Today marked the end of the 47th year of Winterim at Harpeth Hall.
Over the last three weeks, freshmen and sophomores have been engaged in project-oriented experimental learning classes on campus taught by Harpeth Hall faculty and professionals from around the country. This year, students chose from 76 different classes including opportunities to explore the field of neuroscience, design robots for use in medical applications, contemplate gender roles in history and literature, discuss the Supreme Court and civil liberties, and study everything from Jane Austen to Forensic Science among other engaging topics.
To celebrate the end of Winterim, students gathered in the Frances Bond Davis Theatre for a special presentation of what they have learned in their classes. Students from Dance Makers: The Art of Choreography displayed their remarkable talent through excepts from choreographed dances. Members of Improv at 110% brought the fun with a new improv comedy party game. The students from Fast Fashion Alternative taught the audience about sustainable fashion, the Do Something About Homelessness! class encouraged their peers to volunteer in Nashville, Tao and Tai Chi presented movements for meditation, and Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation revealed the results of their "murder investigation." Finally, the program ended with a delightful performance of Disney/Pixar's "Lava" and "Old Town Road" by the U Can Ukulele class! It was apparent that students had a wide variety of classes and opportunities to explore their academic interests and foster new creative passions.
Meanwhile, across the globe, juniors and seniors have spent the last three weeks participating in academic travel, internships, and independent studies. This year, Harpeth Hall students could be found in Nashville, New York, D.C., Kenya, Ethiopia, Lithuania, London, Australia, France, Italy, and Spain. As they return home, students have been reflecting on what the Winterim experience meant to them.
"I interned at GS&F, an advertising agency, and I loved my experience. I was able to experience and understand not only agency life, but corporate America on a larger scale. I feel these three weeks gave me valuable insight into the world of business and work in general. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and all of the amazing and inspiring people and mentors I have met through it!" – Zoe '21, Nashville- Internship
"I am proud of myself for becoming part of a community here completely by myself. I definitely feel much more confident in my abilities to connect with new people and adjust to a new environment." – Jessie '20, Ethiopia- Independent Study
Winterim 2020 was an amazing and transformational experience for our students. Many thanks to Jacquie Watlington, Director of Winterim and International Exchange Program, also Winterim Internship Coordinator, Sinclair Kelly, our students, faculty, faculty chaperones, parents, and alumnae for their work and support to help make Winterim a success.