Annie Wright Schools - Review #4
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1988-1992|
|Sports and Activities:||I played volleyball, basketball and tennis. I was captain of all three teams. I also participated in student government. I was class president my junior year and president of the student body in my senior year. I was also very involved in TASC - the Tacoma area service group responsible for volunteering in and around the city.|
|College Enrolled:||Princeton University|
|Home Town, State:||Chicago, IL|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Annie Wright's most unique characteristic is its all-girls environment. The all-girls experience is truly what makes Annie Wright special. The friends I made there are still some of my best friends today.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
One of the best things about attending Annie Wright was being introduced to girls from all over the world. That experience sparked my interest in what would eventually become my major in college (East Asian studies with an emphasis in Chinese language.) The travel opportunities -I went on trips to Europe and Asia- also helped me grow and broadened my perspective.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
N/A - I was a day student.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Annie Wright is just a great place to be a girl. I wouldn't trade my AWS experience for anything.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out Klarsch Hall - a beautiful new addition to campus.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My academic experience at Annie Wright prepared me very well for the future. I thrived in its small classes. Some of my electives had as few as five or six students. I especially enjoyed the emphasis on learning to write well. I was also very much inspired by the addition of many multi-cultural texts to the traditional cannon of literature. At AWS I was introduced to the likes of Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I've never been the same since!
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I played volleyball, basketball and tennis. I liked getting to know girls from different grades and backgrounds. I also enjoyed the coaches. What I appreciated most was their focus not just on developing our skills, but also on developing our confidence, sportsmanship and overall health and fitness.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I participated in many volunteer activities while at Annie Wright. The most powerful experience for me was working in downtown Tacoma at homeless shelter. I worked there all throughout high school. Once a month we cooked breakfast and chatted with the people there. My experiences at Nativity House provided a good counter-balance to life in private school.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The north end of Tacoma (where Annie Wright is located) is absolutely beautiful. Tucked between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, the campus and surrounding areas are lush and green. The area around the school is mostly residential, but it's a short walk to the waterfront for good coffee and restaurants.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
AWS does not have a traditional social life in the sense of big homecoming football games and such. In my opinion it's a social life much more reflective of real life, i.e. your life at Annie Wright is what you make of it. All I can say is I'm still friends with many of my classmates (and even teachers) so they must be doing something right.
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