Studying abroad in the United States was always a dream of mine, and even I was a little scared when I left Spain since I was traveling to a new place, ready to meet new people but very far away from home.
Now that I think about it after studying my last 2 high school years there I’m not sure what I was afraid of. As soon as I arrived, the school was waiting for me at the airport with some other students. Since day one, everybody was really nice to me and helped me every time I needed anything.
When I arrived I was concerned with the usual preoccupations like making new friends, adapting to the new academic system, not understanding every class in English … but after a couple of days, all my worries were gone and I made a lot of friends right away.
This experience is very different from any other I have lived since the American culture and what the students are used in the United States is totally different from I was used to in Spain all other countries I had visited before.
The academic system is totally different so it takes a while to get used to it, but as it encourages effort, participation, getting involved in classes and debating different subjects, and not only based in one big exam, soon you start seeing your grades improving.
My school has a lot of great opportunities, both in academics and sports.
You even get to practice 3 different sports during the year, one each season, and my favourite was skiing in winter. This sport was not competitive, but you had the opportunity to practice it during the weekends with friends from the school and it has been a lot of fun.
During the weekends there are plenty of activities and trips like going to the mall, visiting cities like Boston or Portland… Boston is a really nice city and the school arranges a trip every month so you get to visit it many times during the year.
Every weekend activity is very fun and you get to choose the ones you like so you can also stay at the dorms if you want to or if you have a lot of homework those days.
Studying one or two academic years in a boarding school in the United States is an experience you can’t miss since it teaches you a lot about real life and the small world you are used to have at your home country.
I started as an 11th grader, but I liked it so much I stayed one more year and graduated here!
Teresa, 11th and 12th grade boarding schools in the United States, New England