A Day at Harbor
The student experience at Harbor School is defined largely by how often and to what extent students take advantage of what the school has to offer. From the moment students arrive, they are invited to participate in the school’s unique on-water programming.
We caught up with Paul Blatt ’14 who shares advice on setting goals and extracurriculars, and gives us a day’s glimpse of his experience at Harbor School.
Paul Blatt ’14
The great thing about Harbor School is that it teaches responsibility and the value of teamwork. Even at Indock, the school’s freshman orientation program, students learn that they must “pull hard and pull together” — a motto we have for not just raising sails but for all our work together.
“Harbor School teaches responsibility and the value of teamwork.”
On Setting Goals
It’s really important to begin high school with a sense of the future. I recommend that incoming freshmen think about life after high school, not in terms of where they want to go, but in terms of what they need to have accomplished and experienced in order to have a choice of where to go. Start high school with a plan of self-improvement and set ambitious short-term goals: I want to keep an 90+ average in all my classes by the first marking period and I want to join at least one after school activity by October. Keeping on track with these types of short term goals and setting new ones each semester will prove invaluable when it’s time to begin applying to college. Trust me!
How many public high schools in New York City teach their students to sail? Take advantage of the unique on-water activities that Harbor School provides. Go rowing or swimming. Build a boat. Learn to fish. Test the water quality in New York Harbor and then present your findings to local, state, and federal agencies. At Harbor School, students have opportunities to make real connections with the water and its these opportunities that define the school’s extracurricular activities. You can play basketball at any high school. Can you take your friends for a cruise on your school’s sailboats?