Choate Rosemary Hallreview by Georgetown University student. One of my favorite aspects of Choate Rosemary Hall was the relationships I had with faculty members, which is partly due to the small class size. They did everything in their power to foster our intellectual growth. Not only did they hold office hours and check e-mail, but most of them gave out their home contact information so that we could reach them at all hours of the day or night, something that is not so much the case in college. I'm still incredibly grateful for the care they showed us every day, and to this day, I still keep in touch with my freshman English teacher, among others. I myself am more inclined towards foreign languages - Chinese and Spanish in particular. Choate's foreign language program is spectacular. I still draw on what I learned at Choate in my graduate level Spanish classes today and have always been much better prepared because of it. As a matter of fact, Choate uses the same curriculum as my college Spanish department to teach the language to beginners. Studying abroad for a term is also an amazing opportunity that not many high school students have, and again, when I went back in college to study at a Spanish university, I was prepared for the worst of the culture shock that the other students in my program faced.
There is an understandable rivalry with the "townies," which mainly translates to honks from cars driving by and poses no serious threat to the safety and security of Choate students. The dining hall food is not nearly has horrible as it could be, especially when compared to college food. The open salad and sandwich bar were always a huge help when the chicken tetrazzini looked less than appealing. The campus, of course, is stunning, and I think that there is a good blend of smaller, more intimate dorms with larger, more social dorms. In any case, the student-faculty relationships are fabulous in each. I think that Choate does a good job integrating students of diverse backgrounds with each other and the occasional friction is handled in a timely fashion - something that contrasts sharply with my college experience. Intolerance was not tolerated, and this was made perfectly clear to everyone.
Choate's primary athletic rival is Deerfield Academy, but I think it's mainly just an excuse to have a pep rally and a bonfire before Deerfield Day. My own athletic experience at Choate comes primarily from doing crew for 7 seasons. Other than being incredibly time consuming, crew provided some of my best memories of Choate. We were all very close with each other, but also with our coach(es). The arts program at Choate is another huge plus for the school. Mr. Ventre not only encourages the students to excel in all their musical endeavors, but also insists on incorporating the local Wallingford community into Choate's artistic circle. The opportunities that this provides are immeasurably valuable. The number of visiting musicians, improv companies, plays, puppet shows, bands, etc. that the PMAC hosts is astonishing for a small high school located in a tiny town. I was also a prefect in Nichols my senior year, which was an amazing amount of fun and stress. (I would be lying if I said that living with 40 14 year old girls away from home for the first time wasn't stressful.) As such, I got to help my freshmen through all the tough decisions that I had to go through as a freshman, from how to survive 8 months of dining hall food to dealing with homesickness to exam stress. It gave me a whole new perspective on authority that has allowed me to appreciate all the hard work that goes into providing support for students in a high-performing academic institution.