Dear Future Oldfields Families,
Spring has sprung in the Oldfields Admission Office! Spring around Oldfields' campus means a lot of activities. One of our favorites is welcoming newly accepted students. This year our wonderful group of student ambassadors, under the guidance of Admission Counselor Mason Rooney, have had to use their creativity, given the limitations on prospective student visits. Not only have they been writing original blog posts (take a look by clicking here) to help our prospective families get to know Oldfields better, but they also made a video to help our newly accepted students say "yes" to OS! We hope to be sending you the same video sometime this spring!
Current Student Spotlight
Sisters of Color Mentoring Program
This mentorship program recognizes the unique experiences and distinct set of challenges faced by BIPOC students—not only at Oldfields, but in their everyday lives. Oldfields Sisters of Color seeks to partner BIPOC alumni with current BIPOC students and their Oldfields support systems In an effort to expand horizons, provide additional resources, instill confidence, and provide representation as students of color navigate their Oldfields journey.
This mentorship program is designed to connect Oldfields alumni, parents, and friends with alumni and/or current students for the purpose of sharing career experiences and insights about occupations, industries, and general career advice.
This program is not intended to be a job or internship placement service, but a way for Oldfields alumni and parents to give back to young women starting down the road on their career of choice, or to more established graduates who would like to change direction.
A Hero in the Health Center: Ms. Carter
Director of Health Services Darla Carter joined the Oldfields community in early September and has navigated this year, one unlike any other, with patience and expertise. Darla is extremely passionate about her work on campus advocating and caring for our students and faculty, while off campus, advocating for accessibility through her own nonprofit. Sweet-natured (and with a sweet tooth) she makes our campus a safer and more resilient place.
Darla’s love for the children she worked with, along with her passion for equal access, led to her starting a nonprofit, Room 17, which advocates for accessible bathrooms for people with disabilities. In her role as the founder and Board President of Room 17, Darla has also spent the past two years networking with lawyers and congressmen, speaking at events, and has been a guest panelist for American Public Health Association in Washington, DC. While the pandemic has paused some of the work that she is doing, Darla has found a way to use her platform to advocate for safety measures in and around COVID-19 and get supplies to people and organizations who really need it.
Darla, known to our students as Ms. Carter, is adored by our students. In the girls’ words, “Ms. Carter helps us out so much at Oldfields and is definitely one of the nicest people I have ever met. She has such a kind soul.” “She notices when something isn’t right—even if we don’t say anything. She pays such close attention to each of us.” Oldfields is fortunate to have her taking care of our students each and every day.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Oldfields, and we look forward to learning more about you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.