Getting out of one’s comfort zone, though difficult, is almost always a recipe for success. It’s certainly true for Betsy Halsey ’04, who wasn’t even sure she wanted to attend The Hun School as a boarding student. “At first, I was hesitant to be away from home at fourteen, but my parents were supportive, especially my dad,” she says. Betsy’s father, Ed Halsey ’62, was particularly persuasive, sharing fond memories of his time at the School with his daughter. “He'd had a great experience at Hun and was still close to his classmate, then headmaster, Dr. Byer. It was actually Dr. Byer who suggested I attend.”
Betsy eventually followed in her father’s footsteps by attending Hun, making a name for herself in the theatre and dance programs and by serving as a proctor during junior and senior years. For Betsy, the personal connections she made at Hun were among the most impactful. “We used to play ultimate frisbee on the mall after dinner, before study hall,” she says of her most cherished memories.
Halsey feels strongly about staying connected to Hun. “My father was an alum and always supported the school both by giving and also by attending events. After he passed in 2006, I wanted to honor his memory by keeping up his tradition.” She’s attended her fifth and tenth reunions, as well as regional gatherings throughout the years, and is looking forward to her upcoming 15th reunion. Halsey also stays connected to her Hun friends. “I'm lucky that a handful of my best friends from Hun live and work in NYC. We've decided to make it a tradition to attend the alumni events together.”
How do you keep your connection to Hun alive? As 2018 draws to a close, we invite you to make an investment in Hun’s future through a gift to the School. Your support helps Hun provide financial aid for deserving students, fund faculty salaries and benefits, and support innovative campus projects and student life initiatives.
On behalf of the entire Hun community, thank you for your support and dedication to our tradition of excellence.