Congratulations to Rose for her Early Decision offer to study at the highly-regarded Bard College, New York.
The youngest of three sisters to have attended Shrewsbury, Rose’s first experience of Bard on a cold and rainy day back in 2019 appeared slightly unpromising, however the warmth of the admissions counsellors there - coupled with the idyllic campus location overlooking the Hudson River - struck a chord with Rose, who returned to Shrewsbury keen to research its offerings more, and to seek further advice from the school’s Higher Education specialists.
Amongst Bard’s particular draws, she says, is the opportunity to participate in its high quality and extensive dance programme; a passion that runs throughout her family and which the Shrewsbury community has been lucky to enjoy in a variety of performances throughout her time at the school.
At this point in time, a major in dance followed by a career in dance therapy feels like the natural option for Rose, however, she’s not ruling out anything yet and is keen to take full advantage of exploring the range of courses offered through Bard’s varied liberal arts programme.
That open mindset is reflected in Rose’s balanced A level choices of Maths, Biology and Geography; academics which she also continues to balance with interests outside of the classroom, particularly in music.
“Being a member of the orchestra, and in the choirs too, has given me a really good release from some of the academic pressures, and has helped me to make really good friends across different year groups. The school offers so many opportunities to get involved in different things, and work with other students on projects and performances where you share responsibility and feel a real sense of collective achievement”.
She continues, “Across all those things - not just in academics - the standards are high, and it really motivates everyone to work for each other. The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, for example, really helped me to become a real team player which is a huge life skill. I’ve been at Shrewsbury for 15 years and I’ve developed enormously as an individual, but I also see the positive change that this environment has on others who join the school at a later stage. Whilst I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead, I know that Shrewsbury will always be in my heart”.
Lovely words, Rose. We’ll miss you too! All the best for wherever your journey takes you!