The Stony Brook School - Review #6

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The Stony Brook School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1980-1984
Sports and Activities:Work job captains....prefects of dorm .....and track and field
College Enrolled:St Josephs college
Home Town, State: Patchogue, NY

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The moto was character before career so while paying for education we were assigned work jobs and had to take turns waiting on tables for the staff and other students
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I made a lot of friends that I will always consider as family. We literally grew up together with each other as immediate family. I became so much because of what I learned about myself and the world in those years. 30 years later I still talk with and visit the people I lived with and visit the campus yearly to feel the rinfers of those days at The Brook
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Just to be open to new experience and different people. I also would encourage kids to be themselves and not try to impress others . I personally would have tried harder academically if I could do it again and not fight my being there so much. I wanted to be home and continue at my home district which was not a good place for me. As a kid we don't always know what is good for us until we are older.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked the staffs involvement in our lives. I liked the structure and the routine. I liked the multicultural and diverse population. I adored the physical campus which was so prep school like.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The campus is adorable and so welcoming. It has been a long time.since I there but the religious bend of the philosophy us very nurturing.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers live on campus or in housing within walking distance . There is never a time when you are unable to get help with academics or social issues. Being away from home poses issues that are addressed by the dedication of the staff to the whole child and not just their academic part. Also, attending chapel daily regardless of religious affiliation allows for personal reflection and a sense of connection to a higher calling. People come and talk to students about life obstacles and personal conflicts allowing students to get lessons on many personal levels. Finally, this is an international School, with students who are very wealthy and come from heavily connected families. I traveled vastly visiting classmates all over the world and was exposed to vast differences of culture. However, there were also student who were children of missionaries and we're very service driven and not concerned with materialistic wealth. When at SBS it did not matter where you came from. It only mattered what you did with the experience of being there.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Every student had to be involved with a sport and an activity everyday after academics . As an overweight teen who was rather shy this was hard at first but then became the norm and looking back forced me to try new activities and push myself to be apart of a team. This was invaluable to my overall growth as a person.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is an arts center in campus which housed the plays and the artistic work done by staff and students. I was not apart of anything related to this other than enjoying the many productions my friends participated in, exposing me to many great pieces.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I enjoyed being apart of groups in my dorm or in my classes or on my track team. Feeling connected is something that benefits kids on so many levels. Self esteem is created when you're encouraged to push yourself and you fail and succeed within a safe environment. There was little pressure to be the best just pressure to get involved .

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the dorm life...general inspections..daily routines of making beds and learning to live with others in such close confines. The best of times were had late at night talking to roommates or raiding the boys dorm or having socials with the kids in the other dorms. There was an identity that ce with each dorm that became like a community onto itself.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
We all worked in the kitchen helping the cooks and the cleaners and today I carry many of those lessons into my own kitchen. They no have salad bars and very diverse food options, renting food courts. We had fresh bread daily and had assigned seating that rotate monthly allowing you to meet others and each table was headed by a teacher and their family which fostered a home like environs to share daily happenings with.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Stony brook is a quaint town with a rail road for easy access to new York city.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was a lot of structured activities like dances and movies etc. But there was a lo down relaxing time to balance the routine and active demands of the weeks academics and sport regiment

Daily Schedule:

7:00 PMStudy hall
11:00 PMLights out
10:00 AMChapel
1:00 PMSunday dinner
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