The Dana Hall course that inspired me the most would have to be African Studies with Mrs. Panahi. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to South Africa with Dana in 9th grade, a trip that drove me to continue my education of the continent by taking African Studies the following year. Mrs. Panahi not only cultivated a fun and exciting atmosphere in class, but also challenged us to view the world outside of a Western lens, and appreciate the beauty and utility of a diversity of African cultures. My experience in this class led me to join the Model UN team, also under Mrs. Panahi's incredible leadership, where I discovered passions for human rights, diplomacy and international travel. Through African Studies and Mrs. Panahi's invaluable mentorship, I have been inspired to be a lifelong student, leader and conscious citizen of an interconnected world. I chose international relations as my major in college and aspire to combat the same global issues addressed in African Studies with a career as a social entrepreneur. I can't imagine where I would be today without this life-changing course and teacher.
SPREAD is what I remember most when I think back on my love for Dana Hall traditions. The bond that you have with your Silver Sisters is what makes Dana truly more connected and supportive as an all-girls school with a rich history. Both mid-winter experiences for me were some of the happiest times of my life. You can’t find that kind of experience anywhere else. It’s Dana Hall’s signature tradition, and it ties all Dana girls together forever.
Golf is my favorite way to spend a sunny day. I learned when I was a 9th grader at Dana, and I played for the team in 10th, 11th and 12th grades, captaining in my senior year. Participating in the golf team at Dana was the foundation for my love of the game today.