Westover School - Review #3

Westover School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of New Hampshire
Home Town, State (Country) Litchfield, CT
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I have played on the varsity soccer and tennis teams all four of my years here at Westover. I served as soccer captain for both my junior and senior years and served captain of the tennis team my senior year. I began playing squash as a freshman but in my sophomore winter switched to swimming where I served as captain my senior year. I played the handbells and piano. I have taken multiple ceramics courses and several drawing courses. I am the First Head of the Athletic Association, which means I am one of our seven Heads of School. I work closely with our Director of Athletics, Tiz Mulligan. I also meet regularly with the other seven heads and our Head of School, Ann Pollina.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Form the moment you walk into the great yellow walls of Westover, you are greeted with smiles. Westover's community is close-knit and comfortable. We not only support each other, but also push our friends, teammates, classmates and roommates to do better in all that they do. Our teachers reinforce this in the classroom with extra help in one-on-one conference time. Teachers are dedicated to making sure every girl is doing the best she can. Westover is a welcoming place to learn lots and to make lifelong friends.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I am most grateful for the friends I have made at Westover. I know that they are lifelong friends and will never lose touch with them. I have grown with them and been through so much with them.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would not do anything differently. I would tell people to love who they are and to accept and love who everyone else is.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Westover is home to me. I love its people the most.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out the student center! Brownies, cookies, milkshakes, smoothies...all made fresh daily.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics at Westover are rigorous, but manageable. With interminable help from your teachers and support from your classmates, you will succeed.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Westover's athletics are competitive. On every team by every coach, Westover athletes are taught the greatness in sportsmanship. Whether we win or lose, we are taught to shake our opponents hands with grace and humility.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The arts program at Westover is outstanding. We send poets, painters and actresses to national competition.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Every student at Westover is required to complete four hours of community service every year they are here. I know that girls are surpassing that minimum greatly. Students race to sign up for the soup kitchen and the relay for life walk. Westover girls love giving back to the community.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is entertaining. Our dorm parents cater to each girl, whether they serve your favorite snack on your birthday or that favorite tv show on any given night of the week. Unlike many other schools, Westover boarders spend much time in their dorm parents apartments. The apartments are opened at 9pm for all girls to hang out.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall is very "home-y." The Westover dining hall staff are so friendly. We received an email from Robert, the baker, asking us what desserts we would like to have during the last week of school because he knows we are leaving. That shows how generous and dedicated the staff are.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town are Westover, Middlebury, is a cute New England town. There are a few family-oriented restaurants and ice cream parlors. The Dunkin Donuts and Froyoworld are often visited by many Westover girls. Middleubry is a small, safe town.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Westover offers many trips to surrounding malls, restaurants, mini golf, bowling...etc. There are usually dances with boys schools on saturday nights.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:00 AMGet up!
7:30 AMBreakfast
8:00 AMMorning assembly
8:15 AMClass
9:15 AMClass
10:00 AMBreak! Snack in the dining room
10:15 AMClass
11:00 AMFree period!
12:00 PMLunch!
12:45 PMClass
Weekend
9:00 AMClass
10:30 AMFree!
12:00 PMLunch
12:30 PMLeave for sports game!

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Westover School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/4/2016
    UMBC
    Westover School is unique because of its community. No other school I have visited or heard of has the atmosphere Westover has. Each of the students have unbreakable bonds with each other and the faculty;. . .
  • Westover School Alumni #2
    Class of 2013
    5 Stars   7/9/2013
    Boston College
    Westover School is unique, for one, because it is an all-girls school. Being one of the few remaining all-girls schools in the surrounding area, Westover strives to instill in students qualities of independence and confidence. . .
  • Westover School Alumni #3
    Class of 2013
    5 Stars   5/30/2013
    University of New Hampshire
    Form the moment you walk into the great yellow walls of Westover, you are greeted with smiles. Westover's community is close-knit and comfortable. We not only support each other, but also push our friends, teammates. . .
  • Westover School Alumni #4
    Class of 2007
    5 Stars   12/17/2007
    Vanderbilt University
    Westover was one of the best places I have ever been in my life so far. Coming from Hong Kong, I came to Westover without visiting the school at the age of sixteen as a. . .
  • Westover School Alumni #5
    Class of 2006
    5 Stars   7/21/2008
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Westover is definitely a school set apart from most boarding schools. The faculty are unlike most a student may encounter. The school has "conferences" where teachers meet one on one with students to give them. . .
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