Mercersburg Academy - Review #4

Mercersburg Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Tufts University
Home Town, State (Country) Connecticut, none
Years Attended Boarding School 3
Activities During Boarding School I participated in the band, the musical and some sports. The travelling time for sports is far because we are pretty far from other boarding schools. The music program is pretty good, and we have some super talented students in dance and theatre. School is very supportive to the programs and they are well-funded.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
We have sit-down meals everyday of the weekday. The tables rotate every two weeks so you really get to know different faculties and students. We also have Irving-Marshall week, so students are divided into two societies and compete in sports and a spoken word event at the end of winter semester. A lot of school spirit and really great event.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think boarding school really allow me to try things outside of my comfort zone and I grew up a lot as a person and picked up new interests and passions. I am a lot more certain of what I want when I graduated than when I started. I was shy when I first came in but I gained a lot more confidence.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would advise you to really try new things and challenge yourself. Do not waste your time on gossips and don't care too much for what people think. In the end it is your personal growth that matters.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I like the faculty the most. They are really the nicest persons that you will meet, and they have helped me so much in finding my path and grow up. I miss them so much.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Try MOE at least once in your time at Mercersburg. It is amazing.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I like the teacher-student relationship. All the teachers are really approachable and give really good guidance both inside and outside of the classrooms. The history department is very strong, and the teachers really care about the student's well being.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I didn't participate but the outdoor program is bomb, there are skiing, hiking, rock-climbing, biking and many other options. Since we are pretty rural, you do venture out into the wild, which is a rare experience.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The music and theatre program is not super but it is pretty good for a school our size. The visual art program is great. We have some talented students art show every year.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I like the variety, especially the outdoor program. You really get to try something new that you haven't done before. The club and organizations are a bit lacking, because most clubs are only in names and not that active, but that is changing from what I heard.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers live in the dorm with students. You get really close with people in your dorm because you see them all the time. The dorm rules are pretty strict but still very reasonable. We have a zero-tolerance policy so drugs and alcohol are strictly banned.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Dining hall is ok. Meals are mandatory which can be annoying at times. Freshman 15 is real because of the desserts you will gulp down.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town is tiny and there is not much to it. There are a couple restaurants in town but generally not much variety besides greesy pizza and fake Chinese food.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Everybody knows everybody, which can be a plus or minus depending on what you are looking for. It feels like a small liberal art college because you develop some very deep friendships.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Mercersburg Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   10/18/2017
    Duke University
    Opportunity and Community were the two buzzwords that largely encompass my Mercersburg experience. What lies between these two speaks just as loudly. There is a certain "presence of the present" that exists at Mercersburg that. . .
  • Mercersburg Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2017
    5 Stars   10/24/2017
    Georgetown University
    Building a sense of community is definitely a theme throughout boarding schools, but how well Mercersburg cultivates community sets it apart. Students are required to participate in an afterschool activity every term and since the. . .
  • Mercersburg Academy Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   8/28/2017
    College of William and Mary
    One of the most defining aspects of Mercersburg Academy, and one of the most significant parts of the school in my experience is the number of ways they encourage their students to either travel or. . .
  • Mercersburg Academy Alumni #4
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    Tufts University
    We have sit-down meals everyday of the weekday. The tables rotate every two weeks so you really get to know different faculties and students. We also have Irving-Marshall week, so students are divided into two. . .
  • Mercersburg Academy Alumni #5
    Class of 2013
    5 Stars   12/17/2016
    Hillsdale College
    This school is one-of-a-kind. I could seriously write for hours. I guess one thing that really stands out above all the rest of the amazing parts of this school is the Burgin Center for the. . .
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