Loomis Chaffee - Review #11
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2013-2014|
|Sports and Activities:||Football, track, and I was the women's basketball team manager.|
|College Enrolled:||Stonehill College|
|Home Town, State:||Alcoa, TN, TN|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The location of the school in Windsor, CT that was formed into basically an island. This provides some security and well as comfort for the students and faculty living on campus. The campus also was very diverse and that provided for an excellent opportunity.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
One of the best things that happened was me speaking in front of the entire school. It was a little nerve wrecking, but for my first speech that is something I truly enjoyed. Also, being apart of that football team with all those guys honestly made my experience exceptional. I was completely on my own, so to be in that position forced me to grow.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have just said don't think about everything so much. Yes, societal pressure and societal expectations can be very real and at times tough to deal with , but there is nothing more beautiful than someone who accepts themselves. The times we spend focusing on ourselves and what we think people are judging us for is wasted thinking. Just live. Take it one day at a time.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I truly appreciated the diversity amongst the people. There were so many interesting people, whether they be students or faculty. That provided for the best experience for me.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Taylor dorms is where it's at! Mr. and Mrs Hutch are amazing people. The entire football coaching staff is amazing as well. My last words of wisdom of would be, if it only benefits you, sometimes it's not worth it. But as a good friend of mine that I actually met at Loomis told me, "You gotta take care of #1."
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I thought was unique about Loomis was the amount of diversity amongst the students and the faculty. There was a wide variety of ethnicity across the campus, and that made it a comfortable experience. Also, the setup of the dorms and the snug hangout spot was honestly a defining characteristic of Loomis. The campus was big enough not to feel crowded and small enough to get around relatively easily.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was not involved much in this area, but there were always a variety of programs/shows. I remember there were times when both guys and girls performing. These were athletes and non athletes.Overall, the arts at Loomis were exceptional.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There wee many activities for people to do, but I recall the environmental activities were exciting. There was a class where I was learning about different animals around campus, the leaves, trees, etc. It was a new experience to learn about the environmental makeup of the place around me.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I enjoyed the camaraderie of all the guys. Even if they didn't play sports everyone bonded and respected one another. We had a curfew and check in, but honestly it allowed us to stay focused and out of trouble. We also had study hall, and that provided some structure within the hectic and heavy course load at times. I had a single with a guy from Brazil and a guy from Queens, NY. That was a tight setup at times, but it was a good time.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
At the time I complained about the dining arrangement, but it was fine. We always ate and there was always food. The free ice cream after meals was cool as well. The snug(lounge) was a cool place. It has been remodeled since then, but even before that was the place to be.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town was cool. The island was separated by its encirclement as well as a railroad that a train crossed. The town had nearby stores, restaurants, and spots to buy any small groceries. The setup was absolutely amazing for a student that was from out of state. You could just walk to town and get whatever you need.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
At the time it was a little difficult. I was a student from TN, so being in CT by myself was not always easy. However, I had a great group of dorm heads and peers at the school. I enjoyed the social aspect as well as the opportunities that were provided at Loomis. The football and track team made for an even collection of people to turn to.
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