The Webb Schools - Review #14
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Barnard College|
|Home Town, State||Moreno Valley, NY|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Orchestra Basketball (MVP and Captain) Volleyball Soccer Water Polo Community Service Council (Prison Library Project Chair) S.M.A.R.T. (Principal Member)|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The campus is beautiful and Claremont is a perfect high school student area. The village is a simple and easy place to hang out. I also really enjoyed the school related events such as Webb Day (athletic and intellectual competition between classes) and Theme Week (a week long competition between classes that takes creativity, discipline, and class spirit into account).
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I have become someone extremely independent and hardworking. Webb showed me how to work on my own for my own benefit. Living on your own makes you mature in ways that are difficult to grasp if you have not shared the experience. It also teaches you to work for yourself versus working to please your parents.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have spent less time on campus and explored options outside the school. It's important not to let Webb become everything you do.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
My favorite thing about Webb would have to be the students. The students are the best people I have ever met.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I recommend Jones and North Hutch as the best dorm. Sergio's tacos as the best meal. The Crossroads and the village as my favorite hangouts. Mr. Dahlstrom and Mr. Valera as my favorite teachers. Ms. Mantooth as my favorite person in Alumni relations. Jack Coberly as the best coach. (Volleyball) I would not recommend joining women's basketball.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite class was AP English Literature (with Mr. Dahlstrom). I loved that it was a class discussion and not a lecture. I really benefited from hearing multiple views rather than just the teacher's. I also enjoyed how I was able to have actual relationships with my teachers. I think it's a defining experience about Webb to actually get to meet and know the teacher's because they have views that are often very different from the views of a teenager. The workload often seems very heavy, but you learn to adapt and it's very helpful to prepare for college.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics were not particularly phenomenal, but because of that we all were able to play and have a good time. My volleyball team even made CIF a couple times which was awesome. My greatest problem with the athletics was the women's basketball program. The female varsity basketball coach actually forbade me from playing on either the JV or Varsity team because she said I "would upset the chemistry of her team." Even when I had been allowed to play I had a total play time of 4 minutes throughout the season along with several other girls and we were constantly and demeaningly referred to as "the bench" even in practices. At a small school like Webb where the teams are fairly unspectacular it's absolutely ridiculous that any students were not allowed to play or if allowed had less time in a game than the time it takes to take a shower.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is a wide variety of activities and I enjoyed all of the activities I did. Specifically, I enjoyed working in the Prison Library Project in the village. It gave me a different view of our prison systems -- the view of the prisoners.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved living in the dorms. It's truly a defining experience to live on your own away from your parents. I loved getting to have a single in Jones, my favorite part was that one complete wall was a window. It's made the room awesome to live in.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I really loved getting to got o the village and hang out. I also enjoyed the trail up behind the track -- it's a great hike and a beautiful view.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There weren't any cliques in my class and I loved having a small class so I got to know everybody in my grade.
|9:00 AM||AP Lit English|
|11:00 AM||AP Spanish Lit|
|9:00 PM||Study hours|
|1:00 PM||Free time spent in the Village or Crossroads|
|7:00 PM||Free time spent at the Movies|
|11:00 PM||Return for check-in|
|3:00 AM||Hangout with friends|
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