Hi @bostongirl123 - I am always happy to answer questions! Let’s address a couple of concerns that apply to many schools.
- Dress code: Please don’t sweat it (no pun intended). My kiddo would have freaked out about the thought of having to wear a jacket or blazer a few years ago. Now, it’s really not a big deal. The dress code is relaxed in Winter (when it is needed) and students at Deerfield during that term wear sweats, jeans, pants with sweat shirts or sweaters. There are a few boys that wear shorts and flip flops all year long - they never get cold. Most girls at DA really don’t mind it and tend to have more latitude about dress code than the guys, IMHO. You have a blazer or jacket with you - wear it to class - if you’re too warm, take it off. Everyone is in the same situation Fall & Spring term - not a big deal.
Concern about the rural location: I get it if you are coming from the city. The campus is beautiful and the entire region around school is magnificent. It might be the only time in your life when you will have this opportunity to just chill out, be with classmates, and not distracted by an urban area. It’s not for everyone, but even kids from the city seem to have enough to do on weekends. The campus community is strengthened IMHO by the school’s location. There are activities every weekend. I know kids who attend schools within or closer to cities and they feel more lonely on weekends because their student body clears out on Friday. Deerfield isn’t like that. There are a lot of sporting events, plays, concerts, activities (during non-COVID times). There is a bus that takes students into town on Friday afternoon and sometimes also on Saturday. You are about 20-25 minutes to Amherst or Hadley - closest Chipolte and other houses of fine cuisine. Deerfield has a number of hang out places for snacks & coffee. Nobody is starving. Delivery Dudes and other delivery services bring your favorite cuisine. Shopping is easy with Amazon. By contrast, Andover and Exeter are within walking distance of towns. Frankly, the best location for off-campus fun is SGS - at least they have the “Dragon Wagon” to shuttle them to Newport!