Reflections and Advice:
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Exeter is simply the creme of the crop. The students there represent the best of their former schools, and the atmosphere of the school reflects that. The teaching is phenomenal, and the style unique. Instead of rows of seats, every class is taught around a round table. Class participation and discussion is very important to academic success, unlike many other schools. The "Harkness method", as they call it, involves kids leading the discussions. If you are one of those kids that likes to sit in the back of classes and absorb the material, you may have a hard time at first in this place. Everyone is expected to participate daily in discussions, and your grade will reflect that.
The campus is a very unique, beautiful place with three main quads. It is far more like an ivy league college than a high school, and I was simply in awe of it from the moment I saw it. There are many great old brick buildings with a very academic feel, and you really get a sense of the history of the place from the moment you step on the quad. The campus is nicely condensed and the distance between any two places is never a very long walk. The academic buildings are nicely clustered and well organized.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me was being placed in my dorm. I had an awesome resident faculty and a great group of friends who I still see often. It was in the dorm that I formed bonds with people that I didn't think were possible in so short a time.
One achievement I had that was really hard-won was achieving cum laude, which means I was in the top 20% of my class. At Exeter this is truly an achievment for anyone, and I was particularly proud of this. A's are not given out liberally here- the grading is very difficult. Only those that are truly gifted and work hard will come out on top.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
School will be a shock for most when they first arrive. The classes are not like any others that you will have taken, and you need to prepare to work hard the moment you hit the ground. At the same time, get out and meet your dormmates and get to know them. Remember that you are on your own and that you bear all the responsibility for yourself. Getting used to being on your own will be one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences of boarding school
4.) What did you like most about your school?
It's hard to say what I like most, but it would have to be the kids that go there. There is such a great diversity and mix of great kids that it's almost impossible not to find your place. They are some of the most intellectually stimulating people I have met, and I'll never forget the great times I had just hanging out late at night in the dorm with my buddies. It is a truly wonderous and memorable place to go to school.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out the Grill, it's a popular hangout spot. I would highly recommend Ewald dorm, but if you get placed anywhere on campus you're bound to have a good time. If you are a more sociable, outgoing person, then south-side is the place for you. If you are more academic, and/or relaxed and chill, north side would probably be better.