Dana Hall School - Review #1

Dana Hall School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled College of William and Mary
Home Town, State (Country) Newport, RI
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School Choir Jazz Chorus Theatre-Lead actress in Pippen Student government-Faculty/Student Board Student/administration Judicial Affairs-Student representative for academic/disciplinary hearings

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 day students alike where groups took turns serving food, cleaning up and understanding the need for community strengthening Huge international component. Also, for a boarding school, extreme commitment to diversity in race, ethnicity, nationality, and socioeconomic status
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I learned to assert myself as an academic. I learned to embrace my intellect and to not be afraid to show it; to anyone. I was so prepared for college and prepared to take on the world in a socially just minded way, no matter what the consequences. I grew a real ambitious streak there. It was fueled by the intense support and goal setting atmosphere. I would not be an attorney, working on constitutional and human rights issues; nor would I be a professor at a top tiered university had I not attended Dana. Of this I am sure.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have done nothing differently. My advice would be to be prepared to have your whole world shaken up in the most positive, relevant way possible.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Tough question. My answer would be under inclusive, but I would say that Dana helped and encouraged me to grow into me.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Snack place: Baileys-Lime Rickeys (it's an old fashioned ice cream/soda shop). Dorm: Lathrop-but you have to be upper to get it.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved that I was challenged in ways I had not imagined before. The greatness of an all girls school is that the competition is based on academics, sports, arts, etc. and NOT on the more mundane, typical, and distracting teen competition for social status, looks, money, etc. I had the greatest (hardest too) literature professor of my academic career, John Cameron (I am JD, PhD). He opened my mind to a new world and to the joy of archetypes and taught me to really become one with the "language' I was reading. The smallness of my classes made it thrilling. Class was more discussion and analytically based than is possible for larger classes. I do not believe I had a class with more than 12-15 other students.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
While I did not participate in athletics, many of my friends did. For such a small school, there was so much offered. Aside from traditional sports, e.g., softball, lacrosse, tennis, soccer; the school offers an incredible equestrian program, fencing, and has the most wonderful aquatic center.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The music and theatre departments are unparalleled in my opinion. Both are woven into the every day life of school as well-all traditions in the school are based in both. We would sing and act constantly-all of us. We created our own class songs and each year, each class was able to create and direct its own play to express the uniqueness of its class.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The array of extracurriculars was daunting-in a great way. So much to do, it was hard to choose. I cannot recall all that I participated in, all I know is I was busy from sun up to sun down (and beyond) and it was thrilling. I remember applying to colleges and that my list of extracurriculars and participation in student government weighed heavily in my multiple acceptances.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
It was like having a whole new family. I felt safe, appreciated, loved. It was home almost immediately.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining was great. Not that I was a foodie then, but there were so many selections and even way back in my day, it was healthy and respectful of different dietary needs and preferences. In particular, Sunday brunches were delicious.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Dana is integrated into the town of Wellesley. However Wellesley has a life of its own as well (way too many shops!). What I loved most about it was to be able to walk 3 blocks to get to the "real world" and that I could bus it to the T and be in Boston in 15 minutes.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Dances with other schools were a lot of fun. But really the best part was the connection between all the girls, regardless of their day/boarding or other differences.

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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