The Williston Northampton School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1999-2001|
|Sports and Activities:||Cross Country, Track, International Student Club (president), Chess Club (founder)|
|College Enrolled:||Brown University|
|Home Town, State:||Boston, MA|
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I got really really prepared for college. I made some great friends. And I loved the experience.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish I had taken more diverse classes and more AP's.
4.) What would you never want to change about your school?
5.) What things could be improved about your school?
I would like to see them offering classes in the martial arts (other than Judo) and swimming and other such things one day.
6.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Ford Hall is by far the best dorm, but it's mainly for juniors and seniors.
1.) What did you like best about your schools academics?
Diversity. They offered classes from Genetics and Organic Chemistry to Philosophy and Choreography. Now that I'm at Brown, I feel I have an edge as I've been exposed to all these areas before.
2.) What did you like least about the academics in your school?
Probably the amount of homework, but I have learnt that it just gets a lot worse when you get to college and it's probably good preparation.
1.) What did you like best about your schools athletics?
Again the diversity of the atheletic program was amazing. I wasn't the greatest athlete, but was still able to play at a competitive level on teams such as track and cross country.
2.) What did you like least about the athletics in your school?
The fact that classes like beginning swimming and other such aquatics were not offered. Also, that it was hard to join a team and work at getting better for a competitive sport like soccer due to the rigourous selection.
1.) What did you like best about your schools art program?
There were always plays and I performed in the spring dance concert. We had an amazing art and theatre department and although I was never much involved, it was great to watch the talents of others.
2.) What did you like least about your schools art program?
I can't say a bad thing about it. It was a great department.
1.) What did you like most about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
The fact that if something doesn't exist you can start it with no problem whatsoever. Chances are you will find clubs that you are interested in or sports you like to play.
2.) What did you like least about the extracurricular activities offered at your school?
Some of the people were not wholly committed to the clubs they were involved in. I still don't really know why.
1.) What was the best thing about dorm life in your school?
Friends nearby. Class help nearby (teachers may actually live in your dorm). Everything nearby. Definitely by far the best feature of boarding school.
2.) What did you like least about dorm life?
Too many rules. It was hard to follow all of them and the dorms were occasionally very noisy . Sharing a bathroom with a lot of people is an issue too.
1.) What was the best thing about your dining arrangements?
Good food relative to college food. It's no home cooking though. The dining hall was also in the dorm I lived in which was extra convenient.
2.) What did you like least about your dining arrangements?
The food was occasionally not all that great, but relatively- speaking, it's good.
1.) How welcome did you feel by the other students when you first arrived at the school
It wasn't hard to fit in at all. I made a few friends my first year and by my second I knew everyone. I have a few good friends and I was at least acquainted with almost all people on the campus.
2.) Describe the level of diversity and integration of students in your school:
Plenty of diversity, lots of international students especially from Asia and Germany. No lack in diversity. You will meet at least a few people that you really like.
3.) Describe typical fun activities you did on a weekend:
Campus dances, shopping mall, campus activites, they had something going on, or cinema are among the most common things to be doing on weekends.
4.) What was the town like?
Well…not really. Just the few stores and resturants near campus. School has off-campus trips to the mall and cinemas etc. almost every weekend.
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