Kent School - Review #3
About the Author:
|Home Town, State||Waltham, MA|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||Crew Orchestra Math team Robotics team|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Our campus was right next to a mountain and a river, so hiking or playing in the river was a very common activity when the weather was good. We also had mandatory chapel service three times a week.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
When I was taking my CS course my senior year, thanks to my great teacher, I found a passion in computer science, which is what I'm pursuing in college. I also learned a lot of social skills, and it definitely prepares a person for dorm life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would pay more attention to the things that I could only do in the school, such as swimming in the river with my friends, or any other sports, or the clubs that I was interested in but never joined.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked how it was a very tight community, especially the fact that everyone said hi to each other when passing by, although we didn't even meet each other formally before.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
If you go to the snack bar, get big breakfast. I would recommend hoerle, but you can only live there as a junior or a senior. Field dorm is also a good call because you don't have to walk outside to go to the dining hall when it's raining. Also make sure to check out the little creek behind the lacrosse field.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked how the teachers were always very accessible for the students, because most of them lived on campus with us. I did not think the workload was overbearing, and I was satisfied with the diversity and depth of classes provided.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The dance team had some interesting performances, and there was one mandatory art course. The music department also offered private lessons for instruments and singing, and one term of music theory was also mandatory - or two terms of orchestra or concert band.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked the robotics team a lot, we were one of the only boarding schools to have a FIRST robotics team. We received a lot of support from the school as a part of the STEM program. There were also a lot of different activities, ranging from bell ringing to adventure club, so I would say there was enough diversity.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There was always an open cereal bar, and during meal times, the dining hall had a salad bar, stir-fry station, sandwich station, pizza station, dessert station, and the regular food station. Even when I got tired of the food, I could always cook up meals from the stir fry or the sandwich bar.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town was very accessible, and had a lot of quality stores. We could go shopping in thrift stores, or go out to eat in a diner when we wanted brunch.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Because it was a small school, everyone was always everywhere. You at least learned the name of everybody in the school by the end of the school year, and usually knew everybody at least secondhand from all the activities/classes they took together.
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