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Hi all, Every trimester my school puts on either a play or musical. This year’s fall play is a play called, Almost, Maine by John Cariani. The play is composed of a series of vignettes, depicting romantic relationships in a town … Continue reading
So it’s that time of year! Love is in the air, couples are overly affectionate, and the single people… are well… single. But contrary to popular belief, single people can still have fun. Sure Valentine’s day is all about love, but since … Continue reading
So, I know we’re new here, but I wanted to take this first post just to clarity a little bit about ourselves and boarding school. My friends and I were talking one day about how few people understand boarding life. I thought this would be a good topic for my first casual post. There are so many misconceptions about what we do and why we go here. I’d say most boarding school students have all experienced it when they mention they go to boarding school and someone asks them “What did you do?” with shock in their eyes. I know that when I first started telling people I would be leaving Newport Beach for high school, a good amount of people quickly assumed I had some “issues” or was a “juvenile delinquent.” No, I’m proud to say, I’m neither of those things. Yes, there are boarding schools that house students to try and keep them out of trouble or change their ways, but those are called reformatory boarding schools. Basically, not every boarding school is meant for reform or a place to send your kids to get them out of the house. In fact, most aren’t. And I mean no offense to people who attend reformatory schools, because I even know some people who go to ones like that, and even those kinds of school are misunderstood. Now, it’s nobody’s fault. I don’t want to be that person who blames problems in society on “the media,” but to a certain extent, TV shows like Zoey 101 and Gossip Girl portray boarding schools as a stereotype, and because they aren’t common enough, it can be hard to realize that not all boarding schools are “party schools” or filled with “rich, snobby, kids.”
I, unlike most boarding school students, never even considered going away to high school until about mid-seventh grade. So before that, I was a little guilty of believing some stereotypes, so I know how easy it is to be unaware. However, the truth of the matter is that there are many different types boarding schools. Yes, some (particularly on the East Coast) are more preppy than others, and some are reformatory schools, but a vast majority of boarding schools are either college-prep schools (like mine), or simply schools where the students live there—there’s not a huge difference.
The other very common stereotype regarding boarding schools, is that students are “sent” there. When my mom would mention that her daughter goes to boarding school, other adults would respond with “I just love my daughter/son too much” or “why would you ever want to send them away?” Now, I was the one who originally brought up boarding schools at the dinner table, and although my parent were pretty supportive, it still took some time to fully convince them this was the right choice. In fact, I don’t think it was until toward the end of my freshman year did they realize just how good of choice this school was for me. But to a nervous parent having to deal with their youngest child leaving the nest at fourteen years old, being accused of “not loving their children enough” can be hard. Yes, boarding schools that you are sent to do exist, but most of them time, students want to go. In fact, I would say most of the time they do, because if a student doesn’t want to attend a boarding school, a school would probably not even accept them, or if they come, then they will not enjoy themselves and leave. At my school in particular, no one is ever sent here. The community and school dynamic simply requires students to want to be here, and that’s what makes them work hard.
I know having this rant as my first post, might not be a good idea. I don’t want you to think I’m some angry high school student out to avenge all stereotypes. I just it’s important to understand boarding schools, so people aren’t afraid to apply and can be supportive of friends and families who attend boarding schools. With that said, before high school, I was guilty of thinking all boarding schools had plaid skirts and some had movie theaters like in Zoey 101, but now I attend one which doesn’t have uniforms and unfortunately, no movie theater. I won’t always post long rants like this, but a reason why we started this blog was to show the world the truth about boarding school students, share our knowledge and techniques of “away from home” living to other boarding school students, and to create a place to share our random thoughts of being a teenage girl in today’s world. With that said, the boardersblog, although it’s included in the title, will not be centralized around boarding school. We will include various posts geared toward other boarders, but most of our posts will simply regard our deep, pensive thoughts on the meaning of life and stuff. :) I encourage you to come back and spread the word of this new site! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for other articles, please email us or leave a comment below!
My name’s Morgana, and although I go to a boarding school, I’m a day student. The year I started high school was the same year my older brother left for college, and my mother just couldn’t handle losing us both the same year. Although I’m a sophomore, I quite enjoy being a day student—it has it’s perks. Plus, in December I’ll be able to get my license! So that’s definitely an advantage.
I usually start my day off by waking up at 7:00, throwing in my contacts, setting up my morning playlist, and hopping in the shower. I don’t usually eat breakfast (I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day blah blah blah…). If I have time though I’ll grab a banana and eat it in the car. That’s if my mom refuses to let me drive to school. I’ll be taking my driver’s test in December so I need to rack up all the experience I can get! Therefore, food can wait.
I arrive at school around at 8 to 8:10, which is plenty of time to get my books ready before classes start at 8:30. Yes, I’m that one kid that feels the need to carry a briefcase to school. Not to be hipster… ahahah I actually have this admiration for briefcases in which I’ll go to thrift stores and just kind of collect them.
Classes are pretty normal, I have them everyday, so nothing special. My favorite class is photography. Art classes are always the best classes to me. It’s so much easier being creative then reading out of a textbook. Although classes are pretty much the same, the real fun comes during the free periods! In which I’ll usually sit in the day student room with my friend Emma watching Teen Wolf. It’s our new obsession, but after every show we always find a new one to start. American Horror Story recently came back so we just started that. If i haven’t mentioned, I’m kind of in love with Evan Peters. Well more his character Tate Langdon… and actually every other character he plays in AHS… but mostly Tate.
After school finishes at 3:10, we have sports from 3:30 to 5:00. I’m not the best at sports… and as I’ve mentioned I’m more of an Arts person, therefore I dance. Dance is something I love and have been doing since I was 11. I also take part in my schools Dance Ensemble (which is basically a dance team but my teacher hates calling it that, due to the fact that it makes us sound like some snobby students on dance moms). Our recent Dance Ensemble adventure is one in which we will be going to China this upcoming month! I’m pretty excited, considering the last time I went I was about 2 and can’t remember much of anything. We’re going to put on this 20 minute piece filled with dancing and singing. Hopefully I get through it, so wish me luck! :)
- About Morgana (theboardersblog.com)