Delbarton is filled with dedicated individuals, from students, faculty and staff, to parents and alumni, and each person has his or her unique Delbarton Experience. In order to bring these stories to life, we are pleased to introduce Humans of Delbarton, a series of personal profiles designed to illustrate what makes Delbarton, well, Delbarton.
The concept for Humans of Delbarton is inspired by a very popular series of profiles and stories known as 'Humans of New York'. The series began as a photography project in 2010 where the photographer, Brandon Stanton, began to interview his subjects, including quotes and short stories from their lives. Over the years, other schools and colleges have followed suit.
To launch our series Humans of Delbarton, meet Joseph Narduzzi ‘23, one of twelve transfer students this year.
Narduzzi transferred to Delbarton after spending three years at Sedes Sapientiae (‘Seat of Wisdom’) in Boonton, NJ which he attended from eighth grade until the end of his sophomore year. Sedes Sapientiae prides itself on providing a classical Catholic education, and models its curriculum on education developed during the Renaissance. When reflecting on his time there, Narduzzi said, “I liked it there because since it was small, you were able to have very valuable conversations in class about readings and other homework.” While at Sedes Sapientiae, in addition to the usual elementary and high school courses, Narduzzi studied Latin, Greek and Philosophy. He was involved on the swim team and participated in the school’s golf club. In his free time, Narduzzi loves photography and spending time with his family.
Why transfer to Delbarton from such a fine and academically rigorous school? Narduzzi says he saw more opportunity for himself here and he always knew he wanted to attend school at Delbarton. “I knew that when I came to Delbarton there was going to be something for me to do there. In addition to doing what you like, there is also so much that you can explore.” Narduzzi actually always had his eyes on Delbarton as he and his friends continuously talked about attending high school here.
Now that he's here, he is excited to take his swimming career to new heights on the Green Wave Swim team. “I knew that I would be able to take my racing to the next level,” he says. “The opportunity that Delbarton brings to the plate is a big game-changer.” Outside the classroom and swimming pool, Narduzzi is already an enthusiastic member of the Green Wave Stock Exchange and the Photography Club. Narduzzi has been documenting his adventures over the years and more recently, capturing action-packed shots of the Green Wave Football team in his free time -- check out some of his photos below...
As for academics, Narduzzi noted how his teachers emphasize in-class participation. “There is a beauty in the classroom where the students, in a way, have the responsibility to add to the class and participate, instead of just sitting and listening to the teacher lecture.” While Delbarton is a much larger school than his previous one, the student-teacher ratio at Delbarton is still a relatively low 8:1 which allows classes to be heavily focused on student involvement and discussion. Conversation and debate are always in the air.
Joseph noted that as a transfer student, the biggest challenge was finding his way around. After all, most juniors already have their routines and have developed strong bonds with classmates, teammates and faculty members. Luckily for Narduzzi, the transition was nearly seamless. With so many opportunities and different ways to get involved at Delbarton, finding his own path has been easy. “I think that coming from a smaller school has made me really respect and treasure the different events going on at one time here. I definitely have a new appreciation for all the different things going on and all the opportunities that are just waiting for you to just jump on.”
What advice does he have for someone looking to apply, or even transfer, to Delbarton? “There are so many different things you can take from your brothers at Delbarton. So just be open to what people have to offer.” Delbarton has encouraged him to be open-minded and willing to learn from his brothers. Entering the school is already a big step, but joining Delbarton several years later than your peers is even more challenging. To anyone contemplating such a move, Narduzzi advises, “Try to be like a sponge while you are at Delbarton because, if you are a transfer, you don’t have as much time as other students. I would try to do as much as possible and do as many things as I can because the people and resources at Delbarton are one of a kind.”
We hope you enjoyed our first Humans of Delbarton post. Look for our next story soon, and click here to recommend a Delbarton human for us to profile!