Loomis Chaffee Application Essay

I am a 9th grade student applying to repeat 9th grade but I skipped 8th grade. I moved over the summer from FL to OR and in Fl I went to the top private prep school which was extremely rigorous(my school is very well known with the New England prep schools because of its positive reputation). Now I am going to a public high school after moving here and skipping 8th grade. I am currently taking a mix of 9th and 10th grade classes and have 1 B and the rest A's. In 6th grade I had straight A's and In 7th I had a mix of A's and B's :(.
Besides that, am strongly involved in broadcasting in particular, filming about issues in society. In the spring of 2017 I won an extremely prestigious international film competition and will be interning over the summer at an international news station. In addition to this, I am extremely interested in immunotherapy research in cancer and am writing a book on my friend who struggles in cancer. Also I volunteer at an orphanage in Europe and have a very close relationship with the children there.
Clubs: Model UN
Sports: Equestrian, and swimming. In swimming I am an average swimmer(comparing myself to the schools swim teams and will be on the varsity team).
SSAT: I haven't taken the test yet, but I should have between a 80-88 percentile.
Interview and tour: I fit very well into the 3 schools I am applying too and at my interviews at Choate and Hotchkiss, my interviewers said they are very impressed with me and I am exactly the kind of applicant they are looking for. I have a Skype interview with Loomis in 3 weeks.
My application essays are very strong and I am Caucasian and will need little to no financial aid.

My recommendations from teachers will be fabulous and several of the teachers who asked if they could write a recommendation for me are very well known in their fields and are highly respected professors by the teaching community.
Given this information what do you think are my chances of acceptance for these schools?
Thank you!

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Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?

Though some other schools advertise writing improvement, Loomis provides a legitimate writing program designed to cultivate true mastery of the written word. "Writing workshop" starts Fall of Sophomore year with grammar and individual sentence structure. By the next semester, essays are the norm. A foundation could easily lay barren; Loomis, however, continues to build, year by year, until the structure is complete. I have found college teachers hoping for mere competence on Freshman papers. Actual finesse startles them. Having such a skill significantly smoothed a historically bumpy academic transition into college.

2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?

If I did not leave my local high school for Loomis after freshman year, the scholarship that lured me to Davidson, my well-developed self-awareness, my ability to communicate with peers, adults and even kids - none of these opportunities and skills would exist. A mixture of leaving home and the culture of Loomis cultivated my innate abilities while instilling in me new ones. My Loomis career culminated in my appointment as Head Resident Assistant senior year. Compare my senior self with the egotistic, frightened student of sophomore year and the benefits of Loomis emerge.

3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?

When I first arrived at Loomis, I believed I had to make a choice in the first few months: academics or social life. I chose academics in an effort to right myself from the slide (a relative slide, from A's to B's) I began to experience in high school. Yes, I did right myself, but I was not socially satisfied. I felt somewhere between content and melancholy. The balance between the two, or the realization that both were important came at the end of Junior Year. Had I realized there didn't need to be a tradeoff between the two earlier, perhaps those first semesters would have more enjoyable.

4.) What did you like most about your school?

When looking at schools, the level of academic rigor hits a certain height at Loomis that differs greatly from lower schools, but in comparison to the Deerfields, Choates and Hotchkisses, varies very little. How Loomis develops the emotional intelligence of its students really raises its standing among its competitors.

5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?

Dorms have faculty on duty every night. Some are known to have food. Find out who these faculty are, what night they work, in which dorm, and finally, find a way to curry favor with these people. Your late night cravings depend on it.


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