The Peddie School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1993-1997|
|Sports and Activities:||Varsity Girls Soccer Team-4 years; captain Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team-3 years; captain Gold Key Society Head Tour Guide; 3 years Sophomore Class Vice President|
|College Enrolled:||Lafayette College|
|Home Town, State:||Hamilton, NJ|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Peddie was my first experience at a private school. The most influential part of my career there was the relationships that I made with my teachers and my peers. Even though I was a day student, I considered Peddie my home. It was a welcoming atmosphere and a place I wanted to be all of the time. After attending for four years, I can't imagine spending my high school years anywhere else. I was welcomed into the homes of my teachers and coaches and was an additional member of their family. I babysat for their children and felt like I was their big sister. While I graduated 6 years ago, I still feel this way with those teachers. Perhaps the best example I can provide was when my mother passed away my senior year of college. I had come home to attend the services and when I got to the church, there was a large contingent of Peddie faculty there. I was so touched that although I wasn't a student at school for four years, they remembered me and my family enough that they supported us during that difficult time.I find myself going to visit Peddie often when I am home for the Holidays. At times, it is to see the campus and the improvements that have been made. But mostly, it is to visit those faculty members that are now very good friends.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Trying to choose a career, I found myself reflecting on my career at Peddie often. I loved the experience. So, I decided to go back to boarding school. For the last three years, I have been working in schools. I stay in touch with my Peddie teachers often and try to gain some of their wisdom as I start my career. I feel so fortunate to have had that experience and I hope the students who I interact with feel a little bit of what I felt.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I think I would have applied to Peddie as an 8th grader instead of waiting until 9th.
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
The only improvement I think could be made is to offer the day students a place to stay overnight. It would integrate the community and make the boarder feel like the day students know a little about their life.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
One recommendation is to meet Franny in the snack bar; if she is your friend, you will never go hungry!The second is to value your relationships in high school. Your friends here will be the closest friends you make!
1.) What did you like best about your schools academics?
Peddie offered a challenging yet comfortable learning environment. I was given the independence to take risks in my studies and was urged to try new things. While the formal structure was provided in the daily schedule, classes were set up much like college seminars. I was pushed to go beyond what was expected and learned to love the process of learning... not just getting good grades.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
This was the best learning environment I have ever been in.
1.) What did you like best about your schools athletics?
I was an athlete from the minute I walked onto campus. I liked that the teams were competitive and that we played a solid schedule. As we got better, our athletic director made sure we continued to play the best schedule. I loved my coach! He was serious and made us work hard, but he also integrated team bonding and off campus activities into the program. The entire athletic staff was supportive and made sure we were equipped with everything we needed to be successful.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
I don't have a complaint!
1.) What did you like best about your schools art program?
Although I was an athlete, art was part of my academic schedule. I was exposed to different types are art classes and tried things I never thought I would be interested in. The facilities were amazing.
2.) What did you like least about your schools art program?
I would have liked the school to encourage me to take more than just the required art courses. Now that I am older, I have tried ceramics and photography and have developed a serious interest in that. I would have liked to have been pushed in that direction too, instead of being classified as an jock.
1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
The best part of the extra-curricular programs were that they were available to everyone. Peddie really promoted participation and if you wanted to be in a club or an organization, you just had to exert that energy. It afforded me the opportunity to become friends with people I wouldn't have really known in the other areas of my experience there.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
Like anything, as you start to focus your interests, it is hard to do everything. As a day student, my time was limited because I went home at night. It would have helped me to be more involved if some of the programs met during the day, rather than during study hall or at night.
1.) What was the best thing about dorm life in your school?
I was a day student.
2.) What did you like least about dorm life?
As a day student, there wasn't a whole lot of space for me in the dorm. I would have liked a space so that I could feel like part of the boarding population. (perhaps a common room for all the day studets)
1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
As a day student, I could eat any meal on campus. This was really convenient if my parents were away or I had to stay late for a meeting. I never worried about what I was going to do for a meal.
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
The NSOP (new student orientation program) was one of the best experiences during my first year. We were all broken up into groups and had student leaders. We played games and got to know each other. They also introduced us to the campus and walked us around to our classes. The night program culminated with a dance that combined new and old students.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
I always felt like Peddie was extremely diverse. That said, this extended beyond the race issue. I felt like the students were diverse in their life experiences and brought a lot to class discussions. I was never too concerned with this as an issue.
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
I was always at Peddie. On the weekends we played sports or hung around on campus. Sometimes we went to a Peddie student's home. The nice thing about the community was that I could bring my friends from home as well.
4.) What was the town like?
The town was within walking distance of school. There is a pizza place and a coffee shop. It was a nice little place to get away. Furthermore, Princeton was just a short distance away as well. It was easy to ask day students or faculty to take you into town if there was something you wanted to do or see.
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