Suffield Academy - Review #6
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2011-2014|
|Sports and Activities:||Varsity Football, Golf, Leadership|
|College Enrolled:||University of Miami|
|Home Town, State:||Mystic, CT|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I applaud Suffield on several things but perhaps the most important is the way they have modernized. I have attended other schools that stick to the traditional boarding school model and do not stray an inch. Suffield maintains traditions at the same time adapting to modern day changes. Examples of this include their traditional sit down lunch complimented by a buffet dinner, or the incorporation of their four-year college counseling program.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Suffield gives students the opportunity to grow into adults. You gain a sense of independence with the comfort of knowing you have support if needed.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Much as you find out in college, it is important to get out of your comfort zone. I recommend this from day one for anyone attending Suffield or any other boarding school. Go to the union and talk to people you don't know, try out for a varsity team, eat dinner at a different table than your "norm"
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Majority of the community wanted to be there. This really made a difference. Being surrounded by students and teachers who enjoyed the place where they spent their lives brings out the best in people. Suffield is a happy place which makes learning and living more enjoyable and brings out success.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you get in, go. If you go, don’t take those bagels for granted, unless you are going to college in NYC, it is tough to track down a bagel comparable to the snack bar’s.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Proximity to the airport, local restaurants and large retail outlets are at an arm’s reach, it makes a real difference compared to being out in the “sticks”.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
…it doesn’t stop. It is as active as any school I have seen with both boarding and day students. Cliques are not a thing at Suffield, everyone is more or less friends regardless of class, origin or gender.
|7:30 AM||Wake up/breakfast|
|8:00 PM||Study Hall|
|10:00 PM||Lights out|
|2:00 PM||Game Day|
|8:00 PM||Movies, trip to town, sporting event....endless weekend options|
|11:00 PM||Socialize in the dorms|
|12:00 PM||Lights out|
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