Reflections and Advice:
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The faculty at SG really expect a lot from their students, and although the school may not be considered a 'top-tier' by some, I feel that the academics are challenging and prepare students of various aptitudes extremely well for college.
The quality of life at SG is unparalleled. Not only is the campus beautiful (amazing views, beautiful architecture, etc.) but the location itself is amazing. Rhode Island is a gorgeous state and everything you need is easily accessible (shops, restaurants, movies, beaches, etc). Students from New England, in particular, will love the location because it is close enough to pretty much everywhere (Cape Cod, Boston, NYC, Providence, etc.) and it is easy to get around (cabs, trains, airport in Providence). This way, you feel like you're just far enough away from home.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I am a more mature, outgoing, open-minded, multi-faceted person as a result of having gone to SG. I found that my experiences at SG not only contributed largely to who I am today but also helped shape me into a better student overall. I am so much more academic and even FEEL more intelligent by virtue of having gone to school at SG. I was a mediocre student in high school but have gone on to achieve great academic success in college and grad school, and I can't help but attribute much of that to the skills I learned at St. George's.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Be aware that many aspects of boarding school life are no different than at any other school you would attend. Kids are still kids, and there were and will always be issues with social standing/popularity, drugs/alcohol, peer pressure, etc. No school is perfect or immune from these things.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Location, campus, diversity of student body (although it could have been much, much better), amount of international students, size of student body, academics (partic. English, foreign languages and theology). One of the best things about coming to SG is that each year, the more priveliges you receive and the more you are treated like an adult (just like -hopefully - at home or in the outside world).
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Don't do the laundry service unless you are willing to have things lost/ruined. Be prepared for very iffy food. Order food from Subway, Pizza Hollywood, Via Via. Experience Newport as much as possible because you will miss it when you leave. Have a blast during the Spring semester -- it's the best time to be at SG. Take advantage of the beaches as much as possible. Use your free time wisely! Try to branch out in your friendships and not limit yourself to the same group of people 24/7. Appreciate and take advantage of your alone time (i.e. showers, walks, etc.) because you won't get a lot of it and it is easy to overload on being around your classmates day in and day out.