We know that this time of year can be daunting for those about to apply to an independent or boarding school! September marks the beginning of school fairs, visits, and, ultimately, applications. Read on for some advice for making it through this process from the students at Miss Porter’s School who have been through it most recently: New Girls!
“Go for it! There isn’t really any downside. Worst thing that could possibly happen, you don’t get in. But even if you don’t get in, at least you gave it a shot! As any sports player will have heard before, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. So take a shot!” – Annie W., Connecticut
“I would say that throughout the whole process you, or someone close to you, may be thinking: ‘Well, we didn’t like this school as much, but it’s ‘better’ than the one we liked more.’ I would say forget all of that! Yes, you want to go to a good school, but I think that it’s all about feel. Where do you feel at home? Where do you see yourself walking to class? Where do you feel relaxed? That’s the place that is right for you. My parents always told me that I’m the one who has to wake up at that school every day, so I have to feel good being there. When you’re at a school, you have to make the most of it. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re not at the absolute ‘best’ school, as long as you take advantage of the opportunities provided to you and make the most out of the experience.” – Ella H., Texas
“Remember: this is about you. You are on a journey to find a place where you feel most comfortable being yourself. Enjoy it as schools try to prove to you why they want you to be there.” – McKenzie R., Connecticut
“Always remember that you will be in good hands! Although you (boarders) may miss your parents, you will enjoy so much bliss and develop life-long friendships.” – Jennifer P., Korea
“Trust your gut. If a certain place seems right for you, trust that sense.” – Natalie Y., Connecticut
“Do your research. Don’t focus on all the negatives, focus on positives. Don’t be timid! You will learn so much and grow so much as a person. You will learn how to be independent and confident. Think about what YOU want, and nobody else.” – Sofia L., California
“Do your research on the schools your are considering. If possible, try and ask someone who has been there. Even if you don’t know if you want to go to an independent/boarding school, just apply! Give it a shot! I can assure you that it will open up many opportunities not presented to you before, and you should always be thinking about what is best for you now and in the long term.” – Reina S., Connecticut