You get a first class education inside the classroom and outside. At NCS I got to try all these different things—making maple syrup and tapping trees, chicken harvest, barn chores, communal meals, events like Thanksgiving—and what matters is that you participated. NCS can take the credit for instilling my passion for the arts because there I had everything at my fingertips—painting, drawing, woodshop, silk screening, photography—and everything is encouraged. NCS teaches people to think unconventionally, not to put limitations on yourself. You learn to do more than what you are ‘supposed’ or ‘allowed’ to do in life.