Choate Rosemary Hall - Review #3

Choate Rosemary Hall
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Boston College
Home Town, State (Country) New Haven, CT
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School As far as sports go I was a varsity wrestler and I absolutely loved it. I also did cross-country and got to meet a lot of different boys from every grade. The one volunteer program I was extremely active in was Adaptive Swim where I swam with members of the community with mental or physical disabilities.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Choate has a large campus but many of the dorms are close together which creates an awesome, close-knit community. It also has one of the best reputations for boarding schools in New England which makes students that attend very attractive to top-notch schools.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
One of the greatest things I got out of boarding school was just the friendship I was able to make. My roommate and I are best friends and even enjoyed going to class to see my teachers. Choate has a challenging environment but it helps you grow and discover yourself. Personally, I am much more confident in myself and I found out what I'm truly capable of when I work hard and do my best.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Perhaps I would have gone out more with friends instead of hanging around on campus too much. Although there is nothing wrong with being inside dorms and just having fun, there is still a lot of stuff to do in the town and it's nice going on mini-adventures with friends.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked the people I met, the teachers I had, and the fun times I shared with those closest to me. Choate offers you great opportunities and you should take advantage of as many of them as you can.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Choate is a great school that only gets better the longer you stay there. Even though I admit that I had a rough transition just because I wasn't used to being away from home, I'm glad I stuck it through because I can't imagine myself having gone somewhere else.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Even though the work was challenging at times, it all very well prepared me for the work I am doing in college. Choate really shapes its students into smart and well-rounded people that can take on any task and can work well under pressure. Choate definitely has a very competitive environment but at the end of the day, everyone is happy with where they are. If you are struggling, the teachers are all willing and happy to help and some may even live in your dorm!

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Choate offers many different sports at the varsity, junior varsity, "thirds," and intramural levels. They really encourage you to try something new and you can always work your way up levels if you find an interest in a sport. We are generally really good in many sports and the school has its fair share of student athletes.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
At Choate, there are a lot of talented students that can play instruments, act, and sing which just adds to the great diversity on campus. We have a building dedicated just to the arts which also hosts many theatre and musical events throughout the year. The school does show a deep commitment to the arts and encourages its students to explore and find their passion.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
It seems as if there are hundreds of clubs and organizations that you can get involved in so can rest assured that you will find something you like and want to be involved in. If not, Choate also encourages students to form their own clubs and helps with the process. Many students like to get involved and what I really liked about the extracurricular activities is that they were a great way to meet new people and branch out.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I absolutely loved living in the dorms at Choate. Many are well-kept and close to the academic buildings. There are singles, doubles, triples, and a few quads throughout campus and I have been in all of them, and they have all worked out fine. Many dorms to "food-runs" to one of the many fast food restaurants nearby or they can buy food from one of the vendors (pizza, chinese food, etc.) that come to campus.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There is one large dining hall in between the academic buildings which gives it the best location. The food gets better every year and they're usually open from 7am-7pm. The best thing about the dining hall is that it's also an all-you-can-eat buffet so you never have to worry about a meal plan. The cafeteria is also just a great place to sit and talk some friends.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Wallingford is an awesome town and there's plenty of stuff to do if you ever just want to be out and about. It is a safe and friendly town with a handful of restaurants in walking distance and even more as you branch out. There's plenty of fast-food places and a movie theater that's a popular destination on the weekends.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are usually fun dances every other weekend on campus and a bunch of other stuff that the school organizes to keep you busy. This can range from ping-pong tournaments to paintball to a movie night. You can always just hang around in the dorms with your friends or go out to somewhere nearby. You can always find something to do and its usually fun.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
9:00 AMClass
10:00 AMClass
11:00 AMFree
12:00 AMFree/Lunch
1:00 PMClass
2:00 PMFree
3:00 PMClass
4:00 PMSports
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMClubs
Weekend
10:00 AMWake up
11:00 AMWatch TV
12:00 AMBrunch
1:00 PMHang out
2:00 PMGo swimming
3:00 PMHang out
7:00 PMDinner
8:00 PMGo out
9:00 PMMovies
10:00 PMHang out

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni #1
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   11/28/2016
    Brown University
    Choate has a welcoming and diverse student body. It is the perfect size student body and the perfect size campus. It is a tight knit community and in my experience felt supported personally, academically, and. . .
  • Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni #2
    Class of 2015
    5 Stars   7/23/2016
    Columbia University
    I think Choate is a lot less traditional than many of its peer schools, which was one of my favorite things about the schools. Choate has an open campus, so it's not as isolated or. . .
  • Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni #3
    Class of 2012
    5 Stars   12/20/2012
    Boston College
    Choate has a large campus but many of the dorms are close together which creates an awesome, close-knit community. It also has one of the best reputations for boarding schools in New England which makes. . .
  • Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni #4
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    New York University
    It is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding school that focuses on small classes and extracurriculars. Choate features many signature programs such as the Science Research Program, Capstone, Directed Study, Term Abroad, and Environmental Immersion Program. Environmental. . .
  • Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni #5
    Class of 2010
    5 Stars   7/19/2011
    University of California, San Diego
    Academic excellence aside, what distinguishes Choate is the culture of caring promoted throughout the campus. The faculty and staff show a genuine care for the students' development outside of the classroom. As a. . .
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