Ahhh, what a time to be alive! Stressing about grades and standardized test scores are a thing of the past, sleep is slowly becoming a reality instead of a fantasy, and Tufts awaits in August. From my multiple visits to campuses and hours of research, I think I have an idea of what college will be like, but I have something that gives me an extra leg up. I have gone to “prep school” for the past six years.
Going to a “prep school”, which is supposed to prepare students for college life, I’ll list all the things I should be prepared for.
1.Well, my school is all boys, so I haven’t spotted a girl in the classroom since 2010. What are girls? Do they even exist?
2. That “small school feel”. 300 kid small to be exact. I’ve been in a grade with the same 53 kids for 6 years. Big crowds are foreign to me. Tufts is going to be HUGE (couldn’t find a Jumbo pun, o well).
3. Knowing how to dress. Having to wear a collared shirt and pants with belt loops for a dress code is probably the most useful thing my school could have prepared me for. Dress to impress they say. It might help me with talking to girls ;)
4. Latin. I did not take a science my freshmen year, but I could conjugate ancient verbs! In all seriousness though, Latin will be one of my favorite subjects. Knowing the stories of Virgil will prepare me for things beyond doing my laundry and learning how to work a stove (though I should probably learn those things too).
5. Having a discussion. Harkness Table Pedagogy (whatever that means)! Actually though, knowing how to speak in class without needing to raise hands is a pretty rare skill. You’d be surprised at how few people have it.
Okay, I guess prep school may not have prepared me for college entirely, but then again, if we plan for our futures every moment, the present will be gone before you know it. I may not be “prepared” for the next four years, but I sure am ready to take on whatever comes my way!