Lincoln Academy - Review #1
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Fordham University|
|Home Town, State (Country)||Dhaka, none|
|Years Attended Boarding School||2|
|Activities During Boarding School||Model UN club, debate team, National Arts Honors Society (Community Service Officer), International Club, JV Tennis.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
It is located in midcoast Maine, in a very small town. What makes Lincoln stand out against other boarding schools is the fact that it also caters as a local school to teenagers from surrounding towns. Therefore you actually get exposed to a wider demographic of students rather than just the "rich prep school" students.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I learnt to be self reliant and be more aware of different cultures. It also helped me learn to balance work and dorm life, which is currently helping me get through college lol. I have definitely become more open minded with my views of different cultures, beliefs and so on.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Don't fake illness to miss out on those mandatory trips! They are there for a reason. Also, be sure to socialize at the cafeteria during meals. Maine is a pretty isolated place, so it can get pretty lonely fast if you don't interact with the ones you live with on a regular basis. Also: it's okay to take less academics based subjects. I cannot stress this enough and I wish I had taken less APs and have had more time to just interact with people.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The friendly environment in general. I originally come from a big city so no one actually said hi to each other when they saw them on the streets, so the change of environment was a pleasant experience for me. Also, being near the atlantic ocean is pretty dope as well.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Call dibs on the triple rooms (for girls). You get more space lol.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
You had a lot of options in terms of classes.Aside from the mainstream academic classes, Lincoln has an ATECH building where a wide array of tech related classes are held. Examples include architectural drafting, intro to robotics/ engineering, CAD, digital media and technology, etc. Then there's also a great route for arts students, including ceramics classes, metalwork classes, AP art and so on. Lastly comes the options for visual arts students, with an award winning theatre program and a very well trained choir group. Workload varies depending on your classes, so of course you're going to have to deal with more workload if you're taking APs or honors level classes. One thing to note beforehand, grades are not weighted according to the difficulty level of the classes.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was never that involved in athletics so therefore I can't say much about this. However, Lincoln does offer a wide range of sports in terms of athletics, including soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse, swimming, track, cross country, field hockey, and so on. Participation is not mandatory but if you do participate at a certain level you often get exempted from taking some mandatory physical education classes.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked that there was a wide array of choices. Lincoln Academy's debate team is definitely one of the best in the state. If you'd prefer a less competitive ECA, I'd recommend Model UN. Model UN trips are super fun as you get to stay overnight wherever the conference is and it's just generally more entertaining. Lincoln also has a SCUBA course and offers a Marine Exploration certificate if you take classes in correlation to that course, so that's definitely unique.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Different floors for boys and girls, unlike college. But it feels like one big family at the same time. Since boarders share a lot of communal space, you eventually have to get to know them. Late night food access is very limited, so be sure to stock up on groceries during those Hannaford supply runs.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Dining was by far the most problematic. Especially if you're an international student. Everything, (and I do mean everything, is cooked in butter). I gained around 20 pounds during my first six months. So if you're not very careful about what you eat, you're very likely to gain weight. Hours are very specific, and on weekends you only have lunch and dinner. Also: Dinner is from 5-6 pm. (Yes, mainers eat dinner early). After that, your best bet to find food is to walk down to best thai or the publick house downtown.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Since it's a small town, everyone's super friendly, especially to the international students. It's very safe, probably one of the safest places in the US (I am not exaggerating).
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I got to meet a lot of people from different countries, and I loved socializing at the cafeteria during lunch and dinner, as well as during those mandatory trips on the weekends. Trust me, they are there for a reason.
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