Howe Military Academy - Review #2

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Howe Military Academy
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About the Author:

College EnrolledPurdue University
Home Town, State Lake Zurich, IL
Years Attended Boarding School1
Activities During Boarding SchoolI started a running club that I was a member in. Participated in running club, football team, rifle club, and martial arts class.I was the Executive company commander of Alpha company.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
One unique aspect of Howe was that incorporated the military into every aspect of the day. From uniforms to the schedule it showed you how being in the military was really like and I don't believe there are many other boarding schools that would give you that experience. A second unique aspect of Howe was our senior projects that were required to graduate. These projects were designed to have the seniors give back to Howe and leave something that we would be remembered by. There were many creative ideas people came up with that helped benefit the entire Howe community.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I receive a 4 year full-tuition Army ROTC scholarship and Howe helped me receive that scholarship.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
There is nothing I would have done differently. But my advice would be to be open to the experience and understand that boarding school is much different than public school. There are more rules and restrictions because you live there.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Overall, what I liked the most was the opportunities that Howe provided me with. I had experiences that most other people didn't have and it helped me transition to going to college much easier.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
No, they show you everywhere around the school so just enjoy the tour and ask lots of questions!

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers were always available to assist the students with extra help if needed. They went above and beyond to make sure each student reached their full potential and succeeded. The class sizes are small to provide student one-on-one time with professors. I graduated as the valedictorian of my class and Howe helped me achieve that. The school has an academic system that rewards you for good grades and does not reward if you do not do well. This helps motivate many students. The workload given is never too much to handle but does not leave with complete open time. It's a good balance between classes and the homework given.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletic program requires students to participate in a sport during each season (fall, winter, spring). There are a variety of sports for each season and if you do not want to participate in a particular sport you can participate in a PT platoon for one of the seasons. While the school is small, sports is still a big part of the school. The facilities are decent, they could be better but for the size of the school, it is acceptable. The coaches are all teachers or faculty of the school.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I do not remember having this type of program. If we do, I did not participate and have no information on it.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Most of the extracurriculars were sports but there were additional activities that you can pay for like scuba diving. There was the National Honors Society for academics. There was Rangers which is a group that does extra physical activities and events.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Being a female, there was only one dorm for us. The building was two floors but we only had enough girls for one floor to be open. The TA lived in an apartment that connected to the barracks. Each room had a bunk bed, two dressers, and two desks. There was a common room (like a living room) with couches and a TV. There was a room with a fridge, vending machine, and microwave.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall was separate from the barracks and the company marched to the dining hall for each meal. There were only particular times to eat meals. Depending on the company, would result in where you were allowed to sit. For example, all companies sat together for breakfast and dinner. During those meals I sat with the company commander and the first sergeant and the other cadets sat a different table. During lunch, you were usually allowed to sit where you pleased.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
There was a small town surrounding Howe that you could walk to. It was cute and quaint and had a few restaurants or shops. If you needed to go shopping, we would cross over into Michigan to shop at a Walmart.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
It was easy to get to know people and make friends. It was a small community so when we had free time, it was easy to meet people.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
6:00 AMWake up, get ready, chores
7:00 AMBreakfast
8:00 AMSchool
12:00 AMLunch
1:00 PMSchool
4:00 PMSports
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PMHomework
8:00 PMHomework
10:00 PMBed
Weekend
10:00 AMWakeup
11:00 AMBrunch
12:00 AMFree time
6:00 AMDinner
7:00 AMFree time
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