Hanna Stern '18

Hanna Stern '18

Field Hockey (Captain)
Ski Team (Captain)
Musical Theater
Benelli Writing Center Fellow
Perfect Pals (President)
Model UN
Mock Trial

Hometown: Marshfield
Attending: Duke University

What are your plans next year?

I’m going to Duke. I plan to study global health and cultural anthropology.

How has Thayer inspired those interests?

Absolutely, through Global Scholars, especially. We studied a lot about the Declaration of Human Rights and sustainability goals. We learned about global health, which really inspired my interests because it was something that I developed a passion for very quickly and thought I could potentially go into that field. Thayer also  shaped my leadership skills and my communication skills. All of my activities including theater, mock trial and Model UN  definitely shaped how I communicate. Student directing two plays and leading a group of 150 students in those plays with Ms. Hines also developed my leadership skills. 

How did College Counseling help you during your college search?

I wrote four college essays, because I’m very indecisive. Mr. Robey, my college counselor, read and edited all of them and gave me the feedback. He was very helpful. Then I actually didn't decide I wanted to apply Early Decision to Duke until the week before the deadline. I was deciding between Duke and Northwestern. He really helped me figure out what I want, and helped me assess the different schools’ academics, social life, size, and location to help me decide.

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

Family, home, community. I think it's the best place in the world.

What will you miss most when you graduate?

I'm going to really miss my friends. I think what a lot of people don't realize is how quickly your teachers and other faculty become your friends too. I am definitely going to miss all of the people here. I have never once in my four years woken up one day and been like, "I don't want to go to school today." I always just enjoy coming here.

Who was your most challenging teacher?

Ms. Khalili in Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry. I loved both of those classes, but Ms. Khalili prides herself on being a challenging teacher to help her students perform better.

What was your favorite book you read at Thayer?

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. We read it in Global Scholars this year. It focuses on Paul Farmer and his impact on global health. It definitely inspired me to go into that field as a career. 

If you could give advice to incoming freshmen, what would you say?

Okay. I have three pieces of advice. Number one is definitely make sure that you make your years at Thayer matter and count, especially freshmen year with your activities and your involvement and your grades. Freshmen year isn't a practice year. That leads into my second piece of advice-- get involved with things that you're passionate about but also step out of your comfort zone. Thayer has been great because I've been able to try literally everything that I wanted to do and be involved in so many things that I'm passionate about. It's also allowed me to start new things and have new passions. My third piece of advice is to go see your teachers and make really close relationships with them because they're the coolest people that you will ever meet. They're always there for you and they'll give you great advice. They'll help you with whatever you need.

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

I skipped a grade. I'm actually the youngest person in my class, I’m barely older than a few sophomores.