Tabor Academy - Review #7
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||The George Washington University|
|Home Town, State||Plymouth, MA|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||SSV Tabor Boy Officer, Model United Nations Head Delegate, Softball Team Captain, Tech Crew, Student Government Class President, Tour Guide, Peer Counselor, Elementary School Tutor, Newspaper Section Editor|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
It is difficult to overstate the appeal of attending the aptly nicknamed "School by the Sea." Besides the aesthetic appeal of living and learning next to the ocean, the seaside setting offers a host of programs not usually offered by your typical boarding school, such as the SSV Tabor Boy sailing program or the ready availability of a lab setting for marine science courses. I was also highly appreciative of the small class sizes during my time at Tabor, with my biggest class perhaps numbering 16 people. This allowed for greater and more in-depth discussion in the classes themselves, as well as more individualized attention from teachers.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I have said this before, and I will repeat it unabashedly here: attending Tabor Academy during my high school years was the best decision I have ever made. I entered Tabor an insecure freshman terrified of having left the comforts of my old school, and graduated four years later confident, educated, and better prepared for college and hopefully, "the real world," than the greater majority of my peers at other schools. Classmates became friends, teachers became mentors, and perhaps most importantly, I came into myself.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I honestly would not have done anything differently during my time at Tabor. I encourage students who plan on attending a boarding school to take advantage of as many opportunities as they can, and to never shy away from trying something new.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
My favorite aspect of Tabor was undoubtedly the community. Students and faculty alike were incredibly friendly and supportive. I wouldn't trade the feeling of community I experienced there for anything.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I strongly advise trying to get to "early lunch" on Chicken Patty Day.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
As I mentioned above, I really believe that I benefited tremendously from the small class sizes offered by Tabor. It is very difficult to hide in a class of only 12 people. This requires you to be ready to participate in class discussions at any given time, which, while it seems like a downside at the time, is actually beneficial in the long-run. I remember taking my tour of Tabor while in 8th grade, and hearing the tour guide expound upon the fact that the teachers at Tabor really care about the well-being and success of their students. I dismissed it at the time as typical tour rhetoric, but found during my four years at the Academy that this was in fact true. The faculty are a group of incredibly professional and dedicated educators. I was also pleased to find that my peers were, for the most part, as committed to academics as I was. Their passion and focus forced everyone to "up their game" in order to keep up, to the overall benefit of everyone in class.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really enjoyed that Tabor requires you to participate in an after-school activity during every season. Just as with every aspect of Tabor, the requirement of playing at least one interscholastic sport per academic year pushes students to grow and try new things. The sports facilities are quite impressive, especially for a school of Tabor's size. In fact, I am confident in saying that the athletic facilities at Tabor rival those of many colleges I have visited.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was always impressed with the various arts programs in that they never turned an interested student away. First-time actors were always more than welcome in the Winter Musical, hapless artists encouraged to take a Ceramics, Studio Art, etc. class, and new musicians able to take advantage of music lessons. As someone who has an appreciation for the theater, but cannot act her way out of a paper bag or sing without causing those in the immediate vicinity to cringe, I enjoyed being a part of the Tech Crew. There was and is always a way to be involved.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really enjoyed the breadth of extracurricular options available. There were, of course, school staples such as sports, student government, etc. However, Tabor is unique in its ability to offer a nationally-renowned sailing program or the SSV Tabor Boy program, luxuries afforded in no small part by its proximity to the ocean. I was also always struck by how easy it was to start an organization on campus. For example, there was no Model United Nations program available my freshman year, but with the determination of a faculty advisor and a core of dedicated students, the program came into being and has continued as a strong program after my graduation.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Though I was a day student, I spent a great deal of time in the dorms. The dorms themselves are very spacious and compare favorably to most college dorm rooms. Boarders always said that they truly enjoyed boarding because they got to live with their best friends. As a day student, I hardly ever felt left out of the boarding community, and in fact was so integrated into it that freshman year, most students assumed that since I didn't live in their dorm, I must live in the other freshman dorm, and vice versa.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food at Tabor was always great. With daily options such as salad, soup, freshly made brick oven pizza, a rotating meal-of-the-day, and panini sandwiches, it is difficult to become bored with the choices available. "Chicken Patty Day" always caused a great deal of excitement among the student body, and subsequently, particularly long lines in the dining hall. In fact, I would say that the food quality offered by Tabor is substantially greater than that of the university I currently attend.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Marion is very much a residential town. Despite its aesthetic appeal, the town does not offer much in the way of entertainment. Silver Shell Beach offers a convenient and oft-visited sunbathing or frisbee location, but overall, Marion is your typical sleepy New England town. Personally, I always enjoyed this, as it kept students' focus on campus and generated creativity when coming up with events, but I know that the lack of outside entertainment was frustrating for some students more used to an urban environment.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really enjoyed the relatively small size of the school. Tabor was very much a close, insular community. It was always the kind of school where you would walk down the hallways and students and faculty alike would say hello and ask you how your day was. Although campus-wide events were offered on weekends, the bulk of Tabor's social life seemed to revolve around the dorms.
|6:30 AM||Wake Up|
|3:00 PM||End Of Classes|
|3:30 PM||Beginning of Extracurricular Activities|
|7:30 PM||Study Hall Begins|
|9:30 PM||Study Hall Ends|
|11:00 AM||Wake Up|
|4:00 PM||Frisbee Game|
|5:30 PM||Hang Around Dorms|
|7:00 PM||Attend Weekend Activity|
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