The Taft School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2012-2016|
|Sports and Activities:||Theatre Volunteering Head of Gospel Choir Admissions Council Member Head of Open Mic Club Dormitory Monitor Acapella Member|
|College Enrolled:||St. Olaf College|
|Home Town, State:||Robbinsdale, MN|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
We had the Jigg shop which was a central hang out spot for ALL of the students on campus. If you wanted to find someone, they were most likely in the Jigg.At Taft we had morning meeting and assembly where 4 times a week, the whole school would gather and would have community time based around a guest speaker or a fun performance etc.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
My favorite things was being given the lessons to learn how to create music instrumentals, writing classes and the knowledge of recording studios to create a full length album. It taught me so much about perseverance and focus and truly helped me grow.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have gotten more involved in the things that I liked. If I could have gotten into the things that I wanted to earlier I would have joined my clubs earlier and enjoy my freshman year more. I would recommend going for what you are interested in and you will find friends in those activities.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the freedom that I had to express myself. While I was there, I was able to release my own album and was given a platform to stand up for what I believed in at the school.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I would recommend that as a new student coming to Taft, one should make sure that they are strong in their values because being away from home can cause people to conform, but the best way to bee is yourself no matter how hard it feels.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Athletics program was mediocre my whole time in school. I did not go to the games for the wins because we did not get any, but I went to the games for the feeling of being apart of the school. Our whole school showed up to the games to cheer on our teams but that was where I found the most community.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
These departments were my favorite thing about Taft. The great thing about these departments was that they allowed students to take control and go wild with their imagination and live out their dreams as an artist.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Taft mandates an extracurricular activities which I personally loved because it kept me balanced and involved and at the same time always introduced me to new friends. The theatre department was incredible and so were the music departments.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The community in the dorms was great. Our motto on my floor all 4 years was "HDT - where boys become brothers" and it spoke for itself. We had great dorm activities and spent a lot of time together building a brotherhood.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town are found Taft is a small and fun town. Everything around it is very accessible and if you need to have a break, you can take the bus to thee bigger city of Waterbury. It is all accessible and fun.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really enjoyed that it seemed like everybody was from a different place in the world so with that I had friends from all over and there were a lot of different perspectives.
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