Campbell Hallreview by Emerson College student. One thing that I really appreciate Campbell Hall for is teaching me how to write at a college level. Starting in 9th grade they stress the importance of writing and each year they build on not only the quality of your writing, but also the amount of pages you write and what you are writing about. Senior year, we had to write an 8-10 page research paper for English where you had to come up with your own thesis, when given a very broad topic. While the teacher walked you through every step of the process it helped me learn how to write a paper in a way that I still use in college. The Block schedule (where you don't have the same classes every day and the time you are in class is longer) also helped because freshmen year, when my peers were struggling to pay attention for the fool hour and forty-five minutes of class, I had no issue because I was used to it. Classes were all lecture based, with power-points included to take notes from. While this is how most of my college courses are taught, I do wish we had been taught on how to take notes when a teacher just talks without including visuals because I struggle with knowing what exactly is important to take note of and what is not.
The overall quality of student life was great. There was a balance of leisure and academics and everyone accepted everyone else for who they were. Most of the student body and the surrounding area is white, upper-middle class to upper class, but there were people under, and above this. The only hard part of this is that a lot of times, students didn't understand if someone did not have money to do something or why they didn't have certain designer things. The schools approach to discipline was too rigid at times. For instance, after formal or after prom parties were strictly prohibited. Meaning that if any Campbell Hall student was found to have thrown a party at their house after a Campbell Hall event, them and any siblings they had could be kicked out of school, a policy that all of the student body found ridiculous.
Community service was a major part of campus life. Every year, students are required to do at least 20 hours of community service. They always had people come in and talk to us about different community service opportunities available around the area, from doing cancer walks to walking wolves at a rescue center. At the end of every year, they also gave community service awards out to students who went over and above the required amount of hours. On average, students probably spent 10-15 hours on extracurricular activities per week and it definelty helped to create well rounded people. Campbell Hall is all about inclustivity, everyone always supported everyone else's endeavors and teachers understood if an academic work load was too much at a time such as playoffs or the week before a play opening. In turn coaches and theatre directors understood when academics came first and took away rehearsals during finals time or on SAT testing days.