Avery Kean '19
Everyone dreads it: the awful, exhausting, too sweaty/too freezing/too windy trek across the Close to your required co-ed class. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve sprinted in front of the Cathedral to make it to class on time, and I’m not proud to mention how many times I’ve not-so-accidently barrelled into an oblivious tourist while doing it. Even through all the complaining, however, I’ve really loved having the opportunity to take classes at STA.
As a senior, I’ve had the chance to take both American Literary Traditions and Expository Writing at St. Albans. I truly enjoyed taking Expo because I was able to be creative in my writing, but the class also gave me a stronger command of grammar. I also thoroughly enjoyed AmLit because it was incredibly collaborative; we consistently did work in groups to analyze and discuss our readings.
The remainder of my English classes have been at NCS, and I’ve loved them too, for different reasons though. Something I especially appreciate in NCS classes is the Harkness Method. I think it can be hard to come from either school and switch into an environment that either doesn’t incorporate Harkness or one that heavily emphasizes its important, but I still believe it’s necessary for our education to switch it up and be immersed into the different experience. I’ve found that at either school, each class has varied slightly in grading and assessments, but are nonetheless rigorous and demanding of hard work.
So yes, sometimes the walk across the wind tunnel is excruciating and painfully long, but in all, it is worth it. Personally, I’ve enjoyed both my NCS and STA classes, and I think the coordinate program is an entirely necessary aspect of both schools’ curriculum.
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