Loomis Chaffee - Review #16
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2007-2011|
|Sports and Activities:||Four-year varsity hockey, two-year captain. Three-year varsity lacrosse, community service, cross-country, weightlifting club, prefect, RA, Italian club.|
|College Enrolled:||University of Connecticut|
|Home Town, State:||Hamden, CT|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Mandatory extra-curricular activities in each season, ranging from competitive athletics, theatre, bands, choirs, volunteer work, environmental clubs, etc appealing to a wide variety of interest.Dorms and academic buildings positioned around a main “quad” grass area; shared outdoor space and beautiful architecture, making students happy and proud to utilize spaces
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me was forcing me outside of my comfort zone at a young age. I matured faster than my peers from home, both personally and intellectually, which has jumpstarted my young professional career.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Referencing my answer above, I would have taken advantage of more opportunities sooner. Loomis has so many groups and activities, and I should have ventured out earlier and formed additional interests. I would tell boarding students to take a chance and try something with you! You will make lifelong friends and gain experiences you could never think imaginable!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the inclusivity. It was home for so many young adults, and it always will be to me.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Sausage egg and cheese from the grill in the snug! Best breakfast sandwich to pick up during a morning free period!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I thoroughly enjoyed the school’s focus on English literature, grammar, and vocabulary. I appreciate Loomis’ diligence in preparing us students with the highest level of exposure to top tier academic leaders, providing the tools needed to thoughtfully convey our positions and thoughts. I’ve found in my professional career I began at an extreme advantage compared to my peers because of my ability to thoughtfully and efficiently present to peers and executives because of the foundation Loomis built.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics facilities and organizations were impressive, in most cases meeting or surpassing that at the collegiate level. We had access to training staff, weight training, nutritional guidance, and coaches with incredible resumes.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Personally, I did not have much experience in this area, but always attended our play productions, musicals, and instrument performances. The talent showcased was beyond impressive, and I was proud to call these world class performers my friends and classmates.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is probably what I miss most. Aside from living with your friends, the staff managed to outline the appropriate level of structure, while still maintaining a home-like atmosphere, arranging events, outings, and dinners. To this day, and I’m quite close with roommates, dorm mates, and faculty, attesting to the level of appreciation I have for the experience.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Loomis, in my opinion, had an advantage because it wasn’t tucked away in a remote area. I would regularly stroll the brief walk into town to visit the grocery store and the handful of restaurants for an afternoon out with friends. Windsor, Connecticut, was a very safe, accepting town.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The diversity made the school unique. I had friends from all walks of life, from various corners of the world. Loomis regularly hosted social events, which made the boarding life extremely fun and eventful.
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