If you are planning to join a boarding school next year, you may be either excited or very apprehensive about your new independent life at the school dorm.
You are maybe excited to make new friends, live among your new school friends, study as well as achieve your target at the school, etc. On the other hand, you would be worried about taking so much responsibility while staying far away from your close ones.
You may be one of those who is very introverted and is consumed by the thought of staying away from parents. How will you live among a new set of people? How should one behave in a dorm? Will I be able to study along with other responsibilities? Should I participate in sports or extracurricular activities? Or Should I only concentrate on my studies? What to do before going to a boarding school? Many such questions will trouble you but do not worry, if you are prepared well before boarding will become an unforgettable experience. With tips from my personal experience, I am sure you can make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
From a different perspective, boarding will also present opportunities to explore your potential. When you graduate, you will to look back at yourself and be amazed at how much you have developed holistically.
Preparation before going to boarding school
You must very well know that you will be staying away from home, parents, siblings, and close friends. It is important to be mentally ready to accept this reality and think of ways to deal with homesickness. Talking to your parents once or twice a day would help you. Talk with your roommate or friends because you won’t be the only one feeling homesick.
Remember do not take a lot of things along with you. Select things which are essential for you. Since you will be given a single cupboard, carrying an apt amount of necessities will make it easy for you to manage your items without losing or misplacing them.
Make sure that you take only a few books you would like to read because usually, the school curriculum will consume most of your time. Nevertheless, the school library would provide you with the required books.
Making your boarding life enjoyable
In the beginning, boarding school may look like the worst decision of your life. Do not get affected by such thoughts. You won’t be the only one in this position.
Speak with your roommate. Go and play basketball, soccer, or any of your favorite sports. Grab a snack for yourself and chat with your new friends. Do not depend on talking with parents every day, this may make you homesick very often. Go for a walk outside your dorm. Engage yourself in multiple activities and make enough time to study every day. This will prevent you from feeling homesick as well as help you balance between academics and extra-curricular activities. Most importantly get to know and understand your roommates. If you are disturbed by their activities, then speak with them to solve the issue. If you want to listen to music, use your headphone/earphones.
Always listen to your houseparents because whatever they would be asking you to do is for your betterment. It may be tempting for you to disobey them but with time you will realize they were very correct.
Following are some of the most important points to bear in mind:
Manage your time properly
After a month or so when you will be familiar with the timings of school and activities, make a timetable for yourself to follow every day. Sometimes staying up until midnight may disturb your roommate’s sleep. Hence making a schedule would solve such problems.
Make lot of friends. Be friendly with everyone. You may not find everyone’s behavior good. Some may be mean to you too. However still be nice with them. If someone troubles you talk it out with them or speak regarding this matter to your house parents.
Take advantage of opportunities off-campus
For example, community service trips, movies, outdoor trips, model united nations abroad etc.
Complete your assignments on time
Start you projects early and complete it on time. If assignments get carried over, you will not be able to complete it qualitatively.
Make use of weekends
If you have projects or exams coming up complete it during the weekends.
Follow the rules
Never disobey the school or dorm rules/regulations. It may put you in big trouble. Disobeying can get you suspended or expelled.
Boarding school is the first step to prepare for life. Make it a memorable, fruitful and learning experience. Just like I transformed after two years in boarding, I hope you have an amazing time at your boarding school too.
About the Author
Priyanka Mishra -from TISB, Bangalore, is taking a gap year to explore her interests and herself. She has published 3 research papers and is excited to start college in the Fall. She already has many college offers to choose from and is an Ivy Aspire student