Hargrave Military Academy - Review #1
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Rensselaer Polytechic Institute|
|Home Town, State||Traphill, NC|
|Years Attended Boarding School||2|
|Activities During Boarding School||I was a competitive USA Swimmer, practicing the duration of the academic year. Also, I was the Battalion Commander of the Corps of Cadets and the captain of the swim team. I was active in the Boy Scout troop, acquired the rank of Eagle, and served as a Assistant Scout Master.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The military aspect of Hargrave and the institution of the military model for the organization and function of the student body does well to develop in the students qualities such as leadership, integrity, self-discipline, and work-ethic.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me would be my achievement of an NROTC Scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I was able to do this through the doors opened to me by Hargrave. Also, I am extremely excited and confident to begin college, as I believe Hargrave has prepared me very well.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My advice is that you pick your friends very carefully. You will become what you associate with. Keep your goals in mind and do not be swayed by peer pressure.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I positively loved the military aspect of the school. I love the order, discipline, regimentation, and schedule. My ambitions are toward the military, and I believe it has given me a good start toward that end.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Work within the system. Fighting it will only make things difficult, and ultimately the school will win. When, you come, go check out the Quartermaster and tell him Harrison sent you. Lastly, Alpha Barracks(Barracks 700) is where its at.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked most the fact that all of my teachers were very accomplished and knowledgeable in their fields. The classes were very interesting and engaging (the majority of the time). Also, the teachers were always readily available if ever I needed extra help on a topic.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
As a USA Swimmer, I do not have a great deal of experience with the other sports groups. However, I liked most the fact that the coaches (particularly in swimming) are very accomplished. The swim coach has many years Olympic experience. Also, the facilities are superb.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Hargrave always had a wide variety of activities in which to participate on the weekends. These ranged from weekly movie trips to high level sports games (NBA, etc). Also, there are numerous clubs centering around a very wide variety of topics. Also, there was weekend paintball and a Tae Kwon Do program on Saturdays.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
As a military school, we lived on a barracks. Rooms are assigned and wake and sleep time is regimented. Food can be kept in rooms, but otherwise is not accessible during late hours. However, barracks life was quite enjoyable as it allows one to become very close to his fellow barracks mates.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Hargrave is situated just outside the small town of Chatham. During weekends cadets are allowed to walk into town where there are a few restaurants and coffee shops. Personally, I liked the fact that the area is rural and peaceful.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
We were a band of brothers and it was a lot of fun. There is a girls school across town, so on weekends company could be had in town. Because we lived on barracks, we became close friends with each other and always found amusing ways to have fun and entertain ourselves.
|6:30 AM||Mess I|
|12:30 AM||Mess II|
|1:45 PM||Academic Lab|
|2:30 PM||Individual Instruction Time|
|3:30 PM||Athletic Time|
|6:00 PM||Mess III|
|7:30 PM||Mandatory Study Hall|
|10:00 PM||Taps (lights out)|
|8:00 AM||Mess I|
|9:00 AM||Military Time|
|12:30 AM||Mess II|
|1:00 PM||Free Time|
|5:30 PM||Mess III|
|10:00 PM||Taps (Lights out)|
Alumni Reviews Review School
- Review Description
- Rensselaer Polytechic Institute The military aspect of Hargrave and the institution of the military model for the organization and function of the student body does well to develop in the students qualities such as leadership, integrity, self-discipline, and. . .
- RMCS Hargrave is a private military boarding school and offers the tremendous benefits inherent therein including discipline, structure, attention to detail and earned rewards and authority. Hargrave also teaches at the level the student is. . .
- Montgomery College The military life made for complete academic success. Sports were encouraged and competitive playing at the college jv level. Music program was awesome with band, chorus and the rock band. . .
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