On March 2, Upper School and Middle School students participated in Ship Day 2022, a day outside of the regular class schedule dedicated to exploring health and wellness issues. This year’s theme was “Recovery through Creativity: Progress, Not Perfection.” The program was jointly planned by Assistant Director of Health and Wellness Margie Bailey and Peer Ed Co-Heads G. Funes ’22 and E. Moss ’22 along with Peer Educators L. Dorsey ’23, J. London ’22 and S. Lopez-Alvarez ’23 and the Health and Wellness Committee.
"Genesis and I really loved being a major part of the planning process because we had the opportunity to make it our own," Moss said. "In past years, Ship Day was mostly filled with discussions and lecture-based workshops. This year, we wanted to make it as interactive as possible — not only to keep people motivated throughout the day, but because we had the chance to be in person for this event, so we really wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to make it feel 'normal.'"
The day opened with a performance from the Dynamics, Boston College’s coed a cappella group. Keynote speaker Tania DeBarros ’07 shared her mental health journey, which began at Dana Hall and continued through college and early adulthood, and how creativity — specifically her songwriting and singing — has helped her on her path to healing.
“Being perfect is unattainable and impossible, but progress is in everything we do,” she said. “Choosing to rest, trying again, trying something different — all are ways we can progress.”
At breakout sessions throughout the day, students explored ways that creative outlets help to manage stress, overcome challenges and express themselves. Activities included jewelry crafts, electronic music, blanket making, vision boards, poetry, baking, horse therapy, yoga, and more. Many Upper and Middle School students led these activities with help from adults and young alums Isabella Daou ’14, Nina Langan ’16 and Sofia Vegas ’15.