Delphian School - Review #15
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2001-2006|
|Sports and Activities:||I played volleyball, basketball and softball. I was in four different drama productions. I participated in choir, art, student council, and a bunch more activities. I was the president of the student council in my last year, but I held several different other student council positions in the years prior.|
|Home Town, State:||Clearwater, FL|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
What was unique for me about my experience as a student at Delphian was that I was effectively taught some of the most important qualities in life that aren't always common to come across in today's world. Things like leadership, integrity, responsibility, care and tolerance. Basically I learned how to be a good person.A huge part of how Delphian achieved this is through the practical side of their program. While there was, of course, a strong focus on academics, there was also a very strong focus on actual doing and practical activities. Students were given jobs and projects around the school and outside of the school time and time again to really be able to learn from experience and have chances to fail and learn from failures how to succeed.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
To me the best thing that happened is that my viewpoint of life was formed in the 5 years that I was there. And the basic viewpoint is that I know I'm capable of creating a life that I want and that I'm responsible for my condition in life, not others. Not sure exactly how to successfully put it into words, but I realized that there's not really any good result from blaming others, but that I can handle things if I take action myself.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would've appreciated the opportunity even more and worked to get even more out of it, but mostly I have no regrets and loved it!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The lifelong friendships I created with people from all over the country and world.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I'd say that if you're not happy with your current educational situation or some aspect of your life, then know that something can be done to fix it and there are people that will do anything they can to help you.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics was a huge area of interest for me. Although a PE class was always required, I always did more than the requirement. I was always on a sports team, whatever was available. While I was in school we were never in the top of the league but we were never at the bottom either so we were decently competitive. I loved the team aspect and I was able to practice and learn how to work well with others through sports.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I participated in choir which was very fun. I wasn't very good but was able to greatly improve by the end and was given a chance despite lack of natural talent. I really enjoyed the drama productions I was able to be in (only two done per year) and I wish I had started earlier on those (I only participated my last two years).
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved most how much responsibility in the school the student council is given. So much trust and ownership was placed in the student's hands. I felt we were treated as adults and given real responsibilities. For example, students ran the dorms, students put on and ran weekend activities every weekend, students organized and participated in various volunteer activities in the local community, etc. The list goes on and on.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was great. In my first year, I was very homesick, but I quickly got over that as I was kept busy. I always found it easy to get the roommate I had requested. Not much to say here, but I had no problems with the dorms.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The school is in the middle of no where basically so I loved the beautiful country side views. The closest town wasn't the greatest, but we were often taken on trips to towns a little farther away that were really nice.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite thing about it is that there were no clicks. There was definitely a wide variety of people with different interests, different cultural backgrounds, different beliefs, etc. but I felt I was able to be friends on some level with everyone there. This was really great for learning to appreciate and understand other cultures and viewpoints other than your own.
|8:30 AM||class starts|
|3:00 PM||class ends|
|3:30 PM||first afternoon activity (many options)|
|4:30 PM||second afternoon activity (many options)|
|5:00 PM||third afternoon activity (many options)|
|7:30 PM||possible study hall|
|8:30 PM||possible student services|
|10:00 PM||dorm check|
|11:00 AM||possible study hall or student services|
|2:30 PM||possible study hall|
|7:00 PM||weekend activity (large variety, sometimes off campus)|
|11:30 PM||dorm check|
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