A Valentine for Sarah Dix Hamlin

2/14/2014 (From Wanda Holland Greene)

During each year’s admission season, I interview the best tour guides in the world—the members of the 8th grade.  If you are wondering what they “know for sure” as they begin to contemplate their graduation from Hamlin, please take some time to read their answers to the question, “What Does It Mean to Be A Hamlin Girl?”  This is our special valentine for our founder, the great Sarah Dix Hamlin.

• Being a Hamlin girl means that you are a strong, smart person who knows how to stand up for herself and others

• Being a Hamlin girl means that you don’t put other people down to make yourself feel better

• Being a Hamlin girl means that you can step out of your comfort zone, and when you do, you have the amazing support of friends and adults to help you

• Being a Hamlin girl means that you have your own beliefs and opinions; you don’t just believe what other people say; you ask questions

• Being a Hamlin girl means contributing positively to your community

• Being a Hamlin girl means being unique in your own special way

• Being a Hamlin girl means being a leader and not just following someone else’s directions

• Being a Hamlin girl means being comfortable with who you and not being worried about what other people think of you

• Being a Hamlin girl means not being afraid to stick up for what you believe in, no matter what it is

• Being a Hamlin girl means making everyone feel welcome, no matter who she is

• Being a Hamlin girl means being excited about the work in front of you, excited about the possibilities ahead of you, being passionate; caring about something deeply; being a Hamlin girl means that you have dreams

• Being a Hamlin girl means not being afraid of challenges and embracing the opportunity to grow as a person

• Being a Hamlin girl means being the best person you can be—no matter what—and being kind always

• Being a Hamlin girl means giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and not falling back into old patterns which turn into hurtful words or hurtful actions

• Being a Hamlin girl means that there is no challenge that is too much of a stretch for you to reach—a Hamlin girl is always up for the challenge

• Being a Hamlin girl means having pride in your school and embodying school spirit

• Being a Hamlin girl means being able to advocate for yourself and get help when you need it

• Being a Hamlin girl means learning to love yourself and the people around you

• Being a Hamlin girl means having opportunities to learn at your leisure

• Being a Hamlin girl means having  resources, being grateful for them, and being able to use them

• Being a Hamlin girl means having over 40 sisters and a lot of parents

• Being a Hamlin girl means learning how to be independent and mature and also knowing that there are people around you to help

• Being a Hamlin girl means that you are setting your own expectations and are self-motivated

• Being a Hamlin girl means appreciating yourself and not being afraid
to appreciate yourself

• Being a Hamlin girl means being able to speak up for yourself and talk about things you believe in and being exactly who you want to be

• Being a Hamlin girl means knowing what’s expected of you, doing what’s expected of you, and then exceeding those expectations

• Being a Hamlin girl means knowing that you have to work hard in school and in friendships, and knowing that you are capable of success in both

• Being a Hamlin girl means not being afraid of who you are or who you will become

• Being a Hamlin girl means changing over time and being patient; please tell the parents that they shouldn’t expect everything to happen in a single year—it takes time to turn into a Hamlin girl

• Being a Hamlin girl means that you have a special bond with all of the other girls in your grade; I have one older sister at home and many “same-age” sisters at school

• Being a Hamlin girl means that we have all had crazy experiences and have been able to try new things and given opportunities to find out who we are; we know what it means to wonder; we know what it means to want to know

• Being a Hamlin girl means being equipped with necessary skills and then taking them to a new level to meet the challenges of our time.

• Being a Hamlin girl means being a part of a family and having a support system of friends and teachers—a big family

• Being a Hamlin girl means facing challenges with enthusiasm and curiosity

• Being a Hamlin girl means you wear your uniform with pride; it makes me happy and proud to be outside in my uniform

• Being a Hamlin girl means being willing to take risks—also being a part of a family where you see what’s right and you see what’s wrong.  At Hamlin, you learn how to fix what’s wrong, not to just stare at it or talk about it

• Being a Hamlin girl means not being discouraged by failure—social or academic—using failure as an opportunity to grow and to get back up

• Being a Hamlin girl means being a part of a community and being curious and wanting to learn about new things and about the world

• Being a Hamlin girl means facing challenges and knowing that you can overcome them eventually

• Being a Hamlin girl means being a part of Pacific Heights—the neighborhood where our school is

• Being a Hamlin girl means gaining strength from the community

• Being a Hamlin girl means being home

• Being a Hamlin girl means that this is where our childhood has taken place.  We have grown together and changed here.  With that comes a lot of pride. This is where my memories are….

• Being a Hamlin girl means gaining skills for life

• Being a Hamlin girl means being confident; being able to compete in a positive way.  We push ourselves forward without fear….

• Being a Hamlin girl means that you are responsible for upholding the school’s reputation

• Being a Hamlin girl means being able to juggle a rigorous academic program with the arts and athletics

• Being a Hamlin girl means being confident and comfortable in your own skin

• Being a Hamlin girl means being a self-advocate

• Being a Hamlin girl means growing up and becoming a confident leader

• Being a Hamlin girl means wanting to try your best and helping others to do so as well

• Being a Hamlin girl means doing the right thing

• Being a Hamlin girl means being part of an inclusive and supportive environment

• Being a Hamlin girl means being comfortable and relaxed at school

• Being a Hamlin girl being honest even when it’s hard

• Being a Hamlin girl means knowing that you have a whole community of girls who are a part of your family; you have sisters

• Being a Hamlin girl means being a loyal friend

• Being a Hamlin girl means that you are a person that cares.  We take that care to a new level; we take action on what we care about

• Being a Hamlin girl means that we create success; we have an appetite for greatness.  My peers push me to be better; we all want to do well.  I constantly want to improve

• Being a Hamlin girl means that we are all striving to change the world; yes, this is a school, but we are learning how to be when you leave it.  I can recognize the traits of a Hamlin girl.

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