Interlochen Arts Academy Earns a Brief Mention in New York Times “The Choice” Blog

Interlochen Arts Academy Earns Brief Mention in the New York TimesIn their post “The College Decision From The Professors’ Perspective,” Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman mention Interlochen Arts Academy as an example of a strong program and how to temper and weigh collegiate expectations.

“Don’t make a hobby into a deal-breaker. Whether — and how well — a college can accommodate your extracurricular interests is a reasonable thing to consider in making your final decision. Just don’t let it dominate your thinking. Yes, it’s nice to find a school where you can be on the wrestling team in spite of your less-than-Olympic-level skills, or play in the string quartet even though you never went to Interlochen. But you wouldn’t want to trade a better school, all things considered, for a lesser one, solely on the basis of a personal interest or hobby.”(NYT)

One of Jacobs and Hyman’s points also resonates well for families making their boarding school decisions right now. If you’re making your decision, I recommend making this angle part of your deliberations if you haven’t already:

“Imagine yourself there. …Your personal commitment to learning, your individual learning style, your ability to withstand the increased competition… — all of these are important determinants of how well you’ll learn — and grow… Take them into account when making your final selection.”(NYT)

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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