Choate Rosemary Hall - Review #30

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Choate Rosemary Hall
5

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1983-1986
Sports and Activities:Leader of the PEP Squad, Co-Captain of JV softball, JV volleyball team, the Black Students Association
College Enrolled:Emory University
Home Town, State: Atlanta,, GA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The small class sizes and caring faculty made Choate an excellent institution. The teachers took an interest in each student's achievement and success. Also, the senior project was a unique program that allowed seniors to pursue a variety of interests outside of the classroom.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing was attending one of the best academic institutions in the country. I stand behind Choate's academics 100%. Also, becoming acquainted with a diverse student body exposed me to various cultures and customs. My term abroad in Spain propelled me to fully literacy in Spanish, which I still maintain.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would not do anything differently. My advice is to be open-minded and inquisitive when you arrive at boarding school. Take courses you've never had, try sports you've never played, go to events you've never attended. Realize that you aren't at home with your parents so the social life will be different. Overall, remember there are pros and cons to every situation in life; make the best of the pros and learn how to effectively deal with the cons.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The spirit of community that radiates from the administration and faculty.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The snack bar in the Student Center makes the best milk shakes! Choate has beautiful grounds, be sure to grab a blanket and study outdoors whenever you can.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The core curriculum was very rigorous and I was extremely prepared for college, and the SAT, AP and Achievement tests. The focus on writing skills during the junior year was worth the hard work. I was much better prepared than many of my freshman classmates. The Study Abroad program was another opportunity to learn languages and explore other cultures and the arts. I will never forget my semester in Spain.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I most appreciated the diversity in sports, and the opportunity to participate on the varsity, junior varsity, and intramural levels. Requiring athletics each term assists with keeping students physically fit. And the competitiveness bred school spirit.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Choate had an awesome theatre program and a beautiful, contemporary arts center. The annual musicals were much anticipated. In addition, the visual arts and music classes facilitated having a well-rounded student body. I still remember lessons from the History of Jazz class.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Having students from a variety of geographic, economic and ethnic backgrounds work together in organizations is one of the jewels of the Choate community. There were a plethora of groups available to address students interests.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked getting to know people from all over the world, from all walks of life. I learned about different types of music, fashion, foods, etc. The mandatory study hours stuck with me when I started college.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food was very appetizing. The dining hall hours were convenient.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I did not grow up in a small town nor in New England so there was an adjustment. There were restaurants, stores and movie theaters. I appreciated the safety at that time; we could walk all over town and be comfortable.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Not being in a city and being mostly restricted to the campus was an adjustment. The activities department planned interesting activities for us on and off campus and provided transportation.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
8:00 AMClasses begin
3:00 PMSports practice
6:00 PMDinner
7:30 PMMandatory study hours begin
Weekend
12:00 AMBrunch
2:00 PMSpend time with friends
7:30 PMMandatory study hours begin
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