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The Experimentory Blog

Our year-round blog describes our program, values, and plans for next year.

The Exp Summer Daily

Our summer news consists of daily updates while we're in session -- giving a window into past years.

Tim Schaffer

Mr. Schaffer is a hat rack: he dons so many different rolls here at Deerfield Academy–Experimentory Program Coordinator, Medical Chaperone, Store Clerk, Test Proctor, and Greeter–that you never know where you might bump into him on campus. Before Deerfield, he could be found working for an insurance company, destroying things people don’t want any more, or helping college students ponder the mysteries of life. On the creative side he writes: he contributes to his family’s storybook, keeps a personal blog, and works on a speculative fiction novel. He also reads, doodles, daydreams, teases, tells stories, and cuddles with his cat.

Maximize Your Creativity: Joy

Posted by Tim Schaffer on January 31, 2018

Joy is something special. It's too lively to be confused with simple contentment. With roots deeper than your current circumstances, it's more than happiness. Joy is finding something that makes your heart sing.

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Sampling Deerfield: Faculty

Posted by Tim Schaffer on January 25, 2018

So much of our life experience is determined by the people around us. Exploring Mars would be drudgery with the wrong people; but a routine trip to the store for a loaf of bread is a joy with your best friend. Seeking a summer of joy rather than drudgery? Experimentory teachers are Deerfield Academy teachers –- people we know exemplify our goals of maximizing creativity and character –- people...

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If the Experimentory were a Person...

Posted by Tim Schaffer on December 28, 2017

Personification belongs in any creative communicator's tool kit. It's a good thought excercise: how can you strip an abstract concept or complicated reality down to its essence and then transfer that essence into a character? If you then drop those characters into stories, the result can be a load of fun -- and also give insights into life. We learn about strength from Aesop's lions, evil from...

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Topics: Communications

Sampling Deerfield

Posted by Tim Schaffer on December 21, 2017

Imagine: it's a hot, sticky day in late July. You've just finished a hike and you stop by a local ice cream stand on your way home. Stepping up to the window, you are amazed: they carry every flavor you can imagine -- and many you can't: Noni, Anise, Snozzberry Crunch (what's a snozzberry?). What do you choose? You wish you could try them all first before you decide.  Maybe you should just go...

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Topics: Deerfield

How do I Apply to the Experimentory?

Posted by Tim Schaffer on December 5, 2017

The short answer to this question is: visit our Application page! Our Application went up this week -- let the season begin!

But we can offer a little more advice than that. Here are five tips we like to share when people ask about our application.

Five Tips When Applying to the Experimentory:

  1. Take your time.

    The first thing you’ll do when applying is create an account in our system....

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Experimentory News: The Exp18 Program Takes Shape

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 29, 2017

In the spirit of trying new things, it is time for some exciting announcements about our 2018 program: We have new flexibility, new courses, and new options for local students. 

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When and Where is the Experimentory?

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 28, 2017

When: Establishing Shot

2018 will be the first year where students will have several options regarding the when of their Experimentory experience. 

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Keeping in Touch: Anna Pettee in the Peace Corps

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 24, 2017


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Who is the Experimentory? The Staff

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 21, 2017

Imagine this: you are going to climb Everest. You have prepared physically for the last year. You traveled all the way to the Himalayas. You are wearing top-of-the-line gear with all the necessary provisions. Ready to go, you turn to your guide… and you see him typing, “top of the world” into his smart phone. He squints at the changing screen, spinning on his heels left and then right....

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Who is the Experimentory? The Students

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 14, 2017

A few years ago we revised our application. The original had fairly standard essay questions of the Why-do-you-want-to-come variety.  Our new questions? Tell us a story about what’s happening in this picture, said one. Sell us a food you absolutely hate, said another. Students chose two out of five to answer in whatever medium and fashion they liked.

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