Phillips Exeter Academy - Review #18
About the Author:
|Home Town, State||Rye beach, NH|
|Years Attended Boarding School||1|
|Activities During Boarding School||While attending I was part of the track and field team as well as the soccer team.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Harkness Program is a wonderful experience. Average class size is 13 and the setting of the oval Harkness table ensures all students are front and center.The School makes athletics mandatory, but does not have to be interschool sport. (Cycling club, Fencing, Skiing..etc)Top students from around the world make this a diverse learning experience.I feel this to be one of the top educational systems in the World.One of the largest endowments of any high school in the world.36 years later and I'm still in contact with my friends from there.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Knowing that once I set my mind to it, I can achieve anything.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My freshman year I never challenged the sports program. I regret not doing that.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Exeter has opened a lot of doors for me. The name itself has such recognition.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
You owe it to yourself to do a school visit. See it firsthand and in person.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My first Math class had 7, including the teacher. (1980-1981 The bicentennial year of the school) We wrote math programs on a Tektronix computer.In English class, we would read a book and then write a paper. First you would pass it to your left to be read and marked by the student that you passed it to. Next day you received it back and make any changes that you saw as favorable. Next class pass to the right and same regimen. It was incredible to see what and how other students thought and how they placed that on paper.I saw Dan Brown daily as he attended and was a couple years ahead of me.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Exeter is a small yet diverse town. Lot of small restaurants and shops. The beach is within 20 minutes drive. Boston is about a 45 minute drive. New York is a 4 hour drive.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Meeting like minded, inspiring and intelligent students from diverse places around the world. Building friendships for life.
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- Macalester College The Harkness method of education was founded at Phillips Exeter, so I think this makes Exeter special. Harkness a learning method based on discussion and exchange of ideas among students, with the instructor as a. . .
- Carnegie Mellon University Exeter offers an incredible level of academic rigor coupled with amazing and diverse students. With small classes held around a Harkness Table, the wonderful students Exeter aggregates create a fantastic learning environment. . .
- NYU The most unique, and in my opinion best, thing about Exeter is the Harkness method. You won't be lectured by teachers all day but will instead be expected to learn and help to teach others. . .
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