Loomis Chaffee - Review #9
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Mount Holyoke|
|Home Town, State||Willington, CT|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||I participated in choir all 4 four years and the higher level choir chamber singers as well. I also was in the club fencing sport and participated in tutoring via the schools community service program.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
LC has a work job program and every term, you'll be assigned a new work job to carry out. You may end up cleaning the art building, or sweeping the dining hall-everyone does one because everyone needs to learn how to do basic work. LC also has a much larger day student population than most of its peer boarding schools, making it less isolated from the outside community than usual.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
LC offers latin, which many schools are phasing out of their curriculum and I studied it all 4 years. Getting to read latin poetry is something I'm very glad I got to do.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I tried to join too many things and as a result didn't really get to enjoy any of them. Definitely try to limit yourself to a few key things you really enjoy and you'll have a much better time.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The teachers at LC are really eager to help you both academically and in life. If you show up to class and do your homework they'll give you the help you need to do well.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Go to the SNUG and get an egg and cheese bagel! Porter is the best dorm for girls.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I had good relationships with almost every single one of my teachers. There was enough class variety that I could choose to focus on what I wanted to academically, instead of just being sent through a path of generic requirements. I would sometimes go to my teachers outside classes for life advice or just to talk.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Sports are required every time. You can get out of the requirement only by doing community service or being in the theater production for the term. Dance counts as a sport. I never really participated in team sports but was on the dance team for 2 years.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was actively involved in the music department and took private lessons in both voice and cello. There are ample solo recital opportunities at recitals held during a free period break every several weeks. There are many good teachers for private lessons. Arts credits are required so everyone has to either join an ensemble for a year or take some arts classes.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Food at LC is pretty good, certainly much better than an average american high school. There is always pizza available if you don't like the main meal offering and the desserts very good. Since you don't need to swipe in-you can just walk in and get food, if your schedule permits you can go back and get food if you didn't eat enough the first time. Dinners twice a week are family style are have assigned seating and semi-formal attire.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There are a few good restaurants that you can walk to from campus as well as a grocery store. There are also some antique stores that you can ask to but besides that there isn't that much within walking distance.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school is big enough that you don't have to get along with everybody and there is a diverse group of people available to be friends with, but it's small enough that everyone more or less knows of each other.
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