Middlesex School - Review #17
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Middlebury College|
|Home Town, State||Brooklyn, NY|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Small Chorus Theatre Student Activities Committee Dorm Proctor Senior Class President|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The small size makes it really easy to get to know the teachers and establish a working and comfortable relationship with them.It also gives a student a community feel with not only the teachers but also with their classmates. Also, it is mandatory to participate in sports at Middlesex. While this may seem like a hassle, but it allows kids to not only bond with their classmates in a place other than the classroom, it also allows students to branch out and try things they have never tried before
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me was trying out for my first musical my sophomore year. I had never planned on doing anything theatrical but I got in and got a pretty decent part. This awakened me in a sense, and gave me the confidence to try new things. It gave me the mental strength and the self assurance to run for senior class president and it gave me the confidence to actually win. Quite frankly, that's what Middlesex excels at. It actually does find the promise.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have tried to not try to figure it out so quickly. I was frustrated my freshman year just because I couldn't get Middlesex and it brought me down a little bit. But eventually midway through my sophomore year, I started to get it, and I settled down. So my advice would be: Don't rush it and don't worry. You will get it.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the faculty. They genuinely care about their students and I have some bonds that can never be broken. I think Middlesex is one of a kind in that aspect. I would actually play video games with my math teacher and go to see shows with a fine lady that worked in Admissions. They love working with high school kids and they love what they do and that really impressed me.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Clay dorm is great for making lifelong friends
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at Middlesex is very rigorous. It is by no means a cakewalk. However, though the work is very challenging, the teachers at Middlesex are very eager to work with students and very understanding of their struggles.Some of the smartest people I have ever met in my life are teachers at Middlesex, and they are true masters of their subject.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics at Middlesex are fine. As I said before, you have to participate, and I don't mind that all. I love that this school puts an emphasis on being active outside of the classroom and that it encourages you to branch out and be well rounded. There are a fair amount of sports to choose from and Middlesex is also fairly competitive.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
First and foremost, all of the teachers in the various arts departments genuinely love and care about what they are doing. They are eager to help students get better and love giving students the necessary tools to excel. There are so many opportunities for those who are very serious about the arts like joining a small chorus, or trying out for leads in various plays, or taking an AP art class. Likewise, there are lots of opportunities for kids to get involved that are not quite sure if art is their "thing", such as joining the Chapel Chorus (which requires no audition), or just trying out for a regular part in a musical or a play.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are so many extracurricular activities at our school that it gets to be overwhelming at times. But the thing is, if a kid is doing a lot of extracurriculars and are doing extracurriculars that they truly love doing, he or she will feel very busy, but it's okay because they are enjoying themselves. There are a variety of clubs to join, from serious ones like Gay Straight Alliance or Spectrum (diversity club), to joke-ish ones like Sandwich Club or Cute Little Animal Club. And of course, if none of the plenty of clubs call to a student, they can easily just create one
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life, to me at least, was the best part about this place. The dorm is where you undoubtedly meet and hang out with the best friends that you will have for the rest of your life. Rooms are decently sized but I wouldn't expect a big room until your senior year. You usually live with the other members of your grade so that you guys can bond, which is a pretty cool setup.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I think this is the area that the school has to improve on the most. Though the food is not terrible, it takes some getting used to, and sometimes the food is repeated. All in all, you can usually find something to eat, whether it be a bagel, or pasta, or some cereal. There is no assigned seating, so mostly students can sit wherever they want.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I for one, love Concord. It is always peaceful and filled with kind people. I was lost once and could not find a barber shop. I guess it was clear I was lost because a lady stopped and asked what I needed. I told her and not only did she tell me where it was, she offered me a ride. Quite frankly, the fact that I wasn't abducted, robbed, or injured completely surprised me seeing as how I'm from the city.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Social life takes some getting use to, but everyone finds their niche. IT's a small school so you will know mostly everyone. I personally like this, because I like being able to go into a room and know that I will have at least one friend in there. I don't feel lost in the crowd at all and the size helps make me make friends.
|1:00 PM||Free afternoon|
|12:00 AM||Hang out on the circle with friends|
|2:00 PM||Start doing work and laundry|
|4:00 PM||Break/ hang out with friends|
|7:00 PM||Clean room|
|9:30 PM||Hang out with friends or watch some tv|
Alumni Reviews Review School
- Review Description
- Northeastern The community that is centered around the circle is welcoming, and the nice fall and spring days leave the students socializing on the circle during free blocks throughout the day and in their free time. . .
- UMass Lowell The entire experience was not only unique, it was life changing! It opened my eyes and mind up to world I wasn't familiar with. I was able to meet, connect and bond with students from. . .
- Davidson College My favorite Middlesex tradition is the end of the year dorm dinner. It is a time students come together to be grateful for others in their dorm and show their gratitude for each other. My. . .
Whether a school uses the Harkness Table™ or doesn't use the Harkness Table™ is a matter of teaching style worth exploring in some detail.
Teaching in a residential school brings its own challenges as well as some very powerful advantages. Here's how to survive your stint as a teacher in a boarding school.
Applying to boarding school is a long process with many parts to it. This checklist will help you organize the process and manage your time efficiently.