It's an exciting time of year for many secondary school students as they think about educational options for the upcoming school year.
Last Friday, March 10, we invited a impressive group of new students to join us in Husky Nation for the 2017-2018 school year. As those students and families weigh their decision, consult with friends, research and revisit, we want to help articulate just what it means to Be a Husky
Here are a few elements that define a New Hampton School Student:
1. You will become a Global Citizen
When you live in a community of students from around the world
(25% international), representing over 30 different countries, it is inevitable that you will learn about the world beyond your immediate surroundings. You might have a roommate from Spain or Ghana. You might participate in the International Baccalaureate Programme
. You will have athletes from other countries on your soccer or softball team, and your advisee group will have a variety of perspectives and backgrounds that will help shape your worldview.
2. You will know yourself
In an environment filled with opportunity, you will be able to pursue your passions whether hockey or ceramics, and also try new things you might never have thought of before such as coding or service learning. In a carefully shaped curriculum including academics, co-curriculars, and school life, you will have opportunities to lead and to follow, and you will learn about your strengths and your challenges. With the support of faculty, coaches and mentors every step of the way you will have the guidance needed be successful and be confident in yourself.
3. You will take appropriate risks
Taking calculated risks and stepping outside of our comfort zone is how we learn new things. In a safe and supportive environment, you will try out a new sport or take a risk on the stage in McEvoy Theatre or your IB Biology class. You might end up loving the stage when your Improv class is featured at a school meeting, or you might discover a passion for politics through student government. A Project Week
trip to Prague or Costa RIca might inspire a love for travel or interest in international relations. Surrounded by your peers and adult role models, you will take risks and discover interests and passions you never knew you had.
4. You will be open and unpretentious
Every independent school has a unique community, and it's important to find the one that is the best fit for you. At New Hampton School, our campus is distinguished by an unassuming, unpretentious, and welcoming atmosphere. It's not unusual that someone holds the door for you. You stop to help your classmate pick up their books that dropped. You say good morning as you pass your math teacher on the way to class. It’s not unusual to join your advisor and his/her children for dinner in the dining hall. You recognize that everyone in your house brings something important to the group. It's ok to have a group of close friends, but you're friendly with everyone in your house and show them all equal respect.
Maybe you felt it when you came for your first tour, or maybe you're still curious to learn more. We know and love Husky Nation and think all of the students we accepted will be a good fit. It is most important that those who become a Husky understand and share the spirit and respect for our community that we all appreciate each and every day.