My favorite Dana Hall tradition is Senior Sophomore because it truly unites the upper classwomen with the lower classwomen. Having an older role model that has gone through many of the same things you are just starting to experience is so helpful. My senior pushed me to try out for Model UN, something I never thought I would do, and I am now one of the tri-heads of the club for next year.
African Studies Research Project
My favorite Dana Hall assignment was our final research paper for my African Studies class last year. We got to choose any topic relating to Africa's history. I chose to study the Lost Boys, a group of boys in Sudan who were forced out of their homes after their villages were attacked. I chose this topic because my family had one of the Lost Boys live with us when he had the opportunity to come to the US for school. I wanted to know more about his experience, and this research project gave me the opportunity to do just that. Dana Hall gives all its students the amazing experience of connecting the real world to their studies.
My favorite class has been African Studies, which is a class I took my sophomore year to fulfill my Area Studies credit. I took this course after traveling to South Africa with Dana Hall, and left the incredible trip feeling like I had to much to learn and explore about the continent. I took the course and learned about everything from the HIV-AIDS epidemic, to the Rwandan Genocide, to the beautiful art work of the Akan people of Ghana. This course inspired me to travel to Africa again. For the past two years I have gone on service trips to Ghana's Cape Coast to volunteer in a medical clinic and teach art. Without this course I would not have found my love for travel, public heath, early education, art and more!