Brandon Hall School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2018-2021|
|Sports and Activities:||At Brandon Hall I was on the volleyball team, basketball team, track team, and tennis team. I was the captain of the volleyball and basketball teams. I was also on the Student Leadership and Diversity Council and Dorm Leadership. I also founded the Black Student Union and Allies at Brandon Hall.|
|Home Town, State:||Huntsville, AL|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
What makes Brandon Hall so unique is the people there. The people are all so welcoming and kind. Which was something I wasn't used to when I first got there? The teachers are very involved and make sure that you're doing the best you can. Where I'm from that's not how teachers are, they don't really care if you fail or not. That was a huge difference that meant a lot for me. All the staff makes sure to have a relationship with the students, which is rare at a lot of schools. The whole community is also very diverse which offers a new opportunity to learn more about different cultures and different parts of the world.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Boarding school changed me for the better. Before boarding school I didn't see myself making it out of high school and I was a very shy person. That has all changed now. I'm now involved in my school as much as I can be, I love going to school, and I'm very outgoing.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wouldn't change anything. Going into boarding school know that you're going to change as a person and learn lots of new things about yourself. Know that school is what you make it. If you go in with a negative outlook, you will have a negative experience, but if you go in with a positive mindset and try to make the most of your time, it could be one the best experiences.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The people at Brandon Hall is what I like most Bout the school. They are all so welcoming and kind. Which was something I wasn't used to when I first got there? The teachers are very involved and make sure that you're doing the best you can. Where I'm from that's not how teachers are, they don't really care if you fail or not. That was a huge difference that meant a lot for me. All the staff makes sure to have a relationship with the students, which is rare a lot of schools. The whole community is also very diverse which offers a new opportunity to learn more about different cultures and different parts of the world.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The best place on campus is the overlook. It's the best place to sit and clear your mind while looking at the river. It's definitely one of the most beautiful spots on campus.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What I like about the academics is how involved the teachers are and how they make sure that you have every tool to succeed. The classes aren't too hard but they do challenge you. I found that moving to Brandon Hall has better prepared me academically for college.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are lots of sports to participate in. The sports are broke up into three seasons which are fall, winter, and spring sports. The fall sports are volleyball and soccer. The winter sports are basketball and swimming. The spring sports are tennis and track. I loved the coaches for all the sports I played and the competitiveness of other schools that we played. We started playing in a new region that was more challenging, but was also more exciting.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I've never participated in any of the visual arts, music, or theatre programs, but the friends I do have who do participate in them love it. The people in those programs are more like family and love to work together.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are tons of extracurricular activities to get involved in. You could even start your own club or organization. I started the Black Student Union at Brandon Hall which celebrates Black culture while also educating others on our history.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Usually there are two students to a room who each get a bed, desk, closet area, and an extra set of drawers. Depending on your grade you can have a fridge, tv, and a gaming console like a Xbox or Playstation. You find out your roommate when you arrive to move-in. There are sometimes trips to go out on the weekends maybe to the movies or the mall and other fun places around Atlanta. I love living in the dorm it's fun to live in a place that holds so many cultures at once. You learn a lot about yourself and others when you live in a dorm.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Monday through Friday. there's breakfast at 7 am, lunch around 11 am, and dinner at 5pm. On the weekends, brunch is at 11 am and dinner is at 5 pm. The cafeteria is set up for family style dining but due to covid there's only two people at a table with a divider on each table.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Atlanta is a very diverse city with lots to explore. There's many dining options and plenty of shopping areas. Atlanta holds a lot of history so naturally there's a lot of places to explore.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love that my social life doesn't consist of one group of people. At Brandon Hall there are very few cliques. Everybody socializes with everybody for the most part. It's fun to see so many people who are very different come together and bond.
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