Reflections and Advice:
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Interlochen offers an experience unlike any other. Teachers care for their students and offer challenging classes, which test students' academic abilities and forceS them to think outside of the box. They truly care for their students and are part of the Interlochen family. It is a place of talent, friendship, and is as unordinary as high schools can get. The campus is incredibly unique, situated between two lakes with acres and acres of beautiful woodland separating it from the surrounding area. The students gather from all over the world to celebrate the arts and perform with the utmost professionalism- setting them up for conservatories, universities, and some even jobs post-graduation. Many famous musicians have attended Interlochen, however students who graduate from Interlochen are also academically prepared for professional jobs. I was a voice major while attending Interlochen, and though I still love to sing, my interests are in the sciences. I am attending Michigan State University planning to graduate with a B.S in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Chemistry in 2005 and am currently preparing for the MCAT medical school entrance exam.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I love Interlochen. It is a place that will always be in the back of my mind. I have since returned to work summers at their camp as well and still keep in touch with many of the teachers that have inspired me.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would not have done anything differently upon arriving to Interlochen. You do however have to be careful about what your arts-interests are because you cannot do multiple things. Students cannot be in the dance and the theatre department. It is very specialized and you focus on the one arts interest that you came to Interlochen to improve.
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
Everything that Interlochen is an inspiration. Students enhance the best parts of each other through their training as well as their friendships. I would never want to change the drive for perfection that the students, administrators, staff, and faculty have at Interlochen, it makes us who we are.
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
Recently the administration has had a lot of shifting as well as the addition of a new President. This new president is very qualified as a president but has never attended the academy and I don't know how that will affect the school.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Make sure not to close yourself off in a practice room. Interlochen is not only its music but a wonderful experiance with the people around you, giving you memories that will last a life-time. I suggest going to Interlochen all four years, because for me the more of Interlochen, the better, but other students are not prepared to live without a parents guide at 14 so choose the years that you attend carefully so that you can get the most out of Interlochen possible. Beg for overrides into classes that you are interested because those classes are not reciprocated at any other place in the country. Get to know your professors as people because they have invested a lot of time into improving students' performance both academically and muscially. Take everything that they say and recognize that years of experience have gone into that knowledge so they probably know what they are talking about. Get to know your counselor!!! Your counselor will be the determinate as to where you will go after highschool so make sure that they know every potential that you have and can express that to anyone they meet. Have a blast and take more pictures than I did. It is an experience that will give you a lifetime of memories.