Peddie School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2012-2016|
|Sports and Activities:||I participated in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Lacrosse, varsity honors in all three. I was also Captain of the lacrosse team my senior year.|
|College Enrolled:||University of South Carolina|
|Home Town, State:||Charleston, SC|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
While most boarding schools are smaller than public or even private day schools, Peddie was unique because we only had around 500 kids for all four of my years there. Another unique aspect was our resources and opportunities. We had a "FabLab" which was dedicated to robotics, a new(ish) athletic facility, not to mention the 6:1 faculty to student ratio.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing I took away from boarding school was the independence it provided. I was able to learn how to do most things for myself, and it has helped my transition into college a lot easier.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Something I would do differently is be more open. My freshman year I was used to having the same friends all my life, so I would probably be more open to making new friends.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked how much free reign we were given. It was designated when we had to get back to the dorm, but other than that we were completely independent.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The grille is a great place to meet people, and check out the athletic center. Its almost as nice as college athletic centers which is pretty neat.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I liked most about the academics was the small class sizes. There would be at most 15-20 kids in each of my classes for all four years. There was also a wide range of courses to take, and too many AP level courses to choose from.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked how I knew my coaches. Outside of lacrosse, the cross country coaches and track coaches were all teachers or faculty at Peddie. We also have an outstanding rivalry with both Lawrenceville and Blair Academy.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were over 50 student organizations/clubs my senior year. I was a part of the Bee Keeping club, where we kept and farmed bees on campus, as well as the grille club, where we would just grille burgers and hot dogs on occasion.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
For three out of my four years I was in a dorm with most of my friends. The dean of student life was open to putting us all in the same dorm, which was helpful. My dorm supervisors were helpful in regards to helping me with homework, or even putting in a good word for me with the other faculty. The dorm rooms themselves were better than the dorm I am living in now in college.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall food was decent at best. Most of the students complained, and the best food was always served during parents weekend or closer to the holiday seasons. My biggest complaint would be the times for dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner only lasted an hour long, so if we had night games we would have to go out to eat.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Great town life. Hightstown was far enough away from Princeton so that it wasn't crowded, but there was enough in the town so that we had options if we wanted to go out to eat, or just walk around.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
A small school means that you know almost everybody. You do end up separating into groups by sophomore year but everybody was generally friendly.
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