Wasatch Academy - Review #4
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1988-1991|
|Sports and Activities:||I was involved in soccer (Team cptn), volleyball (Team cptn), chior, & ski team. I also was our Jr. year Student Body President. It was easy to be involved, with a small student body, if you wanted to participate, all you had to do was put in the effort.|
|College Enrolled:||Westminster College|
|Home Town, State:||Ogden, UT, UT|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
During my time at WA, it felt like the entire staff were my mentors, and supporters to do well in school, athletics and life in general. From the teachers, to my Dorm Parent, to the business office staff, to the cooking crew...Everyone was always willing to assist a student, whether it be guidance with studies, advice, an uplifting smile, or a pat on the back for doing well.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
When my parents brought me to WA my Sophomore year, I came in a shy, frumpy girl with low self esteem and average grades. When I left WA I was outgoing, had amazing friends, I was in great shape from sports, graduated with a 3.4 GPA, and was ready to take on the world...or at least college.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
When we were at school we would complain about missing home, or wanting to go home...yet at Christmas/Summer break we would be calling each other all the time, and could not wait to get back to school to be together again. If I could give advice to a new student it would be "ENJOY YOURSELF!". "Be grateful, because you never get your High School years back. One day soon you'll be paying bills, working hard at a career and/or building a family....So get good grades and have fun"!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
WA was a small community, the Headmaster and Dean were approachable and fun, and it felt great to belong.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
When visiting, you may not be able to take in the sense of community/family, but know that it is there, and if you attend you will know it first hand very quickly. Try the fry-sauces at Sleeze...so good!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
My two favorite classes were Science and English. Science was fantastic because the class was small and we could do several hands-on experiments, and go on class outings to hike and pick up items to put under the microscopes. It was the best way learn, and the information has stayed with me since. English was a lot of fun, again due to small class size we could ask a lot of questions and engage in discussions about wonderful books. The teacher always guided the discussions, kept us 'on track' and answered questions, but we learned a lot this way by engaging with each other regarding the different books.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our athletic program at WA was awesome. There were no try-outs, you simply signed up to be on whatever team you wanted to. Our coaches pushed each individual to be their best, and we were quite competitive. For some, these were newly learned skills in that particular sport, so although we didn't always win, we played with our hearts. Sports, for me as a teenager was a way to build self-esteem, confidence, healthy habits, and learn about teamwork. These are life lessons that I have carried with me ever since.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
My Junior year I participated in Choir...never could carry a tune..still can't, but the teacher was patient and willing to work with me. We had a lot of fun in that class, and I guess it was the really good singers that made up for what I lacked, because we took 1st in State. I loved pottery...working with the wheel was a real challenge, but it taught me patience.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
We did projects with Habitat for Humanity. As a young adult, I had no idea that there was a whole world out there of folks that did not have a warm place to sleep, or a roof over their heads. It was a good 'eye-opening' lesson to learn, and I have done projects with the same organization since high school.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was my favorite part of WA! As a teenager, I was pretty insecure. I felt like my hair was not long enough, my skin not clear enough, my thighs were too big...I could go on & on. Living in a dorm with all my friends, I realized we ALL had little things about ourselves that we would like to improve...but I was no different than any of them. My Dorm parent, Mrs. Smith was amazing. During my Sr. year, my parents divorced, and Mrs. Smith was amazingly supportive...I will always be thankful.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Uptown...that is what we called the small town of Mt. Pleasant. We would spend our allowances at the Dairy Freeze aka Sleeze for a burger, chicken fingers or a shake. It was a short 5 minute walk, and we felt independent getting off of campus.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Coming from a school that 'popularity' meant everything, it was so refreshing to come to WA and just be friends with everyone. Since it was a small student body, and you would see each other with messy hair at breakfast, and sweaty clothes during sports...it wasn't necessary to try and 'impress' each other with a full face of makeup or designer jeans...your classmates and friends knew you inside and out...Like family.
|6:00 AM||Wake up, dress, and drag yourself over to breakfast|
|6:30 AM||Get ready for school|
|7:30 AM||Mentor comes by to chat and make sure your room is clean|
|2:00 AM||Begin extra curricular activities (2 classes)|
|5:00 AM||Dinner / free time begins|
|7:00 AM||Study Time|
|9:30 AM||Lights out|
|6:00 AM||Head out to go skiing or|
|9:00 AM||Go to the mall or|
|2:00 PM||Go to the movies or|
|6:00 PM||Go dancing in Provo or|
|6:00 PM||Go to rock concerts in Salt Lake City|
Alumni Reviews Review School
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- Cornell College Rural area, international environment, attentive staff and faculty, student-focus activities-those are what Wasatch is praised for but what really impressed me was a speech given on Founder's Day about our endowment. Mr Loftin (school headmaster). . .
- Brandeis University Wasatch Academy's location in central Utah definitely adds a very unique feel to the school Even though Mt. Pleasant is a rural town, the proximity to Provo and SLC allows students to get the best. . .
- The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania While at Wasatch Academy I debated within a circuit of international independent schools; accordingly, I gained knowledge of a number of other private (boarding) secondary institutions. In the following answers, I draw upon several. . .
What prompts somebody to start a boarding school? The motives range from idealism to munificence right on through to capitalism. The common thread seems to be ample capital and a vision of what education can do.
Social media is an essential part of a boarding school's marketing strategy
Parents considering schools should read New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's book about college admissions entitled Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Much of what he says applies in the private K-12 world.