Linden Hall School - Review #1
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Davidson College|
|Home Town, State||Phillipsburg, NJ|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Student Council, Vice-President Residence Life, RA Debate Club, President Linden Ledger, Editor-in-Chief Model United Nations Theatre productions: Steel Magnolias, The Imaginary Invalid, Annie, Motrek, The Homecoming Varsity Basketball Varsity Soccer|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Linden Hall is very unique in its high level academics. I felt completely prepared for college through standardized test prep and challenging coursework, as well as interactive class discussions and effective writing assignments. The teachers at LH are second to none, and I am very grateful for their commit to help you succeed - both in and out of the classroom. They are ALWAYS available to answer questions and will make time to help you understand tricky concepts.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I scored a 5 on all of my AP tests, and received a high score on my SAT test. I feel as though my development in this arena would not have been possible without the guidance of my teachers at LH. These scores helped me be accepted to my top choice college.I also learned so much about living independently, managing my time, and being self-sufficient. These skills helped me transition quickly to college life, and I was already used to being on my own, but knowing when to ask for support.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have taken advantage of more of the cultural opportunities offered through weekend excursions. LH students are lucky enough to experience Philly, NYC, and downtown Lancaster without having to pay for travel. The breadth of museums and cultural festivals that we offered transport to is impressive, and I recommend that everyone seize the opportunity to go on as many trips as possible.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
My favorite part of LH was the supportive faculty and challenging, yet rewarding academics. My teachers truly pushed me to work beyond the usual expectations and interact with and obtain knowledge that I continue to use in college and beyond. I am so grateful for this experience, and I am forever indebted to my teachers and peers for creating such a nurturing, exciting environment in which to learn and grow.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out the Castle dorm - one of the oldest parts of LH! Also, I love the library, so be sure to stop by. The Mary Dixon Chapel is beautiful and old, so I definitely recommend taking a few minutes to check out the beautiful artwork and peaceful atmosphere inside.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics are challenging but wholly rewarding. Teachers are extremely committed to helping you succeed, something that is facilitated through the "Academic Help" time after school everyday. The workload is significant, but there are many resources to help you manage your time and commitments. A variety of classes are available, and I benefitted a lot from our range of AP courses. Because of the credits that I earned through the excellent test prep at LH, I was able to skip some of my general graduation requirements at Davidson and enter higher-level classes. While students are very dedicated to their studies, the competition is healthy and rewarding, far from negative and cutthroat. Peer to peer support comes first, and I am so glad to have benefitted from this environment.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I enjoyed the accessibility of our athletics program. Because LH is such a small school, there are little requirements of talent to play on the varsity sports teams. I joined Varsity Soccer as a junior with no prior experience and had the best two years of my life with my team. The coaches understand the challenging academics, and they are glad to work with you to accommodate your needs and schedule - especially before the SATs and during college application season. The facilities are wonderful, and I enjoyed using our fitness room.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the accessibility and diversity of the arts programs. Each instructor was top notch in his or her craft, and they were all excellent at making classes interactive and immersive for participants. The size of the artistic community was large enough that it was diverse, but small enough that each student had ample time to develop individually with attention from the instructor. The school is very committed to arts, and the work that students produce is amazing. Many students take AP Photography or AP Studio Art, and they usually receive top scores.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are extracurricular activities for any interest. I loved participating in Model UN, Debate (both of these included travel and conferences at universities!), the Linden Ledger (student newspaper), the Echo (the nation's oldest literary magazine), and Student Council. Just as importantly, however, there were plenty of volunteer/extracurricular activities for those interested in different areas. A few that stand out include riding lessons, Robotics Club, Creative Writing Club, Club Med, and Day of Caring. Each student is required to fulfill a certain amount of service hours every year, and LH does a great job of providing a diverse array of interesting opportunities to do so.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite part of the inclusive dorm life was living and becoming close with my classmates. Rooms are spacious, and many include sinks. The restroom facilities are clean, recently-renovated, and easily accessible. Students are able to order delivery food at certain hours, and many keep snacks in their rooms. The dorm parents are nurturing and supportive, creating a family-like atmosphere within the different dorms. Switching dorm rooms is simple if necessary, and the residence life staff is eager to help mediate issues between roommates or with amenities
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I really enjoyed that we always had a salad bar at every meal. The dining is open everyday and on weekends, and there is always a variety of meals to choose from. Besides salad, there is always toast, peanut butter, jelly, soup, and vegetables with rotating options of proteins and desserts. The dining hall is set up with many, smaller round tables, creating an inclusive, family-style atmosphere. Seating is not assigned, but students feel free to sit with any group or table because of the inclusive atmosphere.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Lititz is one of Pennsylvania's hidden gems. One of my favorite parts of LH was being able to go for a walk around "America's Coolest Small Town." Lititz includes several restaurants - ranging from pricey to cheap. There is also a CVS within walking distance and a few, small boutiques. The central town park is green and full of life. LH also offers weekend trips to the nearby grocery stores and shopping malls. The small-town feel, however, is one of the best parts. Students always feel secure and happy walking downtown.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the fact that, at an all-girls' school, we did not need boys to have fun! We had plenty of parties and events amongst ourselves that were just as entertaining as the frequent dances with nearby boys' schools. That being said, I always had a ball going to one of the more local boys' schools. It was fun to meet new people with my LH friends, but my favorite part were the busrides to and from. These trips were opportunities for excitement, laughter, and music that relieved some of our academic stress in a safe, fun environment.
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