I looked at other schools in the area because I wanted to be a day student. I was attracted by NMH’s size and its established academic tradition. I was also drawn to its mission of educating the head, the heart, and the hand. I didn’t want a place where the focus would be on academics all the time.
Before my first year here, I was able to fill my workjob requirement over the summer on the farm. We harvested lavender and dug up giant weeds and took care of the cows. Then, in the fall of my junior year, I worked in the kitchen. I’d clean up after lunch and dinner and help with preparing food. The kitchen work and the farm work were both physical labor that needed to be done, and it felt good to be providing a service that NMH needs.
A lot of times the teachers know what’s going on in your life and really support you. When I was applying to colleges, they all knew I was applying early decision to Dartmouth. They would ask how it was going, and they encouraged me and expressed confidence in me. I had a teacher who made of habit of having the whole class announce on Mondays what they’d done that weekend in terms of performances or competitions. The support is from all around—not just your fellow students, your friends—but from your resident leaders, advisors, teachers, and coaches.