Interested in knowing what it's really like to attend boarding school? Bronte is a 17 year old student and a senior here at Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in CT. She's kindly offered to share her experience about boarding school life for our blog post, "An Interview with a Boarding School Student."
Despite being from from Torrington, CT, Bronte lives on camous in Motter Hall. Her dream job is to be a doctor, lawyer, or baker-- or maybe even all three! When asked how she heard about boarding school, Bronte shared, "My former soccer coach started coaching for Cheshire Academy, and he recommended that my twin sister and I apply."
Friends and Activities at Boarding School
True to her experience, Bronte is involved in soccer, basketball, and track at the Academy. She's also a proctor, which is a prestigious leadership position for dorm life at most boarding schools. She says, "Soccer means a lot to me because it has helped me to grow as a leader. There are so many different skill levels on the team, so I feel like a mentor."
How would she describe Cheshire Academy? According to Bronte, the school is "diverse but comfortable at the same time—everyone is friendly here. I enjoy being a part of the community, and everyone just wants to get to know one another."
With students from around the globe, there are plenty of opportunities for friendships and learning. According to Bronte, "the students are diverse, but you always have a friend in every group. There is always someone to relate to. The teachers are very helpful—my advisor is like my second mother!" She continues, "The students weren’t stuck up like I imagined at a boarding school—it is such a caring environment, and I was surprised at how friendly everyone was."
Dorm and Academic Life
Staying in the dorm on weekends is a different experience for many high schoolers. What to do with all that down time? On the weekends, says Bronte, "I love to watch movies with friends, and in the spring we go fishing in the back pond or play soccer on the turf."
While residential life at boarding school might be really fun, high school is also about the Academics. Says Bronte, "Visual Arts is my favorite class. We recently did a portrait project on our favorite artist, and then did a self-portrait in the same style as that artist—that was really fun." Bronte is also a part of the Cheshire Academy IB program, which is a high level set of courses simmilar to AP courses that encourages global perspectives and interdiciplinary learning. "The IB program gives you such a different perspective. It’s challenging, and I’ve had to learn how to manage my time. The classes are discussion based, very philosophical, and make you think outside of the box," says Bronte.
According to Bronte, going to boarding school has allowed her to grow as she learned to manage her own time. She says, "I have definitely become more responsible and have learned time management. I think differently about things now—I’m more of a leader."
Are you interested in attending a boarding school, or even Cheshire Academy? Bronte has some advice for you: "Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and don’t be shy." Then, fill out our detailed inquiry form to get your application to Cheshire Academy going!