I was excited by the idea of tapping into my creativity and connecting deeply with Judaism.

Danielle Smith

Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
Hometown
Somerville, MA
Tell us about one of your favorite experiences at BCI:
I loved having meaningful, as well as silly, conversations over meals. It was such a beautiful time to learn about my fellow BCIers, as well as process my own ideas and world views in a supportive and open community.
What is something you discovered about yourself at BCI?
I discovered that I love to dance! Josepha’s dance workshop changed my life in ways I could not have imagined. I felt more in touch with my body and my mind, and I left BCI with a new sense of confidence in myself.
What advice would you give to an incoming BCIer?
Take time for yourself. Don’t let a fear of missing out stop you from getting a good night’s sleep or taking a quiet walk alone to recharge.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to cook, explore new libraries, and rock climb.
Photo of Danielle Smith
What attracted you to BCI?
I had just finished my first year of teaching, and I was looking for an experience that would give me time to reflect and focus on myself. I was excited by the idea of tapping into my creativity and connecting deeply with Judaism. I was also excited to meet new friends from all over the world!