The Hotchkiss School - Review #4
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2009-2013|
|Sports and Activities:||I was one of the co-captains of the cross country team. I played ice hockey and track. As for student organizations, I participated in theatre productions as a crew or an orchestra member a few times. I was also an editor of the school newspaper, the Hotchkiss Record. I headed HTV, a film club.|
|College Enrolled:||New York University|
|Home Town, State:||Seoul|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
One of the main aspects of Hotchkiss that makes it unique from other boarding schools is its Main Building. There is one central building that houses most of the academic classes, the dining hall, the library, the administrative offices, etc. The students, faculty, staff, and families all gather during the day in this building, creating a sense of community.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I've met my advisor there. We still keep in touch. He still gives me life advices and invites me back on campus whenever I'm nearby. He helped me mature enough to go to college and even when I was doing my military service, he always showed support and kindness. He was a great mentor and a great teacher from day 1 of freshmen year of high school.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My biggest advice for anybody going to boarding school is to enjoy it. Because everyone's very ambitious, people tend to forget the beauty around them. Hotchkiss is an amazing place and people tend to forget that in midst of the academics, sports, etc. It's important to take a step back once in a while and be grateful for everything and to just to enjoy the view.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the people. Hotchkiss provided us with a sense of community. Even now, years after Hotchkiss ended and we're well into our college and adult lives, my best friends are friends that I made at Hotchkiss.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Final words of wisdom: try to visit all of the cabins in the woods. Hotchkiss is surrounded by the woods and there are cabins dispersed within it. Most Hotchkiss students go through their high school career not having been to many of them. I highly encourage you to take the time and effort to visit at least some of them. Take a friend with you, take a book, take your drawing pencils, whatever it is---- go enjoy the campus and the life that you have at Hotchkiss!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The faculty is amazing. Because a lot of the classes are taught around a harkness table, we are constantly engaged in discussions that continue outside of the classroom. The faculty lead these discussions in the classroom and instill inspiration for the students to take it elsewhere. They are incredibly supportive with all aspects of the student life.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the camaraderie formed through sports. Everyone is required to play a sport, thus making it impossible to not meet people that you wouldn't have gotten to know otherwise. The mandatory participation allowed us to create new friendships that I still maintain today.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The facilities are amazing. Especially for music and visual arts, because the classes are housed downstairs of the Main Building, the students are look out over the golf course and the lake. It's an amazing view. It's inspirational. And of course, there are so many opportunities to develop your craft and they come slamming in front of you.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Most extracurricular activities are optional, but most everyone participates in them. It's a great way to make friends and perhaps learn something new. Some clubs tend to be more intense than others, but it's really about how much you put into it. Many of the clubs are student-run, meaning that although there is a faculty advisor, the students make the decisions and run the clubs. The students are always encouraged to try new things. There are a myriad opportunities for grants and allotments to accommodate these ambitions.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Every weekend, there was a bus that ran from the school to Millerton, NY, a small nearby rural town. We could get snacks and go to local restaurants. There was also a movie theatre there to catch up on the latest movie.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the fact that it was centered around the Main Building. A lot of the students would hang out there after classes ended and in the evenings. Even without cellphones and internet, the social life at Hotchkiss never ended because we were always surrounded by each other.
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