Boarding Schools" Graduates Advocate The Boarding Experience
Boarding school offers a variety of benefits and advantages that day schools simply do not. Let's take a closer look at those benefits and hear some famous boarders discuss how only boarding school could have helped them develop key traits that lead to or helped their success.
Boarding school offers an unparalleled opportunity to develop independence at a young age. Zach Bogosian, one of the highest rated young stars in the National Hockey League, currently with the Atlanta Thrashers, attended Cushing Academy in Massachusetts. Bogosian is quick to credit his boarding school beginnings with providing unique lessons. He says, "[Boarding school] taught me how to act off the ice and on and to live away from home... You're on your own but not really, and it advances your maturity." While being apart from family is initially difficult, boarding school teaches you how to handle things without your parents.
Complete immersion in interests. There's nobody closing the doors of the school at 4:30 in the afternoon. Teachers at boarding school are often encouraged to stay on campus until 9 or 10 at night, for coaching or simply to support students. The demands of the boarding school environment force students to do their very best. One example of this is Uma Thurman who received some of her first professional notice for her performance in a school production of The Crucible at Northfield Mount Hermon School, also in Massachusetts. Thurman helped break out thanks to the school in spite of the fact that, as she admits, "adolescence is a painful time for everyone."
Uniquely strong bonds with fellow students. Many of the best and brightest students anywhere are in boarding school. Boarding with them, you will form deep friendships that may last a lifetime. Two NHL stars, Sidney Crosby and Jack Johnson attended Shattuck St. Mary's School in Minnesota. In spite of ending up on opposing teams in the NHL they formed a bond that supersedes team allegiances. Steve Nash, NBA star, also credits his boarding beginnings with helping him learn things about people from cultures from around the world he would otherwise not have learned. Nash, a graduate of St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, says, "For us to be exposed to that diversity gave us a need to kind of go out there and have a thirst for the world."
These are only a few benefits of boarding. Certainly, boarding school has had its problems. There have been abuses in the past but in most cases, these types of abuses were not at all limited to boarding, and as with all spheres of life, these are largely a thing of the past. However, boarding school's unique advantages deserve a second look from any parent or student who is looking for the very best education possible.