Blue Key, the student club that provides campus tours for prospective students and their families, offers a look into life at Dana Hall through the eyes of a current student. It allows students to share their experiences and love for Dana with families outside of our community who may be interested in attending Dana Hall. The Blue Key Heads want you to know a little more about their life at Dana Hall.
Hometown: Dover, Mass. Sports/activities: Field Hockey, Squash, Tennis, Mirage (Literary Magazine), STAR club (Advancement Office), and Blue Key Courses next year: AP U.S. History, AP Language and Composition, Latin 4/5, Molecular Bio, and Pre-Calculus Favorite class: Middle Eastern Studies because my teacher, Mrs. Siemon, has taught us to open our minds, to take on a global perspective/initiative, and to help us understand current events in the world and the history behind why they are happening. Favorite Dana tradition: Senior-Sophomore Special person at Dana: I would say my advisor, Mrs. Connelly, has been a special person for me at Dana this year because she genuinely cares about the girls in her advisory, she takes time out of her busy schedule to check in with us, and she always arrives on the mornings that we have advisory with a bright and smiling face! Best Dana moment: Everyday! But, in particular, I was very excited when I found out that I was accepted into the Australian exchange program for a summer abroad. Best part about an all-girls environment: The all-girls environment is socially care-free. You get involved with your community and get to know your classmates better. Why did you choose Dana: Dana interested me because it is a community of strong-minded and well-educated people who enjoy their time together and make the most of their school experience. I chose Dana because there is always something happening on campus. The school is a buzzing and lively little world within the heart of Wellesley Center, and I couldn't imagine a greater place to learn.
Hometown: Wilmington, Mass. Sports/activities: Hallmanac, Blue Key, Chamber Singers and Dance. Courses next year: Upper Level Physics, Pre-calculus with Apps, AP Language and Comp, AP US History, and Latin 3. Favorite class: My favorite class this year was African Studies because it opened my eyes to all the different cultures and experience, but also the similarities between us and girls from the other side of the world at OWLAG (Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls). Favorite Dana tradition: Harbor Cruise Favorite Dana moment: When I was accepted to Dana Hall, my mom and I were so happy we cried. Best part about an all-girls environment: The best part of an all-girls environment is how we are taught to empower ourselves and other girls. We are taught to stand up for ourselves and not be afraid to speak out in class or real-world situations. Why did you choose Dana: The moment I walked on campus it felt like home; I knew it was the place for me.
Hometown: Shanghai, China Sports/activities: Varsity Cross Country, Basketball, Piano, Drums. Courses next year: AP English and Literature, AP US History, AP Studio Art, AB Calculus, Molecular Biology, Spanish III Favorite class: Art class, because the art studio is is where I can be creative and express myself. Favorite Dana tradition: Senior Sophomore. During Senior Sophomore, we get to know upperclassmen and get to develop a great relationship with the seniors. Special person at Dana: My advisors, because they help me whenever I need it, and they are always there for me. Best Dana moment: Senior Sophomore Best part about an all-girls environment: It is a very comfortable and studious environment. Why did you choose Dana: For the environment, the great education and the leadership opportunities.
Hometown: Waltham, Mass.
Sports/activities: Model UN, Girl Up and Blue Key
Courses next year: AP Spanish 4, AP European History, Found Voices, AP Statistics, Political Science, and Making History
Favorite class: AP United States History because I am passionate and curious about American politics. We were even able to look through some of the archived resources at Dana and see what students had to say during events such as World War II and the Civil Rights movement.
Favorite Dana tradition: Midwinter
Special person at Dana: My advisor, Mrs. Secor, is always there for a hug, some words of encouragement, and any and all guidance I could ever need. She never fails to make my advisory group’s Tuesday and Friday mornings special. I don’t know where I would be without having her help me during my time at Dana!
Best Dana moment: Getting to travel to South Africa with other Dana students for Spring Break. It was life changing!
Best part about an all-girls environment: At an all-girls school, your classmates become your sisters. Everyone is determined to succeed and help each other reach their full potential, lifting one another up as a whole and never leaving a friend, classmate, or teammate behind.
Why did you choose Dana: After stepping on campus for my tour, I immediately fell in love with this school! Everyone I met was willing to talk to me and the connections I made that first day are still some of the best friendships I have had here. When you go to Dana, you become part of a close-knit community that supports you even after you graduate. I couldn’t want anything else!
Hometown: Natick, Mass. Sports/activities: Dance, Blue Key Courses for next year: AB Calculus AP, AP English Literature, American Identities, Biology, French V Honors Favorite assignment: One of my favorite projects was my final project for AP French IV where I got to make an instructional video for something I was passionate about: dance. I made a video about ballet and how to do different ballet movements! Favorite Dana tradition: Midwinter and Senior-Sophomore Special person at Dana: Devon, the Director of Dance, is such a dedicated and passionate teacher, and you can tell she genuinely cares about her dancer's progress. Because of her experience and insight, she is continually an inspiration to me, and she has changed the way that I view dance. Devon is one of the adults in the Dana Hall community whom I have worked with for every year since 6th grade, so she has really been there for me every step of the way, and she has helped me to develop and mature as a dancer and person. Best Dana Moment: While I have had so many amazing moments in my time at Dana Hall, one of the best moments would have to be my junior class retreat where we went whitewater rafting. This was such a memorable experience for me because I was able to really bond with the girls in my grade, and it pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me realize how much I have grown in my time at Dana. Best part about an all-girls environment: The emphasis on female leadership and confidence. I was always a rather shy person, but thanks to an all-girls education, I feel more comfortable taking on leadership roles, participating in class, and voicing my opinions. Being in an all-girls environment has given me much confidence, and I would now describe myself as a confident and self-assured leader! Why did you chose Dana: I was completely captivated by the warm and supportive community. When touring Dana Hall, everyone I saw seemed to be smiling and extremely content with what they were doing whether it be working on a project, eating lunch, or talking with a teacher, and this kind of warm and vibrant community is something that I wanted to be a part of. I also chose Dana was because of all of the interesting opportunities in and out of the classroom, and the emphasis the School placed on each individual girl. At Dana Hall, you are not just a number-you are an individual person who will be valued.
The best way to find out what makes Dana Hall so special is to visit our beautiful campus and see for yourself! These images share a sneak preview of what you can expect to see on your tour.
"In my Literature Composition I class we did a poetry unit before winter break. Our poetry project was in collaboration with a school in Turkey. We created our own websites to display our works of poetry. The last day of school before winter break we were able to Skype with the kids from the school in Turkey, and it was so much fun to interact with students who were so far away. We were able to learn what their school was like, and how their classes worked."