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OFS Junior Accepted to Bard College
By Ian Gutgold, Oberlin College intern
Reprinted from the Spring 2012 Olney Today:
Olney Friends School is proud to announce the acceptance of junior Rory Huang by Bard College. Huang was accepted through Bard’s early admission program –which provides an opportunity for students with exceptionally strong high school records to begin college before finishing high school.
Huang, originally from Shanghai, China, plans to major in East Asian Studies. “I always wanted to go to a liberal arts college,” she explains. “Bard’s early admission program was perfect for me.”
She began her studies at Bard at the end of January. Bard’s College at Simon’s Rock is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
After attending another boarding school in Arizona, Huang was attracted to Olney Friends School because of the strong academic program. “I always wanted to study Advanced Placement,” she said. “Here I got the chance.”
In particular, Huang valued the humanities curriculum at Olney. Her favorite teacher, she said, was Daniel Raffety, who taught the 11th-grade Humanities course, a core course focusing on the history, literature, and geography of the ancient world.
In addition to her studies, Huang enjoyed participating in Olney’s Mid-Autumn Festival. Every fall, Asian students come together to cook food and celebrate the changing seasons together.
Although she is excited to begin college, Huang says she will miss her friends at Olney. “I like Olney because of the people and the atmosphere,” she said. “I’m happy I got to go here.”