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Living and Learning in Princeton with Dave Bush

Dave Bush is a resident faculty member and practicing artist, who believes deeply that art is everywhere. Mr. Bush challenges students and adults within The Hun School community to make connections between personal creativity and artistic expression in their daily lives. And, for the past twenty years, he has leveraged art education at The Hun School as a tool for self-discovery and exploration.
Mr. Bush arrived at The Hun School of Princeton in 1994, and moved into Russell Hall in 2007. He is a father of three children: Rosalie, Jackson ’16, and Greta, and he understands the need for parents to encourage children to experience new things. More than a weekend activities supervisor, Mr. Bush is a creator of weekend excursions that provide attractive opportunities for boarders and day students to explore unfamiliar territory.

“Getting out and about is just as important as where you end up going,” Mr. Bush explained. “These trips we make together as part of the Resident Life community are about getting to know the students we live with. But for students, they can be so much more than just getting to know the faculty they live with. It’s an opportunity for them to find out what they are interested in. It’s an opportunity for them to get to know more about themselves. It just so happens, that we are very fortunately located. Enriching day trips are easy to find here in Princeton, Philadelphia, and New York.”

Mr. Bush organizes trips to performing arts events – string quartets, plays, and concerts. He searches for exciting lectures, particularly at local schools, colleges, and universities. Earlier this year, Mr. Bush took a group of students to the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University to listen to a professor discuss privacy ethics and social media.

“The lecture about privacy ethics was fantastic,” said Josh McGilvray ’14. “Mr. Bush tries to find activities we’ll benefit from in the long-run, which sometimes means we need to be convinced in the short-term.”

Josh continued, “I think Mr. Bush understands that it’s important to get outside of your comfort zone whether you enjoy yourself or not. This is very much an ideal at The Hun School. We are exposed to new ideas, a variety of cultures, and a breadth of curriculum. Mr. Bush tries to carry that out with these trips. He takes that quite far, to help expose us to new things. He understands there’s more to life than going to the movies, hanging out in Poe Lounge, and eating wings.”

Mr. Bush explained, “If an activity has value, chances are it will challenge students to experience something new – it will help them grow.” And, as a member of the Resident Life community, Mr. Bush enjoys finding ways to offer broadening experiences at The Hun School and beyond.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

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