Senior Tea Returns for Seniors, Faculty, and Staff

Senior Tea, a long-standing tradition at Andover, has returned, offering Seniors, faculty, and staff the opportunity to grab a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or a quick snack. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and the remote school year, Senior Tea was held in Kemper Auditorium. Senior Tea is now held in the tent in front of George Washington Hall during conference period on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Will Situ ’22:

“I feel that Senior Tea is a great way for Seniors to relax and decompress during a stressful term. It’s also kind of a life saver for me because I usually don’t have time to go to breakfast because I’m getting little sleep. The caffeine definitely helps me stay awake throughout the day. It’s also nice to chill there with friends for a bit. It just feels nice to have this little thing reserved for seniors because it’s like a privilege.”

Josie Banson ’22:

“I never really understood what Senior Tea was as an underclassman, but now that I’ve gone a few times as a Senior, it’s super nice. We just get to eat chocolate muffins, drink coffee, and chill among our friends.”

Ethan Hong ’22

“I think it’s a fabulous way to get to interact with our peers. It’s been a while since a lot of us have gotten to really see each other because of Covid-19. So I think that having this opportunity to see everyone and connect with everyone is great, and I have a lot of fun when I’m there… the food, I think while it’s a great part of Senior tea, I think the best part of Senior Tea is spending time with your peers.”

Kayla Lang ’22:

“I like Senior Tea because it’s the chance to hang out with friends, and it’s a nice thing that only Seniors have. We just use conference time and the fact that it happens every conference is nice because we can just go and have a snack.”

Jack Wilcox ’22

“I go every Monday and Wednesday. [As a Senior,] it’s very momentous. I love getting free coffee and food, especially when I skip breakfast, and I’m a coffee drinker, so it comes in clutch for sure… I would say it’s something that’s nice to have, especially on a morning where you’re really tired and hungry, and you just want some caffeine and food. I guess yeah, in the mornings it definitely takes away stress… Everytime, all my friends come, and we all sit at the tables and hang out. It’s a good place to chat with some of your friends and catch up with them… It’s nice because we don’t have to wear masks outside, so we can see everyone’s faces. We’ve had pretty nice weather, so [having Senior Tea in the tent is] not a big deal. I don’t think it’s affected anything.”

Kylie Lough ’22

“We go to the [George Washington Hall] tent and there’s hot coffee. There’s also hot water that you can make tea and hot chocolate out of, and then you grab some snacks and go to your next class, however quick, or if you want to linger, you can too… If I want to go to a conference before or after, then I will just kind of pop in really quickly and then just grab something and go, or I’ll just meet my group of friends there and hang out at the tables and grab some stuff as well. It just depends on the day… It definitely is helpful because I get really hungry with sixth lunch, so I get really hungry in between the day, so it usually kind of holds me over for the next periods coming… it’s definitely something that I look forward to for a couple of years, especially seeing it in G.W. and having all the different spreads and [Paresky Commons] people coming and giving different treats.”