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Source: GSW Student end-of-session evaluations, 2006.

In 2006, 99% of students strongly agreed or agreed that Governor's School was a rewarding experience.


  • It, if nothing else, can help you change the way you think and see the world for the better and sample contemporary ideas that you would possibly never be exposed to otherwise. (Instrumental Music)
  • I have been challenged to question and defend my beliefs and have been able to discuss things on a deeper, more intellectual level. (Instrumental Music)
  • It is a very rewarding experience where you can learn so many new things. You experience things you never would have otherwise, and you meet many amazing people. (Mathematics)
  • It's not a school . . . it's the best summer of my life. (Mathematics)
  • After not wanting to leave home and being homesick and stressed here . . . I really don't want to leave. Ever. (Natural Science)
  • Governor's School is such an awesome, rewarding experience…The freedom to learn in any way possible is what makes this place special and different from regular high school. (Natural Science)
  • Put all your heart into this place and allow it to completely just absorb you. You'll find yourself becoming the person you were meant to be: open-minded and passionate about what you believe in. Governor's School isn't just a place to go for the summer; it's a place that is, in and of itself, a world to go for learning how to live. (Natural Science)
  • Governor's School is a community of actively engaged learners. The power of knowledge is epitomized in this program. (Natural Science)
  • Everything about Governor's School was amazing and helped mold me into a new, improved person. I love who I've come to be. (Natural Science)
  • People understand you there. (Natural Science)
  • This place was amazing! It allowed me to be free in expressing my opinions and beliefs while at the same time enlightening me on other's opinions. (Natural Science)
  • GSW was one of the best experiences of my life. I gained valuable friendships, respect for myself, intellectual curiosity, and a more diversified worldview. (Social Science)
  • I am so grateful to have been chosen for such a wonderful program surrounded by great intellect and the desire to explore new ideas. I would not trade my Governor's School experience for the world! (Social Science)
  • I am a better person because of it. (Social Science)
  • GSW definitely surpassed all my expectations. (Social Science)
  • Governor's School is an amazing way to meet new people who have the same interests and concerns as you. The friends I've made here I'll keep in touch with for years. There are endless opportunities for students who are interested in the world around us. It's not like high school because here there is no apathy in any of the students. (Art)
  • GS is an excellent chance to learn new things, meet new people, form relationships that will last a lifetime, and expand your mind to what the world has to offer. (Art)
  • You're heavily engaged in interesting seminars, the curriculum you came to study, and are forced to actually think & consider what you're doing with your life instead of just being in the moment. You learn to live all over again. (Choral Music)
  • Governor's School is AMAZING! I am completely changed. My classes challenged me on so many levels and helped me think more critically and consider new ideas. This environment is perfect for free thought and inspiration. Public schools are so mediocre compared to this. The friends I've made will be with me forever. I couldn't imagine a better way to spend my summer! I hope I can be a TAC someday! (Choral Music)
  • The entire program is really wonderful and has changed me for the better. I feel that now I have a real direction in life. (Choral Music)
  • I feel ready to go home and use all the knowledge I gained here, but I will miss everyone who shaped my experience and I will always value my time here. (Choral Music)
  • Thank you state of North Carolina! (Drama)
  • I can't say enough good things about GSW. It has changed the way I look at things and my life in general in a positive way. My TACs were a big part of bringing our hall together. (Choral Music)
  • I can't imagine a way I would want to change this program. The structure is wonderful, the instructors are amazing, and the atmosphere is inspiringly unique. (Drama)
  • Governor's School West helped me see who I am. Previously, I didn't want to see that person. (Drama)
  • Overall it was one of the best decisions I ever made on how to spend my summer. I learned, became more aware, met so many people, and had fun! (Dance)
  • It was a great experience so different from anything else I've done. The environment is so open, intelligent, and comfortable. I hope to be able to enjoy such an adventure again. (English)
  • I am so very thankful for the opportunity of attending GSW. I have never in my life felt so comfortable and alive. (English)
  • It has been amazing. I've never felt so at home in my life. All in all, keep up the good work. (English)


If one of your friends considered applying to the Governor's School in the future, what would you tell him/her?

  • I would advise him/her to make it [their] utmost priority to secure a place at Governor's School. I would also tell him/her that the experience of one summer will alter the rest of [their] life. (Instrumental Music)
  • Apply. No job, trip to the beach or chill time with friends can compare with Governor's School. You gain such a strong sense of self and independence that any other summer activity seems trivial. (Mathematics)
  • I would tell the person that it is an incredible and rewarding experience and that few other summer activities come close to its greatness. (Social Science)
  • [Governor's School] was a tremendously rewarding experience which I will never forget. If they want to make the most out of their summer, they should apply to Governor's School. (Social Science)
  • That if you go into with an open and flexible mind set and with a willingness to devote yourself to the program, that it will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life that will change you forever! (Art)
  • Take the application seriously, definitely go for it, it's a huge honor to get in and it will be the best summer of your life. (Choral Music)
  • Go for it! It's the best use of a summer ever and really prepares you for college and life. (Choral Music)
  • It will be the highlight of their high school education. (Drama)
  • I would say that Governor's School is not the school we know to exist every day; it's so much more than that. It's a place where people care about the students, about the teachers, about the process of learning in itself. We hardly ever get a chance to experience true passion for education, so one must take advantage of this opportunity. (Drama)
  • I would strongly encourage them to go, especially if they feel suffocated or trapped within the confines of traditional high school. (Dance)
  • I would tell her that it is an awesome place and an opportunity to experience a new and refreshing attitude towards learning. I've never enjoyed learning and the people around me so much. (Spanish)
  • If you want to grow, learn, bond, live, and have an incredible summer, do it. Absolutely. (Spanish)
  • I would tell them this was the best academic experience of my life. It's not like school because everyone wants to learn, even the teachers. You also make great friends and meet lots of different and interesting people. (Spanish)
  • Go because it's a million times better than school and you meet A LOT of cool people there. (English)
  • Don't hesitate to apply. Don't stop to consider whether you'd like to “waste” your summer here before you even apply, just do it. And if you get in, go. It's a very simple choice. (English)
  • Not only would I advise him/her to apply, I would jump up and down and possibly break into song about how much I wish I could live at Governor's School. (English)