Phillips Exeter Academy - Review #8
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2014-2017|
|Sports and Activities:||Wrestling team captain and the golf team.|
|College Enrolled:||Williams College|
|Home Town, State:||Glastonbury, CT|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The use of the Harkness table. The discussion based, or flipped, classroom is what truly separates Exeter from all other private schools.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The connections I made at Exeter were definitely the best thing that’s happened. I made a lot of friends that I still talk to regularly. I also enjoyed winning athletic competitions with my teammates.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have branched out more and made more non-athlete friends. I would try and avoid that athlete non-athlete divide that appears at pretty much every boarding school. I would also stay away from my dorm room as much as possible and just be with people.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I like my classmates and the athletics.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Go and meet as many people as possible.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics are very challenging at Exeter. The teachers and your classmates push you to be the best you can be in the classroom. I, personally, liked the discussions. The classroom design allows you to here everyone’s opinions about the topic rather than just the teachers.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Exeter has some of the best athletics compared to all of New England private schools. During my 3 years at Exeter, we were 2x New England wrestling champs (1x runner-up) and 3x New England golf champs. If sports aren’t for you, there a multiple physical education and club sports programs you can participate in. A physical activity is required every trimester.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town of Exeter is very small and there isn’t much to do off-campus. There are some restaurants and stores you can walk to.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really enjoyed hanging out with my teammates. I wish more people went outside when the weather was nice though.
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