Tabor Academy - Review #1
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Connecticut College|
|Home Town, State||Dartmouth, MA|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Crew, Squash, Library proctor, Student proctor, Head tour guide, Class officer.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Tabor has a beautiful campus with classrooms, dormitories, a dining room, and playing fields overlooking Buzzards Bay. Most college campuses strive to achieve such an aesthetic atmosphere, but could never compete. The faculty and staff are amazing and very involved in every aspect of life at Tabor. Teachers, coaches, and advisors live within the dorms with their own families and often eat in the dining room with their kids. Being able to see a teacher in the classroom and in everday interaction with their own family is definitely a unique feature of the school because it allows you to see that your teacher is also a human being and not just an assigner or disciplinarian.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I made some lifelong friends that have influenced my life more than most people ever will. I was much more prepared than my peers when I reached college.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would not have done anything differently.
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
I would never want to lose the friends that I have made, nor take away the memories that I have.
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
I guess if anything, I would say that they should not keep expanding. It is a quaint Cape Cod school and should not lose sight of that. Enrolling many students will make it burst at the seams and things will not be as special there.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I would suggest living in Lillard on the water. But the upper campus dorms are great for upperclassmen. Honestly, it is not really the dorm that makes the situation, it is the people that you live with in the dorm that are important.
1.) What did you like best about your schools academics?
The classes were small and allowed individual attention. There is extra help every morning so if you find yourself struggling with a homework assignment at night, you can get help/ explanations before class the next day. There are intro classes, AP classes, and even specially designed classes for students that surpass an AP level. The teachers are young and very engaged. They are always open for a challenge or question, and if they do not know the answer at that time, they will work (maybe with you) on finding the answer.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
I am not a Science person and did not like lab science at all. I wish that there were not as many science classes required which would free up more time for English/ History classes which I enjoyed more.
1.) What did you like best about your schools athletics?
The setting. The fields overlook the water and the cool breeze during a hard practice makes it all 100% better.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
That they built the new facility after I left. The hockey rink while I was there was outside (covered, but still outside) so it was COLD! Now, there is a whole new complex which leaves very little to dislike.
1.) What did you like best about your schools art program?
I loved that I was not a Picasso, but still had artistic options available to me. I loved to watch the plays and work in the ceramic studio, even though I would never get on stage nor make anything worth saving in the studio!
2.) What did you like least about your schools art program?
I did not dislike anything.
1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
You had to do something every season after school, but the choices were endless. From sports, to ceramics, to drama, to community service, there was something for everyone.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
There were so many choices that often I felt like I wanted to try something new but could not since I was already 'taken' during that season.
1.) What was the best thing about dorm life in your school?
It is where my real friendships were formed. I loved living with my friends and having them there for important moments in my/their life.
2.) What did you like least about dorm life?
The communal phone was tough sometimes. Occasionally you wanted to have a private phone call, but could not since there were 2 phones next to each other and someone would be on the other phone, and everyone else would be walking through the phone space.
1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
The setting was amazing. I had 3 meals a day in a gorgeous dining room overlooking the sunrise/ sunset over the water. The food was great, I loved the chicken patty sandwiches. It is cafeteria style with dress code most of the time which sometimes was messy but not too bad.
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
Sometimes the hours were not convenient. If I had first period free, I would have liked to have been able to sleep in and still eat. Also, sometimes it was annoying to have to change back into dress code after a practice, just for dinner.
1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
I loved it. You live with your friends.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
There was not a lot of diversity. There are a lot of international students and minority students, but they often kept to themselves.
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
Movies, dances, trips to Boston, swimming in the ocean, sailing, playing in sporting events, and cheering on sporting events.
4.) What was the town like?
There really is not a town to venture into. But the school did a great job with organizing off campus events.
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