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Erika Jung ’07 was always a leader. As a student at Harley, Erika took on the role of Editor-in-Chief and resurrected the dormant Acorn Press student newspaper and the Calliope literary magazine. She believed these papers were an important part of the student education and says that they helped develop her leadership skills and expand on her creativity.
Following Harley, she went on to Brown University and majored in Literary Arts and spent a semester abroad in Spain. After Brown, she took a year off and returned to Spain and worked as an English teacher. She was so rooted in the culture that she began to think and dream in Spanish. Erika returned to the States and is now in her 4th year in a Clinical Psychology PhD program at Northwestern University and is currently completing her year-long residency at Stanford University, which is the final requirement for her PhD . Her goal after her PhD is to work in a community mental health setting for underserved Hispanic and Latino populations. Along with her doctoral work, she plans to keep up with her Spanish speaking skills–they have translators in her field, but she wants to be able to speak directly to her patients.
 
Erika says Harley made her who she is today. It looks like with the Acorn Press and Calliope magazine still going strong, that the feeling is mutual!
 

Students may create independent studies with supervising teachers throughout their Upper School experience or, during Grade 12, they can design Capstone projects—intensive collaborations with Harley faculty and off-campus mentors—involving rigorous academic study and culminating in public presentations. They are empowered to create their own curriculum, set goals, and work on time management skills in order to accomplish their objectives.

Independent Studies run the gamut from The Psychology of Sports to Furniture Design to The Neuroimaging of Alzheimer’s Disease. Capstones, meanwhile, are as diverse as the students who pursue them: Fictional Rochester, Autobiographical Art, Biomimicry Education, Organic Fuel, and Rochester Refugees. 

Indicative of Upper School curiosity and creativity, pursuits such as these distinguish our graduates in college. Through deep dives of this sort, Harley students master more than speaking, writing, and computing: they learn to communicate, advocate, collaborate, organize, listen, and empathize. 

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Letter from the Head of School

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Climate Crisis Curriculum

Citizen Scientists

Joy Moss: Storytelling Roots

In Every Issue

Class Notes

Diane Donniger Award

By the Numbers

From the Archives

What’s (Who’s) New at Harley

Divisional Highlights

Alumni Profile: Vandebroek

Alumni Profiles: Keller

HAC Athletics

2021 Lives of Great Purpose Awards

1000 Words

Commencement 2022

Reunion 2022

In Memoriam

Retirements and Fond Farewells