Meet Commonwealth Students: Hanna ’25, Introducing Others to "The Beauty of Islam"

What makes a Commonwealth student tick? From the classes that capture their attention to their favorite books, foods, and even paradoxes, their interests are hampered only by their imaginations—and, perhaps, the hours in a day. 

A relatively recent transplant from ​​Saratoga Springs, New York, Hanna appreciates tea in the evenings, exercise classes with her sister, and a good mechanical pencil. She also deeply appreciates her Arab Muslim culture and has helped introduce the Commonwealth community to some of its beauties. Learn why and get to know Hanna a bit better below. 

Getting to Know You

What is bringing you joy right now?

I’m currently visiting my older sister in London!

What is your favorite book (or a book you’ve re-read)? 

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

What are your favorite comfort foods? 

Chocolate chip pancakes.

What was/is your favorite class (at Commonwealth or elsewhere)? 


What never fails to make you laugh? 

My sisters, and the Dartmouth lobby at school at any time.

Pen or pencil? 

Mechanical pencil.

Coffee or tea? 

Coffee in the morning, tea at night.

Fall, winter, spring, or summer?


Life as a Commonwealth Student (and Beyond)

What was your first impression of Commonwealth and how has it mapped to your experience? 

Unique. I've never seen a school like it before, from the building to the close-knit community. I look forward to going to school everyday, as I never know what will happen next.  

You recently led—for the second Diversity Day in a row!—a session on The Beauty of Islam for Commonwealth students, faculty, and staff. Why was it important to you to lead this workshop? 

As a Arab, Muslim woman, I find it especially important to share the beauty of my religion and culture that western media sometimes doesn't show. Islam and Arab culture are so incredibly rich. It was truly hard to embody all of it into just one presentation. Participants had the chance to explore various foods and meaningful objects important to Arab and Muslim culture. My hope is that whoever attended the session left enlightened and curious to learn more.   

How do you spend your time outside of Commonwealth?

Hanging out with friends at a café after school or spending time with my family, usually at dinner. I also do workout classes with my sister!

Related: See Hanna’s and Other Real-World Schedules

When do you feel most connected to our community?

During Hancock!

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