Many of you who are interested in our blog probably want to attend boarding school. One huge step towards attaining this goal is to convince your parents. They are your guardians, your financial providers, and ones you need to have as supporters. I remember the first time I brought up my wish to go to boarding school. My parents’ reaction were not ideal. It took a lot of effort to get them to agree and finally support me in my decisions. Here are some tips on how to convince your guardians:
1. WORK HARD
As you all know, most quality boarding schools are extremely difficult to get into. For most of us, the application alone is an extreme struggle. First, you have to take the SSATs (in order to get a solid score, one has to study very hard). Secondly, there are all the application forms that are quite tedious. Thirdly, you have to crank out several essays that will impress the admissions office. Finally, there is that daunting interview, the most essential part of this process since the interviewer’s impression of you can make or break your acceptance. Show your parents that you are willing to partake in this difficult journey by beginning to do so. Once they see you actually starting the application process, their uncertainty of whether you actually want to attend will disappear and they will understand your true will to attend boarding school.
2. MAKE A PRESENTATION!
When I was convincing my parents, I went ahead and made a little powerpoint to present to my parents. I had top 10 schools that I was considering and deeply researched each of them. I made a list of reasons on why each individual school is appealing to me. I had pictures displaying the beautiful campuses. Factual data on teacher to students ratio… The list goes on and on. After this presentation, my parents seemed really impressed by some of the schools and had a slight change of heart. Sometimes, all it takes is for your parents to get to know the schools a little more!
3. SIT DOWN AND HAVE A SERIOUS TALK WITH THEM
Attending boarding school is not an irrational decision. It requires some serious thinking. You are literally moving away from home to immerse yourself in a strange environment for several years. If you are 100% sure that your dream school is a boarding school, then make plans with your parents to sit down at a private setting (sometimes these talks might turn into arguments, you don’t want that in public). Patiently explain that your wish to attend boarding school is genuine and assure them of your certainty. After voicing this, your parents might reconsider just because they did not think you were serious before. Often, all it takes is for you to tell them, “I’m for real!”
Hope these tips help. Good luck!