Milton Hershey School - Review #1

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About the Author:

College Enrolled The Johns Hopkins University
Home Town, State (Country) Bethesda, MD
Years Attended Boarding School 5
Activities During Boarding School Track and Field, Girl Scouts, Cheerleading, FBLA, Habitat for Humanity, Student Government..

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Milton Hershey School is a boarding school that caters to children ages 5-18 that are from a needy or single parent family. Children can attend the school free of charge, and when enrolled receive free room and board as well as clothing and school supplies. College scholarship assistance is also availible for students that graduate successfully from the Milton Hershey School. The School was founded by the infamous Milton Snavely Hershey, the inventor of Hershey's Chocolate. The school is funded by the 6 billion dollar trust fund left by Mr. Hershey after his death, and owns 51% of Hershey Corporation. An average of $90,000 per student is spent a year and paid entirely by the school..
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I recieved so much support when I needed to apply for college. I wanted to enter The Johns Hopkins University, and Milton Hershey school has a department known as the "College and Career Center" that assists students in finding their best secondary school option. They were EXTREMELY helpful in making sure I was prepared for college..
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
It was tough leaving home and adjusting to anew life. Once you look at it as going to school with your bestfriends and getting to live with them too, you have a great time! And I can't count the ways that being at boarding school helped prepare me for college! I can do my own laundry! ha ha..
4.) What did you like most about your school?
As you can see in the aforementioned areas, my school had countless resources available to the students. Students at private school don't get what we do. And we weren't paying for any of it. It was a chance for me to be successful, regardless of the fact that my parents were immigrants from Africa and low-income. It was a brilliant experience and I'm lucky to have had it. A true blessing..
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
When you get to Milton Hershey School, you will see all the things that are available to you. Recognize that they are free and a gift, it's a huge opportunity that you've been granted and it's critical that it isn't wasted. .

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were many resources available for students that needed that extra help. Teachers were required to devote extra hours after school to assist students as well. The facilities were extraordinary, with a massive renovation being done to older buildings and four new schools (elementary, middle, and high as well as a new Gym, and library being built on the campus. Everything is made availible to the eager and avid student..

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Milton Hershey Athletic program is a very proud one with a long history of success. The Girls Track and Field team is a five-time consecutive State Champion in Pennsylvania, and fifteen-time consecutive district champion in PA.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Theater program at Milton Hershey has a strong backing by the adminstration. They work on the largest stage on the east coast, second only to the stage at Brown University. They have the largest "Black Box" theater equipped with over $100,000 worth of lighting equipment and a strong following within the school. The program is a member of the International Thespian Association and travels to compete at the various locations, and has won the highest honor at the competition numerous times..

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
At Milton Hershey school, there is an entire department devoted to Student Programs. The department assists students in deciding what community service options are available and would fit them. They also offer a Student Leadership Camp where classes are taken to foster leadership skills in students..

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms ae exquisite. The dorms are set up as massive ranch style homes built for 12 students per home, with two married adults serving as "Houseparents." There is a kitchen but meals are prepared "family style" and eaten at the dining room table. Each dorm has a computer room (with 4 apple Imac computers), a fitness area, a Recreation room, a living room, 2 TV's, dishwasher, two refrigerators, 3 bathrooms with 2 showers in each one, and one half bath. The students sleep two to a room, and the dorms are single gender..

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The meals were prepared family style, so it was nice being in the kitchen working with your "housemom" to make dinner and eating with the other students-- "housesisters.".

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Hershey is very small and mostly centered around the school and the Hershey's chocolate factory. It was a safe enviroment with plenty to do.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were always plenty of activities, dances, parties, sports and just "recreation time" where you could go to the open gym and associate with friends....

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
5:45 AMMorning Chores
6:15 AMBreakfast
7:00 AMGet Dressed for School
7:30 AMLeave for school
7:45 AMArrive At School
8:15 AMSchool Starts
2:45 PMSchool Ends
3:00 PMExtracurricular Activities Start, ie. Sports, Club Meetings, Tutoring
5:00 PMActivities End
5:30 PMDinner at Dorm
6:45 PMEvening Chores
8:30 PMStudy Hour
9:30 PMDepending on Age: bedtime, or Snack time
10:30 PMBed time for High School
12:00 PMBedtime for students who ask for extra homework extension
Weekend
11:00 AMWake Up
2:00 PMSaturday Chores, or trip to the mall, or movies, amusement park or anything at all
5:30 PMDinner
11:30 AMBedtime- Extended because of Weekend
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