Tabor Academy - Review #1
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Hamilton College|
|Home Town, State||Buzzards Bay, MA|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Winter Musical, Peer counselor, Track and Field, Crew, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Student Government, Proctor|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Tabor is best known as "The School by the Sea". It is a small boarding community in the quiet town of Marion, MA. Due to its unique location, every part of Tabor life is somehow connected to the water. From an excellent Oceanography program to our mascot the "seawolf", students at Tabor take pride in their school and its location on Sippican Harbor, only a few miles away from Cape Cod. Tabor is also a school where a student can 'find themselves' as I did. It was here that I came out of my shell and developed my interest in various activities such as pottery, rowing, community service, drama, and student leadership. The faculty become like second family and even 6 years after my graduation I still return to the campus to have dinner with the same teachers and their families who I knew so well as a student. I turned 24 last week and was excited to get a birthday card from some of my old teachers and even some of the kitchen staff! Tabor still remains one of my best memories.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I feel as if Tabor was a spring board to a successful four years in college and professional career. The connections I made during my time there have stayed strong and the things I learned have stayed with me. My teachers continually pushed and motivated me to try new activities and projects. When people ask me about my time at at Tabor I tell them that it was one of those unique places where I was able to discover myself and develop into a self-confident and independent individual.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I might have taken more instructional sailing classes!
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
The sense of community, the faculty/staff/student relationships, the location on the water!
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
I think as with any school, developing more sound methods of communication between faculty, staff, and students. I also think making a more active effort to place other activities and events on the same level as athletics might also be worth while.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The new snack bar, which is in the fitness center, is excellent. The chicken Maryland is probably one of the best dinners on campus. Late night walks along the harbor docks. Dexter and Heath are the best dormitories. Make sure you pack lots of warm clothes for the winter!
1.) What did you like best about your schools academics?
The academics at Tabor are strong. A dynamic faculty focus on developing students' writing and analytical skills in all subjects. One of the strongest departments in my experience was science, especially in the subject of Oceanography. With the close proximity to Woods Hole, MA, and a second state of art Oceanography lab, Tabor excelled in this area. Any student interested in hands-on projects in this area will feel right at home. There is a diverse selection of classes to chose from and the environment was competitive, but not 'cut-throat'. Students are held to a high standard and expected to complete all their assignments when they are due. With good time management skills, the workload was not overwhelming.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
The structure of the classes you could take was very rigid until my senior year. Your class options could only became more flexible after you had met all your required classes. This might have changed in the past few years.
1.) What did you like best about your schools athletics?
Tabor excells in sports. The cometitive spirit here is extremely strong and this can be seen during the annual "Surf vs. Turf" competition we have each year against our rival, Holderness. The new athletic center is amazing! It is much nicer than the facilities at many colleges I visited.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
Sometimes it might feel the athletic spirit is too strong - where sports seem to be a focal point of day-to-day happenings. Students not as interested in athletics will not be too turned off by this, however, as the art, music, and drama areas of campus life are also extremely strong and exciting.
1.) What did you like best about your schools art program?
I appreciated the fact that anyone could audition for a play or jump into an art class and learn a great deal about what they were doing. Over the four years I attended Tabor, I tried drama, music and art. I found that my interest was focused in the ceramics studio where I was able to develop my pottery skills. The ceramics professor who still teaches there today, Mr. Moglenicki was amazing!
2.) What did you like least about your schools art program?
There wasn't anything I didn't like about my experience with the art program at Tabor. It was comprehensive and I loved it!
1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
There was a variety of extracurricular activities students could take part in. Each activity has a faculty advisor and many students access the opportunities that aftershool clubs have to offer. I personally enjoyed trying clubs and activities I didn't know a lot about, specifically yearbook and adopt-a-grandparent. They both were great experiences for me! Since Tabor is so small, anyone can jump into an activity and play an important role in the functioning of that group. Students can also start their own club/organization if they are interested in doing so.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
Sometimes your schedule is so busy that having time for many extracurricular activities can be difficult.
1.) What was the best thing about dorm life in your school?
I was a day student, which comprises about %15-%20 of the student body. I was assigned a dorm and spent the nights on campus when I needed to. I felt very comfortable being a day student since everything I did was on campus. I was typically there from 7:30am to 8:00pm after sports and extracurricular activities.
2.) What did you like least about dorm life?
I felt the students were monitored extremely closely. I think the parents would like this, but students sometimes feel they need to ask permission to do anything.
1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
The food was excellent and the kitchen staff is extremely friendly. I am still good friends with two women from the kitchen staff! The dining hall has many options and I never had any complaints with the food or service.
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
I think my only complaint was the construction being done to remodel the dining hall. Now that it's finished it's beautiful!
1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
It is a quiet town, so there isn't much excitement going on in Marion during the weekends. Students don't need to worry about this because between homework, sporting events, and weekend activities planned by the school, they have plenty of options to keep them busy.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
When I attended Tabor, I felt the student body was extremely diverse. I can't remember the exact numbers, but we did have a fair amount of international students and students from diverse socio-economic and geographic areas. I still have friends I keep in touch with from high school who are from Korea, Thailand, and Germany!
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
Even though I was a day student I spent my weekends on campus to take part in sporting events and weekend activities. Usually there was something going on like a concert, dance, or movie. I was also able to sign boarding students out to my house during the weekends if they wanted to get off campus.
4.) What was the town like?
Marion is a small town. With that comes all the great town fairs, events, and sense of community. Boston and Providence are both within an hour drive and shuttles sometimes take students there on the weekends.
|7:30 AM||Arrive in academic center - extra help if needed|
|12:00 AM||Athletic game|
|8:00 AM||Go to snack bar|
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