Students Return from Fall Semester Programs
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 22nd, 2013This fall, a handful of Milton Academy students went beyond Milton’s campus to experience a semester of new surroundings, people, and styles of learning. At semester programs such as Chewonki, Island School, CITYterm, and the Mountain School, these students were able to take a semester away from Milton and engage in something new and exciting. The students who left for the first semester are now back, and a new group of students are already enjoying their second semester experiences away.
Each school offers a unique experience for students. Chewonki is in Wiscasset, Maine, where students spend time kayaking, hiking, and snowshoeing in addition to attending classes.
At the Island School in Cape Eleuthera, the Bahamas, students write journals underwater, train for 4 mile swims and half marathons, and lend a hand at local schools.
CITYterm takes place in Dobbs Ferry, NY, where students, surrounded by amazing culture, learn about New York City and are able to explore the city hands-on. Students on CITYterm can also take evenings off to appreciate more of the city.
Finally, there is the Mountain School of Milton Academy, in Vershire, Vermont. Students live and work on a farm, constantly surrounded by the great outdoors.
While these schools receive a large number of applicants, each school takes between 30 and 60 students, creating a very close knit community where students from throughout the country form tight bonds with each other and with the adults at the school.
The application process is feasible for anyone who is interested. Yemisi Olorunwunmi (II), who spent her first semester this year at CITYterm, said, “the application process was very simple,” consisting of a few short answer questions, recommendations, and her transcript. This system seemed to be the same for all four schools.
Maggie Bland (II), through convincing proposals and meetings, brought the Island School to Milton, making it possible for her and for future students to apply. Her favorite part of the semester was when she went on a forty-eight hour ‘solo’ (two days alone on the beach) after a weeklong kayak trip because she “got to reflect and be alone for the first time in [her] life.”
Ultimately, as Yemi said, the semester programs are opportunities for “self assessment.” Allowing yourself to go beyond Milton and experience new things is very important for self-growth, she believes. Yemi’s favorite part of her experience was the last night when she went dancing. “We were part of New York,” she said, “swirling with all types of people.”
The transition back to Milton has been an interesting one for all returning students, but most would also describe it as easy. Many of the semester schools are similar to Milton; the teachers at the semester schools understand the difficulty and the type of curriculum that Milton follows, making for a smooth transition back to campus. “Milton is a very loving and accepting place,” said Yemi.
The semester schools offer unique opportunities for Milton students to try something far removed from their day-to-day experiences. Each program has a website filled with academic, social, and philosophical information about each campus and its beliefs, a resource worth looking into if you are a sophomore or a junior looking to experience something new next year.
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