Linden Hall School - Review #3
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2009-2014|
|Sports and Activities:||I participated in many activities such as tennis (team captain), 2 choirs -- Musea (secretary) and Women's Choir, drama, class leadership (alternatively Treasurer and President), student council, National Honor Society, school newspaper -- the Linden Ledger (co-editor), and math club.|
|College Enrolled:||Princeton University|
|Home Town, State:||Lancaster, PA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Linden Hall undoubtedly has great academics. However, what I believe truly sets it apart from other schools, especially other schools offering similarly rigorous course loads, is the community. We are a small school, which minimizes (almost to the point of obscurity) the prevalence of bullying. Being in a single-ed environment also limits social pressures. When I attended the school, we had around 240 students in grades 5 to 12, and everyone supported each other and got along. I was friends with students of all ages, and really benefited from the opportunity to foment friendships with older students, students my own age, and students younger than me. Even more amazing than the compassion of the students is that of the faculty and staff. I grew very close with some of my teachers, and always felt that they truly cared for my well-being.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think the best thing that happened to me at Linden Hall was learning to be a part of a community. In the school I was in prior to Linden Hall, I felt that I got a pretty good education but was in a social environment that was unfriendly and sometimes hostile. At Linden Hall, because I was supported by the students and faculty, I learned to be similarly supportive. I believe that this has made me into a better and more mature person.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
There is nothing that I would do different. My advice is for kids going to Linden Hall especially is to get involved in as many activities as possible. By really working yourself into the fabric of the school, you learn more from your school experience and also have the opportunity to make really great friendships.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
What I liked most about my school was the community. Few people look back happily at their high school years, but because I was surrounded by a caring community, I not only look fondly upon those years but also look forward to returning to campus to visit with younger students and with the teachers that I had.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you are visiting the school, you should definitely do a visit-for-a-day with a current student. I strongly believe that one of the best components of our school is the community, and the only way to experience this for yourself is to tour with a student and see first-hand how students interact with each other and how teachers interact with students.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
All of the classes are appropriately challenging -- a non-honors class at Linden Hall is equivalent to an honors class at many other schools. Because classes are small and the students and teachers are dedicated, we move efficiently through material and really learn everything in depth. The teachers really encourage students to participate, which enhances the learning experience.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
In terms of winning, our athletic program is not the strongest, but this is only to be expected from a school as small as ours that doesn't recruit athletes. However, I think this actually works to the advantage of students interested in doing a sport, as there is less competition among team members and it is easier to make the team. As a member of the tennis team, I found that all the members of my team supported each other and worked together. We emphasized having fun, improving our tennis game, and good sportsmanship over just winning, which made the experience a very valuable one.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I participated in music, drama, and photography, and loved every minute of it. In music, Mr. Walker was a fantastic instructor. I was a member in two choirs led by him, and felt that his group instruction was almost as helpful as having private lessons would have been. My singing abilities improved over the 3 years that I had him as a teacher, and I look forward to being able to participate in college because of the skills he has imbued me with.In drama with Mr. Foreman, I have had a similar wonderful experience. Having participated in the theater program since middle school, I can attest to the fact that my acting abilities progressed through my years under Mr. Foreman's tutelage. Drama classes, drama club, and play/musical practices were always fun, and we always put on a wonderful show.In photography with Mrs. Billett, I also improved a lot. I had never considered myself an artistic person, until I took a class with her junior year. Although I still believe that the ability to create art can't fully be taught, Mrs. Billett comes as close as you possibly can in her photography classes. She works with you through learning to use film cameras and digital cameras, and teaches you guidelines that can help you create great and interesting photos. I loved having her class!So I guess what I like most about the Visual Arts, Music, and Theater program is the faculty that we have. The school has great instructors that are experienced in working both with beginners and more advanced students, and the school equips them with all that they need to teach their classes.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I like most about the extracurricular activities at my school is the accessibility. It is very easy to join any club that you may be interested in, and also to start clubs that you would like to have. For example, in my time at Linden Hall, I saw the founding of at least 10 new clubs, from a Robotics Club, to a Operation Smile Club, etc. The clubs are there for students to act on their interests, and fulfill that job nicely.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a day student at Linden Hall, so I do not know very much about the dorm life. From what I saw, it seems like the girls always had somewhere they could go to if they didn't want to stay in their rooms -- they could go to town or to common rooms, and also had trips planned on the weekend. On snow days, the faculty would go into overdrive to find suitable activities for the boarders so that they would have something fun to do.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food's not the best, although there are definitely lots of options. Every day, there is always fruit, rice, a salad bar, and a sandwich bar. In addition, for lunch, they always have hot soup and 2-3 other hot meal options. You might not always like the options that you have for that day, but you will always have something to eat.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
What I liked most about Lititz is that there are a fair number of food shops. There's Sturgis Pretzels across the street from the school with $1 hot pretzels; Isabella's ice cream or Freeze and Frizz for ice cream; Ninos or Romas for Italian food; Dosie Dough for bagels or other pastries; etc. It's a nice and safe small town, and Linden Hall and the surrounding community have a pretty good relationship.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I liked most about the social life is that everyone is very nice and accepting of others. There's little social pressure and students go out of their way to make others feel comfortable. For example, Linden Hall is a place where I could openly be a math geek and not have to worry about being shunned.
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