Will students have roommates?
Although our final dorm arrangements for next summer are still being determined, it is likely that students will have roommates during our 2018 program. Our double dorm rooms are spacious to give both roommates ample space and their own furniture. Admitted students will be notified of their room assignment in the weeks before the program starts in order to give roommates the opportunity to get to know each other before they arrive.
Can family visit students?
Parents or friends are invited to visit after the first week of school. We do not have an official parents’ day or weekend, but we like to see parents visit students if it is convenient for both the school and the parents. Sunday is the best day to plan a visit, as students and faculty are off campus on Saturdays. A request to spend a night off campus with parents must be approved by the TSSI director.
What happens if a student is homesick?
Homesickness is both natural and universal. Psychologists call it “separation anxiety,” and few people are unaffected by it. The faculty are prepared to support students who may experience homesickness, but getting over homesickness rests with the student. The best cure is to simply stay busy and get involved in the many activities that will be offered.
Can boarding students bring their personal electronic devices with them? Can they bring and use cell phones?
We want our students to come to the TSSI to be at the TSSI, and often electronics encourage us to withdraw rather than engage with others. Because we value the community that is formed in face-to-face communications, we limit electronics and cell phone usage to designated times, places and purposes. Students will be provided access to all technology needed for use in coursework during class and study time. They are valued essential tools for our programming when used properly. Students will also be given a Tilton School email address that will allow them to communicate and share documents with home and within the program.
Having a cell phone while at TSSI is a great way for students to keep in touch with their families while away from home. It is also a good way for the staff to maintain contact with students when traveling off campus on field trips. However, there are certain rules that students are required to follow in regards to cell phone use. When students first arrive on campus, they are required to call or text/email their families to let them know they arrived safely. After these phone calls, we ask the students to safely store their devices and be fully in the moments as we open up the session. This allows students to adjust more quickly to being away from home through the development of new friendships and full engagement in activities. Should a parent ever feel the need to contact their student during the day, they may do so directly through the office. Students should leave all non-essential electronic devices at home, such as gaming consoles and TVs. In our student center, we have table games, board games, TVs, the gym next door, and plenty to do all the time.