Westminster School - Review #1

Westminster School
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled New York University
Home Town, State (Country) New York, NY
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I played soccer, squash, and lacrosse. I was lacrosse captain by my senior year. For activities I was in Black and Gold (Campus Tours), John Hay Society (Chapel program and fund raising), Multicultural Club, Investment Club, and dorm prefect.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The atmosphere of the campus was amazing. The actual layout of the campus made it very easy to feel like a close community. We gathered as a school pretty often and that made us a very tight knight community. The small classes (4-16) made us focus strictly on the material which is an unrivaled way of learning.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing would be the friendships that you've made. I still keep in touch with my closest friends, and see them pretty often. At Westminster, teachers believed in me and that gave me the confidence to be a better public speaker and overall a better citizen.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I probably would not have done any that much differently. Any mistakes that I've made made me the person I am today. You should definitely learn from your mistakes. I would probably try to train more to make the varsity team, actually.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The people and teachers. All the teachers were very receptive and they truly cared about us. The campus itself was beautiful and it got more beautiful recently. The community life is like not other and it is something I will always cherish.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Be confident. Don't fear rejection. Live in Memorial. Go Martlets!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics are rigorous and challenging, but the professors are also there for you. You have all the resources to succeed. Since it is a boarding school, and you are independent you can face distractions but that is part of growing up. It actually teaches you to be responsible and mature. Teachers are also attentive to any problems that you may have, both personal and academic.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our sports teams were top notch and very competitive. Our lacrosse, hockey, squash, and field hockey usually won championships during my time there. Sports are mandatory and it is a great form of bonding even if you don't consider yourself athletic. Attending the games was also very fun. One of the most memorable experiences was attending the hockey games.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our theatre was very nice. We had a couple of plays a year, but since sports are the majority of the extracurricular the theatre program isn't the most popular.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were a lot of extracurricular activities at Westminster. You could be part of the acapella group, tour guide club, photography club, investment club, dance club, music club, ski club, and others I am forgetting.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was the best. During my time there there were 6 dorms, 3 for each gender but after I left more were built. All the dorms now have high-end finishes and spacious rooms. Each floor has a common room with TV and games. Also a small kitchen.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Food was great. Three meals a day. As much food as you want. For breakfast: tater tots, potatoes, eggs, coffee, muffins, bagels, toast, french toast, bacon, etc. Memorable lunches were: tacos, chicken nuggets, chicken parm, burgers, turkey. Formal dinner as a school happened twice a week with family style seating.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Great town for a boarding school. Simsbury is a very nice suburb of Hartford and has all the things you would need. Pizza place, Chinese food, Japanese, Italian, and American. There was supermarket. You could also get a haircut. Best part is that these were all in walking distance. There were also vans that took you to Walmart and other places that required driving.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
You will know everyone's name. Social life is promoted by dances, concerts, school events, hanging out at the student center, and the dorm life. Teachers are usually aware of the social life on campus so any deviation usually gets corrected.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Westminster School Alumni #1
    Class of 2012
    5 Stars   1/18/2017
    New York University
    The atmosphere of the campus was amazing. The actual layout of the campus made it very easy to feel like a close community. We gathered as a school pretty often and that made us a. . .
  • Westminster School Alumni #2
    Class of 2011
    5 Stars   2/28/2012
    Elon
    The teachers are always available and more than happy to help any student with anything even if it's not for their specific class. The sense of community between the students, faculty, and staff is like. . .
  • Westminster School Alumni #3
    Class of 2009
    5 Stars   2/28/2012
    Connecticut College
    While Westminster, is a similar size to many schools, the general atmosphere on campus is one that cannot be replicated at any other school. The faculty and staff are committed to fostering relationships with the. . .
  • Westminster School Alumni #4
    Class of 2007
    5 Stars   2/28/2012
    University of Richmond
    Someone once said, " From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it." This holds true for Westminster's sense of Community. We are one. . .
  • Westminster School Alumni #5
    Class of 2007
    5 Stars   5/21/2012
    Washington and Lee University
    Westminster is uniquely a close knit community, which produces well rounded kids. Everyone must participate in an after school activity (usually sports, community service, theater) every day- 6 days a week. Family style dinners are. . .
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