Anonymous said: What would you say are the top benefits of going to boarding school? How about the disadvantages?I am applying to boarding school for entrance in my junior year - do you think the benefits outweigh how challenging the adjustment might be?
-Different experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise have (ex. at my school we got to study abroad for a few weeks and we had exchange students come for us to host)
-the curriculum (Though there are certainly regular schools that offer lots of options, they are usually larger schools with lots of resources and not everyone lives where that is an option. Boarding school offers a large variety of classes and quality ones at that on a smaller more personal scale)
-The connections you make with people (people say that your college friends are the ones you end up staying connected to for the rest of your life but at boarding school you live with people the same way and for a longer time and make connections that definitely last. I was also able to spend a lot more time with professors getting help and also getting to know them and it really added to my high school experience)
-The adjustment, of course (it’s harder for some than others. I found it hard because I went to the same school with the same people for 10 years and never had to make new friends before. Some people get homesick easily. Some people don’t have a problem at all. Since you’re going to be a junior you may be ready to get away from home and you may not have a problem at all)
-The cost (For some people that might be a problem. It might even out in the long run though if your boarding school helps you get better scholarships for college so the money you spend now helps cut back later on. Of course there are people that can afford it just fine too, so this might not be a disadvantage)
I think if you can make it through the initial adjustment (for me it took my whole first year) then you’ll be just fine and you certainly get a lot out of going to boarding school.