Dana Hall School - Review #3

Dana Hall School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled West Virginia University
Home Town, State (Country) Boulder, CO
Years Attended Boarding School 1
Activities During Boarding School I was President of the Junior Class, participated in varsity tennis, gymnastics and participated in an overseas student exchange program.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Dana Hall is for girls only. The class size is small and the students come from all over the world.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I grew up quickly when I attended Dana Hall School. I spent my teenage years away from my parents and went to a school that was very far from my home. The academics were both challenging and rewarding. When I graduated, I felt like I could achieve any goal and survive any experience. I could not lean on my parents and had to stand on my own two feet. Tough experience getting through the teenage years on my own but worth it.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I didn't understand that I was different from other girls at Dana Hall until I arrived. I am from the south so I had an accent which was not immediately well-received. There was an inferior perception of people from the south that I had to overcome. I also had to navigate the normal teenage issues and separation anxiety that boarding school students encounter. I hope Dana has supportive staff available to better anticipate these needs and help promote diversity and support among students for each other regardless of country or state of origin, religion, income and sexual orientation....My advice for students is to become a force for change in acceptance for those who are different from you and become a more loving and supportive member of society.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The academics was second to none.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Think about what interests you in academics and aside from academics. Use this fabulous opportunity at Dana to explore possibilities to further these interests in a thriving career. If you do what you love to do in a work environment, you are more likely not only be successful but also make a positive impact on others.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I received college-level academics at Dana Hall without a doubt. I remember the first day I attended my French class. The moment I walked in, only French was spoken. I also recall reading A Tale of Two Cities entirely in French! I later participated in an overseas exchange program in Paris where my conversational French was perfected. I even dreamed in French when I was there. I also remember taking a Biology and Chemistry Class with an instructor who had won a Nobel prize...Miss Malcolm. She was unbelievable. Years later, one of my sons attended one of the top public high schools in the country, Fairview High School. His favorite teacher was Ms. Lynn Gibert who is a Latin teacher. Through interaction with her, I found out she was an instructor also at Dana prior to her tenure at Fairview High School.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Loved my experience on the tennis team.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I have a natural talent in fine arts. I found the school to be more academically oriented and focused during my Dana years. I wish more emphasis would have been placed on my artistic development at the time. At this juncture in my life, i fully believe in following one's heart and God-given talents when pursuing your work. This is not to negate the importance of academics. I just believe in the importance of the arts in the world today. It is through the arts that our story is told and preserved for generations to come.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved being the President of the Junior Class. Participating in leadership activities enables empathy, and forces one to view the world through the eyes of others not just oneself. This experience also developed public speaking skills and the ability to speak out on issues both popular and not-so-popular,

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I really enjoyed meeting girls from other countries. I had roommates from Manhattan, Colombia, SA, and Henderson, SC. What a great experience. I am still in contact with my roommate and friend from South America!

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Don't remember much about the dining except I remember ordering pizza and going to Friendly's Ice Cream on a regular basis.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town is adorable and beautiful.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the diversity the most about my social life. I had friends from all over the world. Diversity is extremely important. I would like to see opportunities for girls from families that can not afford tuition at Dana.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Dana Hall School Alumni #1
    Class of 1986
    5 Stars   6/13/2017
    College of William and Mary
    Emphasis on self determination. Empowered women in a time with little empowerment. Holistic yet traditional approach to education-all subjects given equal importance and delivered with equal rigor. Tuesday night family style dinners for boarders and. . .
  • Dana Hall School Alumni #2
    Class of 1980
    5 Stars   8/22/2017
    University of Illinois
    Traditions dating back to the 1800"s enrich the students live. Girls from all over the world attend, which makes a culturally rich environment for all. . .
  • Dana Hall School Alumni #3
    Class of 1980
    5 Stars   6/12/2017
    West Virginia University
    Dana Hall is for girls only. The class size is small and the students come from all over the world. . .
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