A Day in the Life

It is easy to think about how life at a boarding school can provide a student with ample educational opportunities around the clock.  But is the day student experience ever compromised in this regard?  We asked sophomore twins, Dylan and Delaney Nightingale, about how they take advantage of living both at home and in our community. They shared their thoughts on White Mountain, their favorite classes and what an average day is like for a day student after classes end.


As a day student, my schedule differs very little from my friends who board.  Depending on the day, I either leave campus right after finishing all of my academic and extracurricular commitments, or I stay until study hall ends. I often stay after school and sports to have dinner. I always feel welcome and am usually busy with friends after school and on the weekends, playing basketball and working out.

I’ve really enjoyed biology this year. My teacher, Nathaniel Goss, is creative and very knowledgeable.  We are often given the opportunity to follow our passions and pursue our curiosity in class.  An example of doing so was when Nathaniel gave us a couple of weeks in class to study any topic of our choosing in biology. We shared our findings with our classmates at the end of the project and were graded using a rubric that we, as a class, created. I appreciated that we were encouraged to run every idea past Nathaniel so that he could give us additional and more effective forms of research.


I’ve also found that I do a lot of same things as my boarding friends. The only difference is that I live at home. I eat a lot of my meals at school and come to the campus on the weekends to hang out with friends or go on a weekend trip with students and faculty. As for homework, I tend to do most of it at home, but I love that I have a choice. If it’s a late day for me, I’ll usually do my work on campus during study hall.

I really enjoyed taking Ceramics this past fall with Rachel Van Wylen. We had a lot of freedom to try out different things and be creative. I really liked that Rachel was always willing to help out, give feedback and demonstrate how to do things like wedge and pug clay. Rachel willingly showed me about five or six times how to throw on the wheel before I could figure out how to do it by myself.

Have more questions about White Mountain? Check out our Admission page here or email the team at admission@whitemountain.org

Leave a Reply