Darby Melia '17

Varsity Ice Hockey, Captain
Varsity Field Hockey, Captain
Track & Field
Peer Advisor
Peer Tutor
Lead Tour Guide

Hometown: Scituate
Attending: Brown University

What were your favorite classes at Thayer?

My English classes were my favorite. I like how the classes are discussion-based. I love sitting with our desks set up in horseshoe and just having open discussions about literature.

How has Thayer shaped you?

My junior year I travelled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota with Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder, and that sparked an interest in psychology which I might pursue at Brown. When I met all of the child psychologists at the healing camp in Pine Ridge, I listened and observed their interactions with the children and with the camp counselors, and I was interested in the methods they were using. I also took a psychology class at Thayer this year that made me explore the basic principles of psychology and I found it very fascinating and wanted to keep exploring and learning.

Athletically, playing in the Independent School League allowed me to compete against the top female hockey players in New England. Coach Cibelli has an excellent rapport with college coaches and was extremely helpful during the recruiting process. A combination of these factors prepared me for my college career.

What’s your favorite memory from Thayer?

I played varsity field hockey for 4 years, but hadn’t scored once despite playing a lot and being captain my senior year. So for the last game against St. George’s, Coach Soule put me on forward. I usually played midfield, and every time someone on the team got the ball they would try to get it to me. It felt amazing when I scored and the whole team cheered and we had a group hug.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Thayer?

Acceptance. Everyone feels accepted here, no matter what you do you can find a group that does it. If you fail you have a cushion to fall back on.

What’s your favorite Thayer tradition?

Mr. Thayer. It’s fun to watch the boys’ different talents.

What's an interesting fact about you that people would be surprised to hear?

I have been lobstering with my dad ever since I was a kid. My dad recently bought a lobster boat that hauls the traps for us but I used to love pulling traps up with my dad. We just do it for fun and usually eat the lobsters or give them to friends and family. We actually just moved to Humarock and have a dock conveniently next to our mooring with our lobster boat in the South River - we also take our boat out from the Marshfield Yacht Club. We go out whenever we can and it is a great bonding time between my dad and I. We also love to fish and just ride around. We are a big boating family and when my brother is home from B.C., we usually all go on the boat together. We have been boating since my brother and I were born.