Throwbacks Aren’t Just for Thursdays

Students share snacks in Johnston B dorm.

There is generally something I experience in each of my days working at Dana Hall that makes me remember something fondly from my own time as a boarding student in Sedona, Arizona. The two places couldn’t be any more different, but the heart of the experience is so much the Continue reading Throwbacks Aren’t Just for Thursdays

Paying attention to new beginnings

Dana Hall girls in a dorm room

This year, new students from six states and ten countries will board planes, trains, and minivans to travel to their new home on the Dana Hall School campus. I can’t help but reflect on my first day as a new boarding student over 25 years ago. A sophomore from Marietta, Continue reading Paying attention to new beginnings

Boarding School Turns Colleagues into Neighbors

faculty enjoy the weekend.

People often ask me why I choose to live on campus at Dana Hall School. Certainly, the four-minute walk to my office and the fact that I rarely have to cook dinner are significant perks, but the biggest perk of all cannot be measured in the length of my commute Continue reading Boarding School Turns Colleagues into Neighbors

Growing A Dorm Community = Cookies + Conversation

Girls sitting together in dorm lobby.

What are you doing at 9:30 on a Thursday evening? Eating dinner? Streaming Netflix? Climbing into bed for the night? If you happen to be a boarder living in Grey Lodge dorm at Dana Hall School, you will be wedging yourself into a seat on one of the snug living Continue reading Growing A Dorm Community = Cookies + Conversation

Hosting Starts with Welcome

Host Family Pumpkin Image

Benvenuto,  Bienvenida, Bienvenue, Fòonying, Herzlich Willkommen, Hoan-gêng Kong-lîm, Hoo-ahn Ying, Huānyíng, Hwan-yeong, Salve, Selamat Datang, Welkom, Yindii t̂xnrạb, Yōkoso – Welcome. My first introduction to hosting an international student took place in 2005. Due to unforeseen circumstances, a family was not able to carry out their commitment to host one Continue reading Hosting Starts with Welcome