Westminster School - Review #2
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2008-2012|
|Sports and Activities:||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.|
|College Enrolled:||New York University|
|Home Town, State:||New York, NY|
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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