New Hampton School - Review #2
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Hobart and William Smith|
|Home Town, State||Norwich, CT|
|Years Attended Boarding School||1|
|Activities During Boarding School||At New Hampton I was a member of the equestrian team and was a tour guide.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
One important aspect of the school is the technology. Due to the school's sponsorship each students get their own iPad which is set up to have grades, assignments, ways to take notes, textbook, and more. This program helped me to develop better strategies of organization and studying, as well as time management skills.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
One of the best things that happened to me were the people I met and all of the relationships I formed. I grew so much in my short time at NHS and wouldn't of changed it for anything. I appreciated the openness to try new things and all the different opportunities that I could have.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My only advice is to try new things and take a leap of faith. Even if something is completely outside your comfort zone why not give it a try, it will play off. My best memory of this was the first time I got on stage at improv. My teacher made me do something he knew I was scared of, but I did it, and it was one of the best experiences that made me comfortable to go on the stage several times after that.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The community. The dorm parents, friends from all over the world, the teachers and advisor.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Take a class with Mr. Sampson.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite part about NHS was the relationships that I built with my teachers. I felt more comfortable to be outside my comfort zone in a classroom setting where my teachers were welcoming and friendly. Even after I have graduated I have been able to keep in touch with many of these teachers and use them as references. I built most of these relationships inside the classroom as well as in the cafe, walking around campus, dorm parents, and coaches. Another great aspect of NHS was the variety of classes that you can take. Some of my favorite classes were the art classes and theatre classes. Having access to different types of classes such as these broadened my opinions of the arts and free to express my creativity.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
NHS had a large range of athletic programs to choose between as you had to choose one each season (fall, winter, spring). This gave you the ability to focus on athletics or decide you want to do other things. Depending on the sport ranged the level of competitiveness and depending on what level you participated in (JV, Varsity, Club). However, the school held much pride in their great athletic programs.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
One of my favorite parts of NHS was the arts program. Depending on your interest you can take music classes, focus on theatre, or art classes and there were never few to choose from. I admired the displays of art around campus and the concepts that were often held. Many students even recorded their own music and do theatre as their afternoon activity. My art class was one of my favorite classes that I took in high school and where I was constantly pushed to try new things or experiment with whatever I wanted to try.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Volunteering was a large part of the school with a couple of days dedicated to helping out the surrounding activates and some project week trips focused on volunteer work (project week is the first week of spring break where each student must choose something to do whether staying on campus for small activities, IB work, or traveling to Europe).
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I really liked that the dorms were much smaller than many other schools and were more house styled. My dorm only had about 18 students living in it. I loved this as you can get close with the people in your dorm (especially being new).
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There are plenty of options especially if you are vegan or vegetation. In addition, there are plenty of ways that you can make anything you want (sandwiches, salads, etc.) with the panini makers, salad bar and more. It was especially great on Sundays when they would make omelettes, bacon egg and cheese's, or anything else you could want at brunch. We also did have dress dinners about once a month where you would dress up and sit with an assigned table.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There isn't much surrounding the school. Advisors often took students out but there isn't anything in walking distance. However, you can order in food at any time form local restaurants.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I transferred from a different boarding school and was beyond amazed at how kind, open, and welcoming the community was to me. I felt comfortable almost immediately. There was also a common area where everyone would hang out and where I made most of my friends, one of the best areas on campus.
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