Brewster Academy - Review #2
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||University of North Carolina|
|Home Town, State||Kingston, NH|
|Years Attended Boarding School||1|
|Activities During Boarding School||There are so many organizations that every student has access to at Brewster. The leadership program was particularly interesting as it formed a group of students that were willing and eager to promote spirit and involvement in other students. Many of the students involved in the program were ready to drive their own learning and promote their peers to do the same.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Most people are attracted to Brewster for the campus, but the community is worth so much more than the photographs. In all my years of education, I have never met faculty and staff so devoted to my learning, growth and development. I made connections at Brewster that I am confident will be life long. It became a home away from home.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Going into BA, I was an average student with average expectations. Coming out, I am incredibly driven and outgoing. The best qualities I had but never utilized were brought out at BA. I came out a better person, a happier person because of Brewster.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have been involved in three varsity sports instead of two. I had so many friends that played hockey. I wish that I picked up the sport in high school. Two wasn't enough! I was involved in so many things, and I wish I could have done more. I wish that sailing didn't over lap with soccer season, I wish that I started as a freshman instead of a sophomore. I wish I could have stayed at BA for longer.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved everything at Brewster. I was challenged to the point where I could blossom into a better academic, and a better person. I embraced emotional literacy and I am now prepared for college in a way I knew I would have been had I stayed in my old school.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Mason dorm was my home for 2 years. That is where the majority of my happiest memories take place. I would also highly recommend using the lake in the fall when it is still warm. Go to every sporting event, and the more you involve yourself and apply your best attributes, the more fun you will have. Don't be shy. I highly recommend new students take up a fall sport. It is a great way to meet people going into the year. It is helpful to know some people when you arrive and preseason (getting to campus early) definitely helps.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the personalized classes. The different levels accommodated all of the students, I was always being challenged, but never overwhelmed. The stad grouping also helped me retain information and adjusted me to enjoying group work.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Brewster is sometimes referred to as an athletically oriented school. I would say I do strongly agree. I would say the majority of students participate in athletics beyond the requirements. I think the teams are well bonded and it is a fabulous way to make friends.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was less involved with the theater program but always loved attending events. There was no stigma or barrier between the athletically oriented and the theater oriented students. Many students participated in both. The facility is brand new, Anderson Hall, and is beautiful.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Every single weekend, there is a new community service opportunity. There is always an option that fits everyone's schedule. Extra-curricular actives are a big aspect of the school. Many students are involved in some way, whether that is a club, or leadership program. There is always the opportunity to develop a new club on campus. I would say it happens every year depending on what the student body is passionate about.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was phenomenal. I met my best friends in my dorm, I lived with my best friend for two years. They do a wonderful job at matching roommates. The dorms become very close every year. They become families within the bigger community. The rooms are big and always have good views. After your first year at Brewster you can also request roommates and dorm preferences.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall, Estabrook (Esta) is the main dining hall on campus. With such a small school, we do only need one but for late night snacks, Three Sisters Country Store, across the street offers fried food and convenient snacking options. The bobcat den (on campus) is also a good option. Students utilize the town as well to satisfy their Sunday morning breakfast cravings.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Wolfeboro is simply amazing. The lake offers such a unique aspect to the school and the quaint town is equipped with all the essentials. There is everything from food to shopping to renting paddle boards. There is not an instance where one will go down town and not see another group of Brewster students.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The connections made at Brewster will last a lifetime. I have made sisters at Brewster, friends I consider family. The faculty and staff also adopts every student as one of their own. I became so close with countless elders, still keeping in close touch after graduation.
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