Stevenson School - Review #3
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Santa Clara University|
|Home Town, State||Stockton, CA|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Technical Theatre, Musical Theatre, IT Services, Student Government, Prefecting in dorms, Student Tour Guide, Science Club, Radio ManagementI helped run the after school technical theatre program, held various higher positions on Student Council, was a prefect and head prefect, Station manager and Webmaster of the radio station, president of the science club.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The most striking thing about Stevenson School is the immense support system at so many different levels. No matter what issues you may face, there is the exact person you need to help you there.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing I did was take advantage of everything. I had more friends and confidence than ever--you will too.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Stay open minded. I came in as a very introverted and shy kid. Pushing myself, I have so much confidence and social skills. Push yourself. Be open. Stay confident. Things will go perfectly.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Most of all: I loved the support. Simple as that.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Again, keep an open mind. Atwood is an incredibly nice dorm, as is Barrows. Everyone wants to help--let them.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics are what you make of them there. They can make it so your year is not filled with much work and not very challenging, and they can make it so that you want to pull your hair out and cry. With that said, the number of different courses to take is amazing.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Because there are no PE classes, there is an after school sports requirement. Freshmen and sophomores must have four days of sports per week, while upperclassmen two days. Everyone must have one term of a "team sport" per year. As a massive nerd, those requirements made my stomach sink. Thankfully there are ways around this. Students may work in the tech centre, work in the theatre, or do things like dance and yoga.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The theatre program has been making a lot of changes over the years--for the better. Students are becoming more autonomous with just the right amount of guidance. There are tons of options for involvement. As far as visual arts, there are so many options that I, a person who has zero artistic skills whatsoever, found myself taking multiple classes. The most impressive part, however, is the music program. Jazz band, musical theatre orchestra, chorus, vocal lessons--the possibilities are endless.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There a so many extra-curriculars that your head may spin at first. Apart from all the clubs, there are sports, leadership opportunities, volunteer work, and more. Anyone who takes advantage of Stevenson School will find themselves doing multiples of these.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
All meals are included in tuition, but none are required. Coming in as a picky eater, I wasn't sure that I'd find something to eat. There's a cereal bar, bread bar, hot bar, ice cream machine. There are two main dishes for every meal plus numerous desserts. There are lunch meats. You can have some rice. Get creative and make a pizza. Get lazy and order a pizza.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Being within a forest, there isn't much within 15 minutes by car of the school, but once you get out there in the neighboring cities of Monterey and Carmel, there are tons to do. Go window shopping. Go to the mall. Go see a movie. You'll have a great time.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
It doesn't matter if you're a day student or a boarder--you will have tons of friends and you will know everyone.
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