There are a lot of misconceptions on boarding schools, many say that it is for troubled teens and that parents who cannot handle their kids send them out to boarding school to be disciplined for them to come back all prim and proper. I used to see boarding schools like that until I came to experience what it’s like to be a student in a boarding school.
It was entirely different from what I had expected. Having been raised in a big family of five siblings we were all interconnected and very dependent on our parents. I would come home with my three brothers and younger sister to find supper ready for us waiting at the table. After eating we would play at night until our mom orders us to get ready for bed. I was not a troubled kid nor am I a rebel at home. My parents decided that boarding school would be the best opportunity to prepare me for college and they were right.
The first time I walked the halls of my boarding school I was excited and nervous all together. It made me feel sick all over and wanted to run back home but I knew that was far from happening anytime soon. Just like any new endeavor in life we are faced with the unknown and all we can do is hope that everything will turn out well.
Weeks have past and I thought to myself boarding school was not bad after all and I begin to wonder where all the negative impressions that boarding school is where troubled teens were sent to. My school mates were mostly above average and in no way troubled or rebellious in nature. Most students come from families that are well of, considering that boarding schools are very expensive. I was assigned in one of the boy’s dormitory and was scheduled to meet with my dorm advisor every other day. My dorm advisor serves as my guidance teacher in my school. She assists me on everything that I need in my dormitory and academic studies as well. She is in constant contact with my parents and she gives them feedback of my well being and academic performance in school.
What I enjoy most about boarding school are the friends I have made. I have shared a lot of experiences both pleasant and unpleasant ones with them for they serve as my support system being away from home. Our bond has grown deeper each year as we discover each other’s interests, strengths and weaknesses. We share good times in school within the vast school grounds and spacious halls of our dormitory.
Living in a boarding school is not all fun and freedom to do everything we wish to do. Boarding schools teaches students to become responsible individuals who are accountable to their own actions. We are reprimanded for violations of the rules and regulations imposed by the school. We are expected to be in proper decorum at all times and to respect each one of our colleagues, teachers and school staff.
Boarding school offers a highly competitive curriculum that can best prepare a student for higher education. Faculty staffs boasts of MBA graduates and experienced professors in their own fields of expertise and subject matter. It is truly an experience that compares to no other.