it from within the Jumbo costume was a unique opportunity I couldn't pass up, and in the end represented one of my favorite moments here at Tufts University.

Each year the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), the largest student-run organization on campus, coordinates "Kids' Day," providing local elementary students a full day of entertainment, fun, and education here on the hill. Bringing together a wide variety of campus groups, from Greek societies to science clubs to student societies, the LCS volunteers assemble a series of learning tables and educational activities for these children in a classic display of Tufts' commitment to community service. And viewing this all from Jumbo's vantage point, I was able to witness the kids' undeniable excitement, enthusiasm, and enjoyment derived being on our campus, all of which served to reignite my own educational drive and overall pride of being a member of Tufts University."


Your Favorite Tufts Moment

Laur Fisher (A'08)

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"The video and photo are from campus guerrilla-miming that members of HYPE! mime troupe performed a few days before our semester show. Me and my mime-friend Rachel, of course in white face and blacks, were kidnapped at campus center and Olin. HYPE! is the only collegiate mime troupe in the Northeast and has been one of most bizarre and rewarding experiences I've had at Tufts. It was a thrill beginning our guerrilla-miming skit out in front of Olin; three tour groups walked by while we were waiting to be kidnapped, and they smiled at us bug-eyed. Afterwards, Rach and I looked at each and said, every student on that tour is DEFINITELY coming to Tufts!"

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Your Favorite Tufts Moment

Tim Fitzsimons (A'10)

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"For me, my decision to come to Tufts was not solely due to the academic appeal. I knew that by coming to Tufts, I would have the chance to pursue my interests in real time. Last summer, when we woke early during our [EXPOSURE] journalism workshop in Kashmir to go to the floating vegetable markets on Lake Dal, I experienced one of the most beautiful moments of my life, both physically and mentally. I was on a mist-shrouded lake, high in the Himalayas, floating back to begin planning my day of interviews and photographs for my story. It was a perfect moment." (Pictured: Samuel James (A'09) and Valerie Schenkmann (A'09))


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Angelina Garneva (A'11)

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"This photo was taken right before my friends and I headed out to an 80s themed party. The moment we all saw each other and realized how crazy [we were], the energy level sky-rocketed. This was during the beginning of the year when we were still in the incredibly awkward 'getting to know each other' phase of the freshman year. The night stands out in my mind as one of the best nights of the year and is quite emblematic of the amazing friendships I have made here."


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Robert Havdala (A'10)

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Tuftonia's Day fireworks, April 30, 2007.


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Christina Kalenderian (A'08)

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"This photo was taken on a grassy field in Salisbury, England. I was there with the Tufts-in-London group on a day trip, and once we'd arrived we couldn't resist plopping down on this very collegiate-looking patch of grass. I made some of my best friends on the TiL program, as we experienced day-to-day life in London and trekked across the UK together. Now that we're back at Tufts, having shared that time in Great Britain has created a powerful bond; we whine about the scarcity of proper scones in the U.S., watch British television on DVD, and worship Tisch Library for being open later than 5 p.m. This photo represents what I see as the two pillars of the Tufts study abroad experience: expanding your worldview while still maintaining a close connection to Tufts."


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Andrea S. Kanner, Student, School of Dental Medicine

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"This picture was taken at the D'Iberville Clinic in Mississippi, just outside of Biloxi. A group of Tufts post-baccalaureate students organized a trip to work in a clinic and help an area that was torn apart by Hurricane Katrina. While not a 'traditional' Tufts student at the time, Tufts did a great job fostering a sense of community, even amongst us non-traditional students. During the program, I met a ton of great people, all focused on careers in the healthcare industry, and through this trip, I solidified those bonds."


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Yuri Lawrence (V'10)

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"This moment embodies the Tufts experience because it allowed me to provide veterinary care to an underserved U.S population in Blachy, Oregon, under a NIH Summer Research Grant. Tufts University is about giving back and making a significant contribution to the world we live in."


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Nick Levin (A'11)

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"Tufts is a unique place and provides unique experiences such as this when I summited Mt. Lafayette in New Hampshire with the Tufts Mountain Club. There was three feet of fresh snow and 4,000 feet to climb. It was awesome."


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Steven McFarland (A'08)

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"Mom and Dad have faithfully made the trek out from California to see the changing leaves and Traveling Treasure Trunk performances all four years, making this last round of the usual habits a little bittersweet. Still the traditional all-family dinner with our beloved little group - Rosie, Chelsea, Ezra, Lauren - but at a new restaurant. Still the rental car, but now they pick me up at my house off campus, not at Tilton. And this year in the bookstore, the big Tufts banners were for us! Like I told them to say just as snapped this photo, 'Only one tuition payment left...!'"


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Marion Min (N'09)

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"If you haven't had the pleasure of witnessing 'the Crazies' yet, you are missing out on a true embodiment of Tufts loyalty and spirit. Comprised of athletes, students and alumni, these Crazies strip down, paint up and make a lot of noise in really really cold weather to support the men's and women's cross country teams. Other schools are jealous and have attempted to replicate in vain."


Your Favorite Tufts Moment

Bryna O'Sullivan (A'08)

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"It may have been 10 p.m. and in the midst of New England snow storm, but there were still students out sledding on the Hill. Welcome to one of the few places on the planet where childhood curiosity and adulthood easily mesh."


Your Favorite Tufts Moment

David Paul, School of Dental Medicine

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From the Nicaragua Community Service Learning Experience, 2006-2008, Tufts Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine


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Justin Pick (A'11)

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"This is a photo of my friends and me during our first semester freshman year. We all agreed to hold an early Christmas celebration in the 210's hallway of Lewis Hall to ease the stress of final exams and have fun. We woke up that sunny Tuesday morning of the reading period and exchanged gifts as part of the 'secret Santa' we set up previously. This moment embodies the Tufts experience for me because it shows that no matter how stressful or exhausting life can be, I always have my friends help me out and cheer me up."


Your Favorite Tufts Moment

Laura Sherman (A'08)

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"This photo was taken during the first few weeks of classes my freshman year and is a group of girls that I lived in Houston Hall with. It embodies the Tufts experience because were are a diverse group of students, both ethnically and as far as interests go but we were all brought together in Houston freshman year and spent some wonderful afternoons doing work and getting to know one another while relaxing in the beautiful weather on the quad. We all used to joke that this picture looked so perfectly 'college' and that it belonged in an admissions brochure. It will always serve as a wonderful memory of doing work and being with friends on the quad -- something quintessentially college.


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Tufts Men's Soccer: 30-yard freekick goal vs. Plymouth State by Senior midfielder #7 Kevin Anglin
Submitted by Kevin R. Anglin (A'08)

"This moment embodies my time here at Tufts. I have played soccer my entire life. When I got to Tufts I was cut from the JV team my freshman year. My sophomore year I made the JV team and started to impress the varsity coach. My junior year I made varsity and got a little playing time but never really broke into the starting team. I trained endlessly in the offseason before my senior year and finally broke into the starting team. When I scored this beautiful goal against Plymouth State, I was mobbed by my teammates, as you can see in the video. I had finally tasted the success that I had yearned for, for 4 years. At the end of the year I was named the team's most improved player, and Coach [Ralph] Ferrigno labeled me as one of the greatest players he's had the opportunity to coach in his 20 years here."


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TAST Lantern Painting
Submitted by Samuel Lee (A'09)

"The TAST Lantern Painting Night is an annual cultural event hosted by the Taiwanese Association of Students at Tufts during which Tufts students are invited for an evening of lantern painting. This year, our event was exceptionally special in that over fifty people were in attendance and all of the money raised at the event, over $100, was donated to the large international Taiwan-based organization, the Tzu Chi Foundation. This event exemplifies the the diverse experiences that are brought onto campus, offering students a window into a myriad of different cultures -- in this case a popular Taiwanese pastime of decorating lanterns."


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Astron Song
Submitted by Chris Severino (E'08)

"My friends and I recorded this song sophomore year for an Astronomy 22 class project. It represents my Tufts experience because it mixes course work with having fun with my friends that I've had since freshman year. We call this the Astron Song. The song involves myself, Ryan Stotland, Kyle Thompson-Westra, Arlen Spiro, Michelle Simon, Rebecca Busch, and Jordan Thomas."

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This story originally ran on May 5, 2008.