Reflections and Advice:
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Milton Hershey School is a boarding school that caters to children ages 5-18 that are from a needy or single parent family. Children can attend the school free of charge, and when enrolled receive free room and board as well as clothing and school supplies. College scholarship assistance is also availible for students that graduate successfully from the Milton Hershey School. The School was founded by the infamous Milton Snavely Hershey, the inventor of Hershey's Chocolate. The school is funded by the 6 billion dollar trust fund left by Mr. Hershey after his death, and owns 51% of Hershey Corporation. An average of $90,000 per student is spent a year and paid entirely by the school..
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I recieved so much support when I needed to apply for college. I wanted to enter The Johns Hopkins University, and Milton Hershey school has a department known as the "College and Career Center" that assists students in finding their best secondary school option. They were EXTREMELY helpful in making sure I was prepared for college..
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
It was tough leaving home and adjusting to anew life. Once you look at it as going to school with your bestfriends and getting to live with them too, you have a great time! And I can't count the ways that being at boarding school helped prepare me for college! I can do my own laundry! ha ha..
4.) What did you like most about your school?
As you can see in the aforementioned areas, my school had countless resources available to the students. Students at private school don't get what we do. And we weren't paying for any of it. It was a chance for me to be successful, regardless of the fact that my parents were immigrants from Africa and low-income. It was a brilliant experience and I'm lucky to have had it. A true blessing..
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
When you get to Milton Hershey School, you will see all the things that are available to you. Recognize that they are free and a gift, it's a huge opportunity that you've been granted and it's critical that it isn't wasted. .