This past weekend we had “Family Weekend” at our school. This happens at the end of October every year, and it’s an opportunity for everyone’s close friends and family to visit our school, see us, and learn about our everyday lives. Although I cannot speak for every boarding school, this is a pretty common event, which allows parents to meet other parents and teachers and build relationships. At Thacher, we have shortened classes that our parents can accompany us to, so they can meet our teachers and see what we do at school. For the past two years, I have had a lot of family visit me on this weekend. Because I only live about two and half hours away, it’s pretty easy for my parents, along with my sister and her family to drive up and see me. I loved seeing my family, and they really enjoying seeing the campus and getting familiar with my everyday life.
Often, people ask me when I see my parents or when I get to go home. Family Weekend, for many students, is the first time they see their parents since they’ve left for school. My school does a pretty good job at making sure we see our family and have time to go home. In general, students can go home for a weekend to their house, but that doesn’t happen often unless you live very close because we’re always so busy and “taking a weekend” takes too much time. After Family Weekend, we have a week-long Thanksgiving Break, then a three-week-long Holiday Break, then a two-week-long Spring Break, then another weekend in the spring that many families come up to visit. So, although it’s not every day, we still do see our parents and come home throughout the school year. In addition, we all call our parents and some Skype to keep in touch more frequently. Going to school away from home can definitely be tough, but if it’s the right decision for you, then staying in touch with your family is very manageable. Always, Emma :)