Rosie Putnam '08

Where do you live and what do you do?

I live in Boston and I work at Cambridge Associates, an investment consulting firm focused on portfolio management for endowments and foundations. 

Why do you choose to support Shore and The Shore Fund each year?

I choose to support Shore every year because I want to give back to the place that gave me such a strong foundation during those pivotal years of growing up. I want to do my part to help ensure that today’s students have everything they need to learn and succeed at Shore, so that they can leave ready to take on the world. I think every student deserves to have the same wonderful and challenging experience as I did, and giving to The Shore Fund each year provides me with the opportunity to contribute in a small way to that goal.  

What inspired you to make your first gift as a Shore graduate?

I first donated to Shore the year after I graduated as a small way of saying thank you to the place that guided and challenged me from the ages of 4 to 14. After that first donation, I decided to make it a personal goal to donate each year to The Shore Fund to help play a part in ensuring that future students have the same opportunity that I had to learn and grow in such a supportive and enriching environment. 

What schools did you attend after Shore? How did Shore prepare you for future learning and your career?

I went to St. George’s School for high school after Shore, and then attended Harvard University. Shore’s rigorous academics and emphasis on developing students as well-rounded individuals have played hugely important roles in both my academic and professional careers. Shore taught me how to work hard, how to communicate not only effectively but also eloquently, and – perhaps most importantly – how to approach problems with a thoughtful and critical perspective.   

Do you have a favorite memory as a Shore student?

One of my favorite memories as a Shore student was my sixth grade English class with Mrs. Harder. There was this one class in particular that stands out in my mind, when we were learning the various prepositions and when/how to use them properly. Mrs. Harder taught us a song listing out every frequently used preposition – and to this day, I still remember every word. Mrs. Harder had this amazing ability to transform mundane topics into fun and memorable experiences. This way of teaching – of approaching normal curriculum with a fresh and passionate perspective – was the norm at Shore, and for that I’ve always been grateful.
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    • I think every student deserves to have the same wonderful and challenging experience as I did, and giving to The Shore Fund each year provides me with the opportunity to contribute in a small way to that goal.