If you’re thinking about applying to boarding school, you might be wondering about what life would be like. Here are four cool things I did as a day student at boarding school.
1. Touring Museums & Cathedrals
Art was one of my favorite classes at boarding school, even though it wasn’t my strongest. My teachers were so passionate about sharing their love of art, and we often traveled to nearby New York City to tour museums and cathedrals as part of our studies on architecture, sculpture, and drawing. What amazing inspiration you can get from visiting vibrant cities, and at schools like Cheshire Academy, these incredible cities are close by which means plenty of opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom. Digital photography students at Cheshire Academy hit the Yale/New Haven area to visit the Yale Art Gallery and photograph the city of New Haven.
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2. “Shear Madness” in Boston
Even though I was a day student, I was able to participate in weekend and evening activities, including a trip into Boston to see the play, “Shear Madness.” My family wasn’t a theater-going bunch, and this opportunity was one that I couldn't pass up. From the show itself to lunch out in Boston with friends, it was an experience I won’t forget.
3. Ropes Course Leadership Programs
A ropes challenge course is the perfect way to learn teamwork and leadership skills, and many schools take advantage of these programs as part of orientations or even regular curriculums. We used it as a bonding experience for my leadership group of peer counselors, and schools like Cheshire Academy are fortunate to have their own ropes course right on campus!
4. Cardboard Boat Races
This was one of my favorite activities. We were given cardboard, duct tape, and one tube of caulking and were told to make a boat. Our objective was to paddle our boats from one end of the school swimming pool to the other. A hands-on challenge of form and function, we tested our designs out for real in front of the entire school. While not everyone was successful (the team that named their boat the Titanic sunk immediately), my partner and I made it across the pool! That's us, rowing in the dark boat. Boarding schools are famous for giving students non-traditional methods of assessments, allowing those of us who aren’t strong test-takers a chance to excel in other areas. Cheshire Academy offers the IB program, which is the perfect example of how teachers can take an exciting approach to learning.
Tell us, what’s an exciting activity that you did as a day student at boarding school? We want to know! We might even feature your answer in an upcoming blog.