Westtown School - Review #44
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1977-1980|
|Sports and Activities:||Chorus, theater, tutoring disadvantaged kids. Many student activities that build character and critical thinking skills.|
|College Enrolled:||Widener University|
|Home Town, State:||Cheyney, PA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
This school is grounded in making their students thoughtful, socially aware, kind, able to think critically, be outstanding and productive citizens. High expectations and help to get there.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I grew up and gained confidence in myself and also became self-disciplined enough to succeed professionally in the world and make a huge difference in many lives as a caring competent nurse-midwife, delivering close to 3000 babies.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I was very shy and I took a long time to realize that these fellow students were kind, caring, and in a way, as close as my family. We still stay in close touch and look forward to our yearly alumni day.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The fact that it was a quality Quaker school, not teaching us dogma, but critical thinking skills and helping to shape our characters.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
It is competitive, so if you get in, you can be assured of a caring thoughtful community and rigorous academic standards that help build character and skills to take you successfully through your life. It also eased the teenage angst and anger and rebellion I felt with my home life, and boarding at the school improved my relationships with my family. I really cannot say enough good about this school.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was on the archery team. Loved it. Liked tennis. Did not so much love field hockey or lacross. I understand the boys basketball team is world class now. Track and field, soccer,baseball were all popular and competitive.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Tutoring disadvantaged local kids. I particularly liked the Religious Life Committee (Quaker). Westtown sent a few buses of well chaperoned students to the famous March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous, "I Have A Dream" speech.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
It was great! I did not have my parents yelling at me to clean my bedroom or do chores. I did have chores assigned to me by the school, but I was happy to do them as it contributed to school life. I had good roommates and never had any problems with anyone on my dorm. I made wonderful friends who are still close.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There is a dining room that serves very good food. They are socially conscious and green at this school. The food is good and there is plenty. Plenty for vegans, gluten free, special diets, etc. When I was there, it was assigned seating which changed each month so we would see a diversity of faculty and students. A faculty member sat at each table and ensured that all of us practiced exquisite manners. The leftovers went to a local pig farm, where the pigs dined well.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
It was in a rural community, now it is very suburban. The nearest town is West Chester, a couple of miles away which is rated as one of the best college towns in the US.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
We had dances, gatherings of all sorts, movie nights, speakers, famous and semi-famous alumni who spoke, sang danced or gave us talents. Thought provoking speakers who spoke on social, political, religious issues. David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon came to a movie night, as Susie Eisenhower was a student there. Her Grandfather Dwight Eisenhower came to the school in his helicopter and I remember speaking to him and shaking his hand.
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