Reflections and Advice:
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Salem's special traditions set it apart from any other school in the country. Because it was started in 1772, making it the oldest all girls school in the country, there are many traditions that occur annually at Salem. Some include: purple/gold day, senior ring ceremony, Christmas ceremonies, and many more.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Salem gave me the opportunity to grown into a woman. Being in the all-girl environment gave me a chance to build my self esteem, which helped me become the person I am today. While I was there, I was not as appreciative of the all-girl environment, I wanted boys to be around, but I saw boys on the weekends which was plenty for me. Being in small classes with such wonderful teachers and girls helped me learn and become a better student. I learned dedication, work ethics, self confidence, and how to be a good friend. The support system that is formed between the girls is amazing and really helps to mold you into a good friend, good listener, and a better person. At least it did this for me. Salem is by far the best decision that I have ever made in my life (and that is no lie)!
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
If I could go back to Salem, I would appreciate it more. I would have gone on more weekend activities. When first arriving at Salem, it is normal to be very homesick, but you cannot give in and go home. That is why there is a time limit of a month before you can go home. I know you will miss home just like I did. You are forced to learn how to do your own laundry and occupy your time with other things, but my advice would be: even if you get homesick...go get a friend, cry a little, but then go do something fun. Because those 4 years fly by, and when they are gone...you will wish that you would have had more time. You will make the best friends of your life, form a bond with these sisters that is usually stronger than with your own siblings, and you will create memories that will last beyond a lifetime!!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the people and the atmosphere that allowed me to grow as a girl into a woman. The people that teach you are your teachers, staff, friends, and even yourself.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Work hard.. laugh hard.. cry hard... but whatever you do, enjoy and appreciate the best opportunity of your life. You will get not only a fantastic education that prepares you for college and life, but you will form so many tight bonds. Just ask another "sister!"