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I Went to Boarding School

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    Irish Boarding School

    I spent 5 wonderful years at a small quaker style boarding & day school in county Waterford. I boarded full time and I loved it. Obviously I had bad times. I was very shy when I started there but I ended up with some great friends who I am still friends with today. I remember...
    Fairyrainbow Fairyrainbow 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 26, 2012

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    Tasis Ch Lugano

    I attended TASIS in Lugano Switzerland, and at the time, it was difficult to navigate the social circles. However, soon enough, my ability to play, sing, and write music became evident enough, and I was "accepted" by both peers and instructors. A life changing experience, I would...
    drburdick drburdick 61-65, M Aug 11, 2013

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    My Boarding School Experience: Christian School On Long Island

    When I first arrived at my boarding school, I hated it. Everything just felt so foreign to me, from the people to all the rules. I didn't like that I had to wear a suit and tie to school all day every day. I hated that I had to get up early in the morning for chapel on Sundays. I...
    JMKIII JMKIII 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 14, 2013

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    Life At An English Boarding School

    Because of where my parents were living at the time-- basically a retirement area in the south of Spain-- my options for school were very limited. There were so few kids my own age that the local English-language school simply didn't have anything to offer after age 15. So, at...
    Denmarkguy Denmarkguy 51-55, M 3 Responses Dec 30, 2007

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    Bitter Sweet Memories

    I went to an expensive catholic boarding school on top of a hill. It was a very big place with a mini stadium and a lot of sports facilities. It was like going for a sleep over everyday, we had SO much fun with each other and we played all kinds of pranks on both students and...
    ufutaa ufutaa 18-21, F 1 Response May 19, 2012

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    Greek, Latin, Games And The Cane

    I went to an all boys boarding school at eleven and stayed there until I was eighteen. It was typical of its time: Greek, Latin, compulsory sports and the cane.
    oneofnine oneofnine 56-60, M 3 Responses Jan 13, 2012

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    Military School

    I went to a Military school and there were a lot of eye opening experiences. I actually get erotically excited by some of them. The school was great and I learned a lot there. I would not trade the experience for anything.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 22, 2012

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    Loved My Weird Boarding School For Weird Kids

     I went to a public boarding high school for academically accelerated and artistic kids. I had never fit in at any of my other schools before, and I was basically miserable. I left home for boarding school and at first it was really hard to be away from home, but I got...
    Jenniedvm Jenniedvm 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2008

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    Hey, I Wanted To Know If Anyone Here Has Been To Exeter, Andover, Lawrenceville, Loomis Chaffee, Or Choate Rosemary Hall.

    Could you share some of your personal knowledge of the school such as your academic life and/or your freshman/prep year there. I'm applying to these five schools and I'd like to have some raw input!
    liliopyu12 liliopyu12 13-15 Sep 24, 2012

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    From the age of 7 until I was 13 I attended

    boarding school and I can honestly say I hated every single minute of it. I understand why my parents did it but there could have been another way, I feel they took the option that was easiest for them without taking how I felt into consideration. I love my parents, but I will...
    emilyjuk emilyjuk 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    Never Should Have Been

    I was sent from Saudi Arabia where I lived to India to attend boarding school when I was 9 years old. There were no plans to send me before an event beyond my control completely changed my stepfather's opinion of me. I'm an adopted child and when my adopted mother's husband died...
    OrionoverSaturn OrionoverSaturn 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 27, 2013

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    Boarding School In The Georgia Falls

    When I was 16, I was sent to Boarding School in Tallulah Falls, Georgia, near Buckhead. Some friends and I had been going around the neighborhoods late at night for a few months during the time, and stealing **** out of unlocked cars.. so juvenile.. I know. But, that's what I was...
    ruca28 ruca28 26-30, M 1 Response May 13, 2012

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    I was sent by my father to a very small

    boarding School between the ages of 11 and 13.He had spent 8 years at a boarding school because his father had died. I don't think it did me any harm and I made some good friends, one of whom I am still in touch with.We have been in touch for nearly 70 years!
    Wulfstan Wulfstan 70+, M Nov 3

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    And had a completely positive experience,

    but it's not for every child.
    WarrenCook WarrenCook 46-50, M 3 Responses Jun 2

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    Science Boarding School

    UMM yes i once went to boarding school. the school is one of the best school ( and i never think so) i hate the school very much because all the HUMAN there are freaking emotional..
    leoholix leoholix 70+, F 3 Responses Mar 26, 2010

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    Boarding School In Ireland, N. Ireland, And England

    Back in 1976 my 15 year old brother was getting into all kinds of trouble in Anchorage, Alaska. Finally he got busted for breaking and entering, and in desperation my parents asked him what could they do to help. He said, "Send me to boarding school." So they did. They sent 11...
    khobar khobar 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 13, 2010

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    Georgia Falls *part 2*

    The school is relatively small, extremely nice, and Christian-based. It is located basically out in the middle of bumfuck mountains, Tallulah Falls, Georgia. A beautiful quiet area far enough away from Atlanta. I ******* hate Atlanta and all of it's ****** drivers. The buildings...
    ruca28 ruca28 26-30, M May 13, 2012

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    Boarding School Adventures!!

    boarding school were literally the happiest days of my life. now that im an adult, times arent as fun as they used to be. boarding school was like a 5 yr long girly sleepover. we got up to the nuttiest things. on weekends, when the supervisors turned off the lights at night...
    cl3angetaway cl3angetaway 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 28, 2010

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    It was the first time I was going to live away

    from my parents. I was so scared but later realized it was strangely refreshing and even fulfilling to some deep level being so far from home. I was transferring from another high school, for the spring. This was a school for troubled boys which I was deeply troubled. I was...
    tempe100 tempe100 22-25, M 2 Responses May 16

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    First Night Back!

    Its my first night back in prison aka boarding school. It's not that bad I suppose. I have a lot more freedom here. I should be in bed asleep for example but I know nobody will check for at least 15 mins. There are good and bad times here. We never get a snow day as we're already...
    nutterella nutterella 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 3, 2012

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    4 Years At Boarding School

    I was the new boy in 2nd year in secondary school (high school) I was nervous although I did my best to hide it. However I was amoung experts at detecting that the new kid would be nervous. They were thankfully very kind to me. I boarded for 4 years and really enjoyed my time...
    notjustanymat notjustanymat 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 6, 2012

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    I Loved It~~!

    I grew up in a afluent family and went to the best schools but i have to say my favorite type of school was my boarding school i attended AOS and loved it
    Donnamoss88 Donnamoss88 18-21, F 2 Responses May 2, 2009

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    I went to boarding school

    and then worked at the same school later. It was a private Christian school in Michigan. I had a mixed experience, because I had a good personal experience, but I saw a lot of abuses and shady stuff happen too, that I didn't really know what to do with at the time. Now I...
    anarchycupcakes anarchycupcakes 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 3

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    School Crush, Bicycle And Christmas

    I went to boarding school when I was 13 years old. It was an English boarding school and my head was filled with Enid Blyton's 'Midnight Feast' stories. I didn't have any language barriers except for my accent which some thought it was American! I still remember the November...
    Kassandra2009 Kassandra2009 31-35 6 Responses Dec 30, 2009

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    I Am Going To A Boarding School

    I am 15 and attending one of the top 10 boarding schools in canada on scholar ship. I have very good grades and have acceled at the arts. It is a truly amazing place. And I hate it. Its this school, those people that made me start cutting. Everyone talks about how the thing that...
    flyawayforever flyawayforever 16-17, F 10 Responses Aug 25, 2011

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    Didn't Want To Go But So Happy I Did

    I really didn't want to go to boarding school. I actually cried myself the night before I left for school. All my primary school friends were going to local secondary schools. I felt really lonely. On my first day, after saying goodbye to my parents, I found the common room...
    irishdeckofcards irishdeckofcards 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 6, 2012

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    I Miss It

    I miss boarding school so much. I went for a few years, but had to leave before my Senior year. My best memories were at that small, private boarding school tucked away in the mountains of the East Coast. Sadly, as each day passes, my memory of it fades a little more. I still...
    dramaticthespian dramaticthespian 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 2, 2012

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    Midnight Feasts

    When I'm asked if we had midnight feasts, I have to answer yes....kind of. They weren't the kind you read about in books and weren't at midnight. Some of them weren't even at school. There wasn't any bar or club nearby so we used to sneak out and get drunk in the woods. All the...
    notheadboymaterial notheadboymaterial 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 6, 2012

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    Hated it, was in one

    for 4 years and got bullied constantly and resulted in me almost taking my own life. If I ever have kids never sending them to one.
    AliceMC AliceMC 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    If...

    I went to an English public school and was a boarder from the term of my ninth birthday until the month before my eighteenth. For the benefit of any non-Brit reading this, in the U.K. a public school is not that - it's private, exclusive and expensive. Mine wasn't one of the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 7, 2013

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    Boarding School Study

    Hi folks. I'm a psychology student and I'm doing a study on the experience of boarding school students. I'd really appreciate it if you all could help out and participate as it's a really neglected area of research. Take a look at the link: https://roehamptonpsych.qualtrics.com...
    jeopick jeopick 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 7, 2013

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    Boarded All My School Life And Loved It!

    I boarded for all of my school life. Starting at an english prep school near southampton and spending my high school years at the same wonderful quaker style school as fairyrainbow. (who introduced me to this site) I had a fantastic time at school although I'm not sure my...
    notheadboymaterial notheadboymaterial 26-30, M 4 Responses Jul 5, 2012

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    Sayings In My Old Boarding School

    Talking over our school days with my 2 wonderful friends Rachel and Oliver we have agreed that our school was really more of a co-ed St. Trinians than Malory Towers. Although we never robbed the National Gallery. We got to talking about different sayings we had in our day at the...
    Fairyrainbow Fairyrainbow 26-30, F 7 Responses Jul 5, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I do this at least once every school year. In my kindergarten year, I did it on pajama day. What I did was just not put shoes on that morning, or socks, and attended that day in...
    Barefoot1999 Barefoot1999 13-15, M 2 Responses Dec 7

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    It was probably the worst day of my high school career so far. I was diagnosed with depression back in my freshman year three years ago, and I've been taking antidepressants ever...
    EternalWhiteRose EternalWhiteRose 16-17, F Dec 8

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    Hi! I'm now going to school regularly. After school, we have to stay at the boarding school which has its own particular rules as well. I'll be telling about them and about the...
    hopetolive2000 hopetolive2000 13-15, F Dec 5

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    After school ends at 4:00pm, we have to walk back to our boarding school for about 15 minutes. Once we arrive at the boarding school, we have to greet our class teacher first...
    hopetolive2000 hopetolive2000 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 8

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    Hey.. I've been going to school (for real, not orientation) for 3 days and it has been a totally different experience from the previous week. The boarding school is very strict so...
    hopetolive2000 hopetolive2000 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 3

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    This may sound cliche but I hated high school because of a boy.I thought I loved him,but I was completely wrong.It all started my freshman year.He was a sophomore who was second...
    Katherine27 Katherine27 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 27

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    The toilets at my schools were much like this, but nothing particularly to write home about. The one that really sticks in mind was at an American boys prep (ie boarding for ages...
    MacAaron MacAaron 41-45, M Dec 11

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    Bob Duggan is an passionate sportsman and has been all his life. He grew up in San Jose and attended St. Francis Secondary school in Mountain View where he played basketball. He...
    Alexander0493fzr1 Alexander0493fzr1 31-35, M 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    Bob Duggan is an passionate sportsperson and has actually been all his life. He grew up in San Jose and went to St. Francis High School in Mountain View where he played...
    Andrick161y4cv3 Andrick161y4cv3 31-35, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Bob Duggan is an avid sportsman and has actually been all his life. He grew up in San Jose and went to St. Francis Secondary school in Mountain View where he played basketball...
    Anthonick826k7ka4 Anthonick826k7ka4 31-35, M 1 Response 7 mins ago

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    On Monday, some of our classmates got punished very severely. However, i'll tell it from my perspective. It all started with an extreme stinging pain in the ear. "Sophie, haven...
    hopetolive2000 hopetolive2000 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 11

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    The Paddling Queue The other week we met another couple through a school engagement. I invited the lady, Marsha, who's a bit younger than me to have coffee with me. During the...
    Tina303 Tina303 41-45, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    TOO SHY TO KNOW. Back in 7th grade, I had a crush on this cute boy in my English class named Jimmy Spears. But back then, I was very nerdy and shy. I daydreamed a lot about...
    EmmaSylvester EmmaSylvester 22-25, F 19 hrs ago

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    Not me as caning isn’t allowed in school now but my aunty Vi was telling me in the kitchen the first time she got the cane in school when she was about 13. She said that she and...
    Susanna96 Susanna96 16-17, F 4 Responses Nov 30

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    So another occasion. For a high school requirement, everyone had to deliver notes to classes sometimes. I had it happen twice. I feared it so much. I knew how much I was hated, I...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 Nov 21

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    I went through grades 1-6 fearing the paddle greatly. I heard many kids take 3 loud pops in the hallway in elementary school, just hearing it was scary to me. When I entered middle...
    trent74 trent74 36-40, M 5 Responses Nov 27