Linc Berkley ’17
What do you like most about CA?
For me, love of learning, not only as an ideal but also as an essential part of daily life on campus, is extremely important. It means that CA students aren’t motivated merely to do well in their classes but also to explore the ideas that they’re exposed to and follow whatever interests they might have. I’ll often walk into lunch and hear my friends continuing their discussion from the preceding literature class, or walk into the library and see a student reading a book that a teacher had recommended. This extra motivation from all the students in the room makes class discussions much more engaging.
Love of learning also extends to the helpfulness and accessibility of teachers. Whenever I encounter a topic in class that I’d like to learn more about, I can find a time to talk with the teacher, and that discussion often leads me to a fascinating topic that I had never heard of before. That kind of opportunity to expand upon what I’ve learned has led me to many of my current interests.
What keeps you busy on campus?
I’m a cohead of the school engineering club, DEMONs (Dreamers, Engineers, Mechanics, and Overt Nerds). We build things to help the school community, often at the request of faculty or students, while helping any students who are interested get involved with mechanical, electrical, and software engineering. In addition, I run on the cross-country and track and field teams. I’m a cohead of the Concord Academy Outdoor Society, which leads weekend trips, and a cohead of the Mock Trial Club.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I read a lot of books, especially nonfiction. I’ve recently been particularly interested by John McPhee’s books and essays, which provide an incredibly well-told, detailed, and personal perspective on a wide variety of topics. Through them, I’ve learned a little bit more about everything from the culture of the Alaskan bush to the logistics of shipping live lobsters around the world.