While I loved nearly all of my teachers at St. Bernard's, Denis Caslon stands out for accomplishing the impossible task of making Latin fun. Who can forget his "executive red" folders handed out to those who did well in class tests? Or his use of South African Krugerrands for coin tosses to select which team would tackle a particularly difficult translation? He made learning a pleasure, never a chore.
I am hardly well placed to give any advice to St. Bernard's boys. But here are a few observations. Treasure the friendships you make during these precious years as they may well be among the most long-lasting ones. My best friend in first grade, Greg Daniels, was subsequently my inseparable friend during Exeter and my room-mate at Harvard for three years. Thousands of miles lie between Los Angeles and London, where he and I live. His career and mine, in entertainment and in law/politics couldn't be more different. But when we see each other the last 50 years just melt away and we laugh like St. Bernard's boys. I couldn't be prouder of his amazing accomplishments and of the family he has built.
The only other observation I have to offer is: be true to yourself, try to hold fast to your values, and try to be passionate about something. Like many others, I have been in long and difficult periods of my career when I was simply feeling trapped and unengaged. No career offers perfect satisfaction, but it sure helps to survive intense and long hours if you actually feel you are in the right place doing what you believe in.