A Darlington student is made up of many things. None of which is average. We help our students develop their interests, passions and pursuits, because we believe every individual has something to contribute. We also believe that only when you're 100% you, are you 100% Darlington.
Here at Darlington, every student’s path is different. We think that's a good thing.
Let’s get to know Braden Bell, a six-year day student from Rome who plays three sports and serves as head day prefect in Neville House.
When you think of Darlington, what three words come to mind first?
Wisdom, service, honor
What's your favorite restaurant in Rome?
What house are you a member of?
What are you involved in at Darlington?
Basketball, football, golf, and head prefect of Neville House
If you play sports, who is your favorite coach and why?
My favorite coach is Coach Atha. He has always been encouraging to me regardless of the sport I play. Every season, he wishes me luck and checks on me whether I'm playing football, basketball or golf. He was also there for me with kind words during my few months of rehab after having surgery back during my sophomore year. His encouragement has meant a lot to me over the course of my high school career.
What's your favorite place on campus and why?
The Growl because it is a great place to hang out with friends.
Who's your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Hudson is my favorite teacher. My first time meeting Mr. Hudson was in junior year biology, which was not something I enjoyed very much. Mr. Hudson found a way to make it fun most of the time, and I was able to be in his advisory my senior year. He's helped me a lot this past year with college and essays, as well as finding a way to make senior advisory fun and always making us laugh.
What’s your favorite thing about Darlington?
My favorite thing about Darlington is how diverse of a school it is.
Describe an experience that you've had at Darlington that you couldn't have had anywhere else.
Being a dorm leader and head prefect this past year is something I am very grateful for because it is not something I would've been able to experience at the other schools I attended. Having the opportunity to interact and get to know people from various different countries and backgrounds has helped me grow as a person and learn more about different cultures.
What are some of the ways you've grown since you first came to Darlington?
I've learned to take initiative in ways with being a dorm leader and with how I interact and meet new people. I've also learned how to manage my time wisely because of how much freedom we have at Darlington. No one keeps up with what you do during Office Hours or free periods, so I have had to figure out the best ways to spend that time to get work done.
What is your dream job?
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