“My experience at Darrow grounded me socially and emotionally. As a result, when I entered college I did not feel aimless; I was focused. Living on campus at Darrow prepared me well for the transition to college.”-  Kate, class of ’16





When looking for a boarding school in the US, the best way to evaluate a school is to learn from those who have already experienced it. In this illuminating new video series, created by Darrow alumni and Trustee Christian Masters ’82 of MindMotion Films, our graduates and current students describe how Darrow empowered them to overcome challenges, explore opportunities, and thrive at college and in their careers.

Eric Brown ’08– Hands-to-Work
Eric is a licensed real estate salesperson for the brokerage firm,Compass. Specializing in luxury sales and rentals in New York City, Eric has earned a long track record of success with buyers, sellers, and renters alike.Known for his proactive, diligent, and personal approach, Eric consistently ranks among top ten agents in his office.

Eric Budge ’10 – Many Ways to Learn
Eric was a four-year boarding student and attended St. Lawrence University, where he earned a degree in mathematics. He continued his graduate studies at Georgetown University, earning a masters degree in math and statistics. He is currently a data analyst at Insight Policy Research in Washington, D.C., where he interprets and provides quantitative evidence for studies related to numerous government or non-profit agencies. At Darrow he played for five team sports (soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse), which gave him the confidence to learn how to play ice hockey after finishing his degree at Georgetown.

Sarah Hafey ’11 – Overcoming My A.D.D.
Sarah was a boarding student at Darrow and attended Furman University, in Greenville, South Carolina, to pursue a bachelors of science degree in Health Science before switching to Walden University, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is now pursuing a career in education, having worked in several elementary schools in South Carolina, and is currently living in Buffalo New York. She is also revisiting her photography roots, assisting her father, John Hafey, with a project on Olmsted Park in Buffalo.

Elizabeth Bean ’14 – Taking a Different Path
A four-year student at Darrow, Elizabeth is now attending Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. Her thesis project involves a study she began more than a year ago, studying wild jaguars on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. After graduation she plans to continue the study as the head biologist of the organization she co-founded, Corcovado Rainforest Research. In past years, she also received grants to study ceramics in Uruguay and environmental management in the Galapagos Islands.

Ross Matican ’16 – Amazing Classroom Experience
Ross attended Darrow for two years as a boarding student. Originally from northern New Jersey he is currently a rising junior at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he is majoring in philosophy. In his first year of college, he served as a freshman class representative in student government and served as contributing writer, then news editor of the campus newspaper. Ross is considering a career in policy journalism, but also has interests in tech and law.

Jocelyn ’19 – Developing Who I Am
Jocelyn is a three-year junior from Berne, New York. She holds positions as history prefect, a member of the Disciplinary Committee, the manager of the Varsity Cross Country team, and a member of the Varsity Lacrosse team. When not at Darrow, she enjoys reading, playing sports, and has a special passion for baking. After graduation, she plans to pursue a pre-med track and attend medical school.