George School - Review #2
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2014-2018|
|Sports and Activities:||From my freshman year all the way to the end of my Junior year I was part of the GS equestrian team. I had never ridden a horse before going to GS, and the coaches were more than happy to teach and guide me along the way. GS also has many leadership positions, while I was enrolled I was a SAGE member for 3 years. SAGE is a peer counseling group where students can ask other students for advice or guidance.|
|College Enrolled:||Bucks County Community College|
|Home Town, State:||Newtown, PA, PA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Before going to George School, I felt a little wary about going because I saw the school was Quaker, something I’d never heard of or knew anything about. After graduating, I’d say the Quaker ideals taught at GS are not just to be applied to Quakerism, but all aspects of life. Students are taught how to be aware of their environment and take care of it and those in it as well.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I personally believe that George School has made me very aware as a person, of my surroundings, those around me, and myself. GS really helps shape people that are going to make a difference in society by helping all of its students become the best version of themselves that they can be.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I know it’s scary, but don’t be shy! Everyone around you is just as scared and nervous as you are, so talk and make friends as soon as you can!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the closeness of everyone on campus. It didn’t matter your grade, what you took, or what sports you placed, everyone knew everyone on campus, and everyone cares for one another.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Take women’s history!!! A very underrated class that taught me lots of relevant information I still go back too all the time!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics are rigorously, but constantly interesting and relevant information to students. As a graduate, I would say George School absolutely prepares you for college, maybe even over preparing, which definitely isn’t a bad thing. I also loved the freedom of choice students get when it comes to picking their own classes.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics are wonderful, no matter what sport or activity you pick. My favorite aspect is just the wide variety of choices. From golf to equestrian there are so many sport choices, and on top of that the gym classes vary as well, teaching anything from gardening to morning yoga before classes.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The arts programs at GS are wonderful, with each teacher being very knowledgeable in their feilds. Each room is wonderfully equipped depending on the art, wether it is painting and drawing, woodworking, theater, or something else, just know you will be given all the resources and spaces needed to succeed, grow, and create.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
George School has many club options, and if you can’t find something you’re interested, you’re more than welcome to form your own club! My favorite extra-cirricular opportunity is the obligation for service hours. GS provides so many trips each year to different places around the world so students can go in groups and get their hours. There are so many places to choose from, and no matter where you go you get to experience a different culture and way of life.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
While I was not a boarder, the fact that you get to go see your friends every day of the week whenever you wanted was amazing. It also lets you make friends with people you wouldn’t normally meet because they aren’t from the area. After graduating GS I have friends all over the globe in so many different countries and places on Earth.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
On campus there is the dining hall, Bettye’s Places, and the bookstore. All these places carry food, but they’re not all open all the time. The dining hall is great with locally sourced food and great variety, but the hours could be longer. The bookstore is great for snacks, but it is only open for the school day. Bettey’s Place is a paid place, but you can get ‘fast food’ type meals, like chicken fingers, fries, and mac n’ cheese. Like the other two locations, it’s only open during set times.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I’ve lived in Newtown all my life, and it is a great, quaint little town. Just a short walk from GS there are plenty of stores, restaurants, and coffee shops for studying. Newtown is great for after school hang outs and it is such a short walk away!
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love how small GS is, so everyone knows everyone. You feel not only closer to your other classmates, but your teachers too. Almost every weekend and weekday nights there are activities set up around campus to give students something to do or somewhere to go.
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