by Leila Smith ’21
Walking into Philosophy Club you hear a buzz of people discussing, agreeing and occasionally yelling. The student leaders guiding the conversation to a friendly, productive place. The members of the club express their ideas and opinions freely and there is always a rebuttal or chance to dig deeper.
I am a leader of Philosophy Club and we are a discussing based club running every Wednesday night. Everyone is always welcome as the more people that come to club the better and more diverse the discussions. Often we discuss topics that defy societal norms. For example, one of my favourite discussions was an animal ethics topic. We talked about all the different implications of owning animals and developed some incredible ideas.
A common practice of clubs at George School is fundraising through merchandise. Because clubs are student-led we often have to create our own funds for events and additional expenses. At Philosophy Club we sell baseball caps every year. Often at events sponsored by other clubs like Georgecella (a music festival). Every George School club is unique and they all have different niches. Philosophy Club provides excellent insight into the pensive side of GS.
Here is photo of my friends and I on our last day of freshman year!
by Sophia Sharareh ’21
I chose George School because of their loving and accepting community. The first time I visited GS was at the annual open house in 2016. A student gave me a tour of the campus, he talked about the classes, clubs, sports, IB Diploma, and so much more. It was also Harvest Weekend, so the whole campus smelled like apple butter. Everybody I met that day at GS was so nice and welcoming. I could immediately feel the sense of community. I fell in love. The George School community is one of the most accepting, hospitable communities I have ever encountered. There are so many people of different backgrounds and ethnicities and everyone gets along so great. The teachers try so hard to make their students do well, encourage you to ask questions, and try to form close bonds with you. I was not even nervous on my first day of freshman year because I knew that no matter what I did or who I talked to, people would accept me for who I was.
by Skylar Karpf ’21
Which teacher has made the most impact on me here at George School? If i’m being
completely honest, it’s hard to pick just one.
All of the teachers here at George School are so passionate, supportive, and motivate. However, there is one teacher that will forever stand out of the crowd for me. Math teacher and dorm head, Julia Nickles is one of the most awe-inspiring people I have ever met. It all started when I was going through a rough time. I was experiencing family problems. Because I am so family-oriented, having issues among my family shakes me, so it affected my ability to stay focused during school. Not to mention all of the stress I was having at the time contributed from school work. So, Julia pulled me over one day after class and talked with me for a couple hours. She then offered to talk / listen to me every couple days, in which I took up each offer. I would tell her what was bothering me, she’d listen, then advise me on what’s the best approach to take per situation.
After talking with Julia and knowing that someone cared so much for me, I felt a lot better. All I needed was advise and someone to listen to me. Ever since that day, Julia always makes an effort to check up on me every other week. If it weren’t for Julia, I couldn’t even imagine how different the outcome would have been. Because Julia and I established such a close relationship last year, she is the first person that comes to mind when I’m not only upset, but happy too. What Julia did and continues to do shows me how great of a community I am in. I am in a community surrounded by incredible people who only want the best for one another. The close bonds and relationships the students form not only with each other, but with the teachers is my favorite thing about George School. I’m beyond grateful to be in such a great community around some of the most amazing people. Here, you’re not just a number.
by Zau Haskins ’21
Having a prefect is an important part of your George School Experience. A prefect is designed to help guide you through some of you struggles at George School. As seniors they take on the responsibilities of being older siblings and role models to their peers in the dorm. They have been through everything and provide great advice to help you made good decisions and avoid bad ones. Although they have their role as prefects, they also serve as friends. On my floor, my prefects are Ashleigh Azan and Mindy Xu. Ashleigh and I share a common passion for dance and step. So, between the dorm and our other obligations I see her a lot and she is someone I can always talk to. Mindy is a warm person I do not see a lot on campus, but in the dorm, we share many memories as she attempts to help me study for physics and encourage me to do my dorm job before study hall. Overall, prefects add a positive and familiar environment and serve as mentors through your GS journey!
by Zau Haskins ’21
One of the most important things that George School offers for students is for them to take their own initiative to get involved with the community. One of the ways GS provides students to take their own initiative is by giving the opportunity for student run clubs. The clubs at GS are made and ran by students which gives us an outlet to express to the community our ideas, hobbies, concerns, and any other reason that would spark someone’s interest to make a club. This year, along with 2 other students, created and organized our own dance club. We combined our love for different styles of dance like, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and others to teach to anyone of any skill level to just come and have fun. I enjoy dance club every week, because I am doing what I love and sharing it with my peers for overall a good time to let off some of the stress during the week!
by Zau Haskins ’21
George School creates an environment that helps build you up and help you at your worst. This week has been a very challenging week with many obstacles including: many tests and quizzes, organizing conflicting obligations, keeping up with my sport, and overall just balancing the many responsibilities that come my way. Even though I have many things to juggle at GS, the community helps guide me in ways to help. For example, I had a big math test this week that I did not feel prepared for and I also had different meetings and sports I also had to go to. After feeling very overwhelmed that I would not have anytime to go to a math consultation with the teacher, I reached out to her with my dilemma and we brainstormed times we could meet or ways she could help. We finally agreed on a time outside the consult time that she cold meet me for my test. At GS, if you just reach out to your teachers or anyone with your problems, they always are happy to help! It is nice to know that you have a staff and community behind you to lift you up in your times of need.
by Sarah Mayer ’22
At George School, there are many activities that students can partake in. They are offered as weekend activities or as clubs that occur during the week. Clubs are created by students who have various interests that they would like to share with others. They are usually held throughout the week at whatever time works best for the group, though some clubs do hold weekend activities for the whole school. Some of the clubs that are offered are the social justice club, photography, biochemistry, plus many others. Each weekend at GS there are always many activities students can do. In fact, the student activities board sends out a whole schedule of a weekend filled with events. An example of some activities are the fright fest at six flags, going to movies, going to the mall, and there is almost always a sports game you can watch. George School offers many activities that I would encourage students to partake in.
By Andrew Arth ’19
Hello Friends, and welcome to week 2 of the blog. The number 1 question I get asked on tours is why did I choose to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma. “Do you even plan on going abroad?” they ask. “Is it better than AP?” or “Why do you need a second diploma?” are the two follow-ups which I always am ready for. Well, let’s start with the basics.
Yes, IB is a secondary diploma which is an addition to your George School diploma. No, it is not required by George School, in fact it is wholly optional. No, it is not “better” than AP and AP is not “better” than the IB, they are simply different entities. And to answer the last question of why, I think it is more important to understand the minds of George School students. As a community we are a group that tends to seek out knowledge, to question preconceived notions, and lean into the unknown. We embrace dissenting opinions in search for a greater truth, in search of the light. So, you may be asking at this point, “Well, how does this at all relate to the IB?”
In my opinion, the IB only helps to expedite this process of in-depth thinking. It truly is a worldly education and an opportunity that not many are afforded. It places emphasis on real world skills like writing, field work, research, and reflection. The IB not only pushes the idea of exploration, it necessitates and places students in opportunities to do so. When writing Internal Assessments, you are evaluating and offering solutions to real world, modern day problems. You are not training yourself to be the problem-solvers of tomorrow, you are becoming the problem-solver of today. It is much more than an academic tick mark, a diploma to hang on the wall, and a conversation piece to impress interviewers down the road. It is a way of thinking and learning that is more holistic, encompassing, and reflective than any else, in my opinion. So when the question of “why IB?” is raised, I think to myself “why not?”
Sarah with her Advisor and collection group
by Sarah Mayer ’21
When I started freshmen year George School I was a little nervous regarding the amount of time and effort that would be required to meet the rigorous academic requirements. Since then I have grown to appreciate the academics and emotional support that is provided. George School really focuses on our mental health since they realize the amount of work that is given plus the additional stresses of extracurricular activities puts a lot of pressure on us. When you join the community you will be randomly assigned an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member who meets with you along with 3-6 other students 3 times a week. The advisor is someone who you can go to for any reason and is there to ensure you are successful. Another academic support GS provides are consultations, which are when you meet with a teacher for guidance academically. For example, you need to go over some material or any other issue that would need to be consulted there is time allotted at the end of the day to do so. Another option is, each night during study hall there is writing, language, math, and other services to help you with whatever you may be having trouble with. Overall GS provides a very helpful support system.
Each term, George School Ambassadors will write blogs detailing the George School experience through their eyes. We hope you enjoy meeting Zau ’21 and following her George School journey.
My name is Zau Haskins and I am a sophomore boarder! As an eighth grader on my tour at George School, I was drawn to how friendly and warm the environment was. One of the main reasons I said yes to GS and became a tour guide was because my tour guide was very joyful, and her energy was contagious, she created a safe space for conversation for an observant and quiet person like I was and continued a connection with me while entering the school as a freshman. Coming from Atlanta, Georgia, adjusting to a new school in a completely different region without my parents was a challenge of my maturity as a young adult. While in middle school, I was very reliant on my parents. They would always check in on me to make sure I was on top of my work. When the thought of going to a boarding school was introduced as an option for me, I immediately considered it because I wanted to become more dependent on myself so that when I go to college I am prepared to knock out any obstacles that come my way. George School made this transition very easy for me because there was always an opportunity to be involved with the community through different clubs, collections, sports, and much more! Overall, George School is a very comfortable, welcoming environment to be in and easy to get accustomed to even living hours away from your home.