Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School Essay

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This is a great experience ...

This is a great experience ...

Reviewed on 7/6/2014 by Damaris

This is a great experience where you get the chance to meet new people with different backgrounds and make new friends which you get close to and become like a family. In addition, you learn a lot about different things depending on what classes you get. Their way of teaching is different from how most schools teach but with this method, every student gets engaged and actually learns. I really recommend this program, I was there in 2013 and I really enjoyed it!

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Reviewed on 10/28/2013 by Grace

Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School was the best experience I have ever had. I got to make so many new friends from all over the country and I will always remind in touch with them. I have gone for the past three summers and each year has been very different, but tons of fun. Exeter Summer School is a great opportunity for everyone. You learn so much and make incredible friends and learn about many new cultures. I got to take classes that my shook does not offer which was cool and I learned many new things. I will always remember my summers at Phillips Exeter Summer School.

The first year my daughter ...

The first year my daughter ...

Reviewed on 10/28/2013 by sjsennott

The first year my daughter first enrolled at Exeter Summer School it was in the Access CSI program. She had and outstanding experience! She returned to Exeter for the Upper School summer program and again could not have been happier. As a parent I value tremendously the overall experience Exeter provided. There are few opportunities in a teenager’s life to engage academically, athletically, artistically, and socially, with students from all over the globe. My daughter has friends from Europe to Africa, South America to Asia, and all across the United States! What an amazing experience!

I had a wonderful time ...

I had a wonderful time ...

Reviewed on 10/25/2013 by Breezy

I had a wonderful time at Phillips Exeter Academy this past summer (2013). Coming from California, I was apprehensive about being away from home and not knowing anybody. The teachers, dorm heads, staff, and all the other students made New Hampshire feel like home! I was able to study using a new style of teaching (Harkness method) where I felt like I had a hand in the learning experience. What a great place to spend 5 weeks in the summer. I hope to come back again this coming up summer.

I have been in math ...

I have been in math ...

Reviewed on 10/25/2013 by Pifer

I have been in math education for over 20 years in Southern California at a high performing high school (over 925 API). In the summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to work at Phillips Exeter Academy and experience the Harkness method of teaching. The atmosphere and student centered learning that Harkness prescribes is incredible! In five weeks as a teacher, I learned more at Exeter than the previous 15 years by going to conferences dedicated to teaching teachers. This school year, I have already implemented several of the ideas at my home school. Also, the entire staff is dedicated to helping the students experience a high academic learning environment, while enjoying themselves with all the excursions that are planned. I hope I have the chance to work at Phillips Exeter Academy again.

What a wonderful program! My ...

What a wonderful program! My ...

Reviewed on 10/25/2013 by cjones

What a wonderful program! My Daughter took the CSI cluster and had a great time learning digital photography, forensic science, and detective fiction. It's a unique opportunity for kids to take cross-curricular offerings they might not have a chance to take during their regular school years. I highly recommend it.

Congratulations to Natalie R. of Team 5 for receiving the National Urban Squash + Education Association (NUSEA) scholarship to the Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School program in New Hampshire. She is one of ten scholarship recipients chosen from across all 15 programs of NUSEA.

One student per program was encouraged to submit an essay to NUSEA for the highly competitive scholarship program that would enroll them into the prestigious five week program with Phillips Exeter. The essay prompt requested a short description of the student’s interests and abilities they wish to share with the Selection Committee. The student was also asked to describe a significant event, person, or experience that has influenced their outlook on life and their goals; or describe their involvement in a specific activity of particular importance to them. Finally, the essay should include a statement outlining their reasons for wanting to attend Exeter’s Summer School.

Once enrolled in summer school, students get to personalize their programs of study  by working with dedicated teachers and having access to the full Academy campus. Natalie will be able to experience dorm life, set her curriculum schedule and engage with other students from across the nation and around the world.  We wish Natalie good luck this summer at Phillips Exeter Academy.

 

Phillips Exeter Academy Application Essay
By Natalie R.

Hello, my name is Natalie and I am currently a freshman at the Preuss School UCSD in San Diego, California. I am a Japanese – American and bilingual as well. When I was 10 years old my parents and I moved to the United States from Japan. My mother is Japanese while my father is half Caucasian and half Hispanic. I have many interests and I enjoy doing lots of activities such as playing squash, reading mystery/ time-travel novels, and playing the piano once in awhile. However, what I enjoy the most is drawing. I dedicate most of my time to my art and I am very passionate about drawing and sketching. For as long as I can remember it has been one of my top priorities to improve on my drawing skills. I hope that one day I will eventually find employment doing the things that I thoroughly enjoy. What I usually use when I draw is a simple paper and pencil routine where I doodle a couple of fun things. Recently, I have acquired a drawing tablet. It allows me to paint and make new pieces of art on the computer. It’s a huge leap from just scribbling in a little notebook and it’s exciting getting to know more about computer graphics.

As mentioned earlier, one of my favorite things is to play the piano. I used to take lessons when I was 8 years old, but after I moved, we couldn’t afford the lessons anymore. Even though I haven’t taken piano lessons in over 4 years, I still practice when I have the time. In place of paid lessons, I watch instructional videos and cover popular songs. I also like playing the ukulele. I practice also by playing covers of songs from one of my favorite shows, Adventure Time. Most of the songs that are on the show are fun, silly music that correspond to each episode. I really like playing songs from this show because it’s easy, entertaining and a great way for me to learn how to play the ukulele.

I also enjoy reading books based off time travel or mystery. I have always had an interest in the topic of time-travel because it is very fascinating but also very confusing as well. Although I do not really have that much of an interest in science, the concept of time and time-travel has always appealed to me. Every time I read these types of books it really makes me think and wonder what it would be like to be given the opportunity to travel through time and what I would do. I really like mystery and problem solving as well. I enjoy reading detective stories, puzzles, and brainteasers. I am very fond of the concept of thinking outside the box and looking at things in a different way or perspective. I feel that each time I read a book like this, I acquire a small piece of the protagonist’s personality and with it I can view the world a little differently than I did before.

Finally, something I like to do often is play squash. Squash is a very interesting sport and it is very fun. Last year I even got the chance to go to Team Nationals as well as Individual Nationals. It was a very exciting experience and I hope to improve more so that I can go to these tournaments over the next 3 years. However, I don’t always play tournaments and when I am not training, I also like to play with my friends during weekends or over break. Improving at squash is just as important to me as improving in drawing. Squash has become an important part of my life: it has shaped who I am.

When I first heard about squash, I thought it was a silly sport with a silly name. However, my father told me that the team representing our school was number 11 in the whole nation. When I first heard this I thought that the team was very impressive to have earned such a title, although it did not seem all that important to me back then. When I was in 7th grade, the coach from the squash team came to our P.E. class to tell us about squash and the tryouts, that were going to be held  in a few weeks. Once again, I was not all that interested in the sport and paid little attention to the presentation. However, what changed my mind was the eagerness of my friends who wanted to go and try out for the team. They convinced me that it would be fun. So at the last minute, I grabbed the application and filled it out. The tryouts was much more delightful than I had expected and I started enjoying going to the club. At the beginning, I did not have any intentions of joining, but when I was chosen by the squash coach to be part of the new team, I was overjoyed. Being a part of Access Youth Academy, the program that introduced me to squash, has changed me in many great ways. It has become such a significant part of my life and it will be hard to let it go once I graduate. This experience has taught me a great life lesson: always take chances and go for every opportunity I see. Because of the life skills Access Youth Academy has taught me, I will be given the chance to attend Exeter’s Summer School Program.

Access Youth Academy is a program that not only teaches kids about squash but also it helps them academically. They are a member of NUSEA, the National Urban Squash Education Association. This national organization also helps kids with school, college, and their future plans. It is what helped me find this Summer School program. I want to attend Exeter’s Summer School because I believe that it would be a great opportunity for me to learn new things and get the chance to choose which classes I want to take. I believe that it will give me the liberty of choosing what I want to learn, which the most significant one in my case would be art. It also seems like a great way to prepare for college. I will be in a whole new place meeting new people and living away from the comforts of home. In this I will have a good understanding of how college will be like and learn how to become independent and make my own choices. Finally, I think that as a student, I will be able to contribute to the program as well. Coming from a diverse ethnic background as well as being one whose travelled to many places, I will be able to easily socialize with other students as well as share my experience at the school and encourage many other people I know to take this chance and apply as well. I hope that I will be able to attend this summer school because of the variety of choices and opportunities that are provided. Additionally, if I am able to go I will greatly look forward to this amazing opportunity.

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