St. Paul's School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2015-2018|
|Sports and Activities:||Wrestling Political clubs (Young Republicans / Democrats) Chess Club|
|College Enrolled:||Lehigh University|
|Home Town, State:||New York City, NY|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
One of the biggest qualities that stood out during my time at St. Paul's was the campus and the community. You will not come across a more beautiful campus in New England. Covering a span of around 2,000 acres, St. Paul's houses around 500 students that interact with each other during classes and during sports in the afternoon. Life at St. Paul's is usually fast paced, but can be slowed down if one wishes to relax for a bit, which you will find is needed.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
At SPS, I grew as a person socially and academically and I owe a lot to the community for helping me discover myself. The school is going through a tough time right now, but we are braving through and trying to make things better.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I probably would have thrown myself out there more since I didn't have too much of a social presence until my senior year. Seriously - you may have your own group of friends, but it is really important to at least create a basic connection with everyone you come across. It's hard, but you will realize that it is important.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The community and the people, as everyone is struggling, or having fun, together. You will make friends at SPS that you will have for life, maybe they're even friends among the faculty, you never know.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Definitely visit the school and tour, because even though the campus may be eye candy, you really need to have a feel for the school and whether you think you'd be a great fit. Having some friends before entering the school helps a lot as well.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are plenty of sports to choose from, whether you are a varsity player, or decide to play for fun. The hockey teams are especially strong.As a third and fourth former, you are required to play a sport all three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring). For your fifth and sixth form years, you are only required to play a sport for two terms out of the six. So you can play a sport during the Fall and Winter your fifth form year, and not have to play a sport for the rest of your St. Paul's career.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I spent all my years at St. Paul's in one dorm because I liked the location (Drury house). Among students, some say that some dorms are better than others, but in reality, they are what you make them as they all have their own strengths and weaknesses.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Concord is a small community, but it is still enjoyable. On weekends, students may take school shuttles into town and dine at restaurants, or go to Target and buy snacks or toiletries.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Your social life depends on whether you are a social person, as there are 500 students and everyone knows everyone. Everyone has their own group of friends but generally, everyone has some sort of connection with everyone.
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