Previous Year's Chapel Talks
Homesickness at The Hill: It can be easy to become overwhelmed at Hill. Taking on new classes, people, and living spaces can be a huge transition. What happens when homesickness overwhelms you, and how can you solve it?
Three Lessons for Life: It's okay to be scared. Mean people can be your inspiration. Always hold the door.
Smart: Finding out your academic strengths at a rigorous school such as Hill can be challenging. MoniYah expresses transparency and honesty about being a student at Hill.
Try Throwing Your Net to the Right Side of the Boat. Many of us become frustrated when life doesn't go the way we want. Yet, we don't realize that most of the time, we're approaching things the same way and expecting different results. What would it look like for us to do things differently?
Girls Don't Belong at The Hill School: A reflection on coeducation and the possibility of changing your heart and mind.
Don’t Do Nothing. When a baby cries, the parent should immediately seek to comfort the baby. But at a certain point, it is important to let the baby cry it out. What is that point?
The Importance of Identity and Legacy: An introspective look at the importance of identity and legacy told through the lense of contemporary music.
Being around things and people you love can make all the difference. This is a story of a time I was doing something I love, and it helped me out of a dark place.
How many legs does a spider have? A story of self-improvement and how I overcame my fear of speaking up.
Was the Dress Really Worth It? Breaking down the stigma that fat is unhealthy, one talk at a time.
Throughout our life, we fail to pay attention to many details that encompass who we are as people. When we take a moment to shed light on these, we get a glimpse on how important being present in every moment is.
It’s Only a Game; Some Life Lessons, Some Good, Some Bad, Drawn from my Life in Athletics: In this year that marks 50 years of Title IX, 50 years of Yale field hockey, and 100 years of U.S.A. field hockey, as well as the 50th anniversary of my own high school graduation and my 24th year at Hill and thus my 24th year involved in Hill Athletics, I want to reflect on some of what I learned from my experiences, and try to put the role of athletics in American life, American education, and American culture in some perspective.
How the relationships and family community of Hill was very impactful and came to light after hearing the tragic news of my grandfather.
Being Black and Blue
The importance of Veterans Day and embracing change. Veterans Day holds a special place in my heart. As a military kid, I have been presented with continuous change throughout my life. Instead of looking at the negative, it can be beneficial to look at the positive and grow fromit.
Change is not easy, but necessary. A reflection on homesickness and how to overcome it. Finding the good in situations can change your entire perspective.
Privilege: Your past and your circumstantial privilege and upbringing, along with present hardships do not define what you do with your future. Make yourself a student of the game, or someone who is always looking for little ways to improve, because in doing so, you are able to better yourself and those around you. Strive for success in your dreams and goals no matter the condition, as you never know where life will take you through your failures and achievements.
Grow Through What You Go Through: Mistakes, setbacks, and scars seem like things that should destroy us, and we should avoid them. In truth, these are what fuel us to be better and lead us to find success and ultimately where we are supposed to be.
Passengers on the Bullet Train: In the bullet train we call life, the people we meet are all passengers who come and go. In this electronic age, confirmation biases limit us from taking in different perspectives and listening to the other side of the story. In life, this journey without a destination, what are the relationships that shaped your value? In this divided 21st century, how can we build more bridges for one another and turn hate into love?