Misconceptions of Applying to Boarding School
Story By: Andrew Kim Editor: Eric Lee Web Designer: Claire Kim
Have you ever wondered about going to a school where you live with your classmates, where school is home? Well, students who are willing to challenge themselves academically tend to search for boarding schools. With the materials they have obtained at SIS, many students believe that they are ready to expand their level of education and look for different interests. Boarding schools provide you with new experiences and a lot of various activities. A boarder’s life is interesting, but a lot of applicants usually miss out what is important and stress over factors that don’t really matter.
There are many important facts applicants miss when attempting to go to a boarding school. Most of the applicants believe grades are the only thing schools look for. “Schools do not only look for grades. They look for your overall performance whether it is your personality or your skill” says Jamie Shin, a fellow 8th grader leaving this year to a top boarding school. “I wasn’t the smartest kid in the class, but I was always hard working and that is what i think schools wanted.” Many of the students go to America for interviews. Interviews allow boarding schools to know you better on a personal level and that is why a lot of applicants go visit the schools they hope to go.
“Not only do I think grades are important, but appealing yourself is most important” says Eliana Kim, another applicant. “I tried to showcase myself by showing how I played the violin very well and how I was interested in a lot of sports.” Boarding schools look for someone unique and different. It is true that they look for adequate grades, however, boarding schools also look for a student’s overall performance. “My grades weren’t the highest, but I appealed more about myself and the schools really liked that I was a student with balance between and other extra curricular activities.”
Applicants have misconceptions when applying to boarding schools. Boarding schools do not only look at your grades and if they are high or not. The people at the admissions office are experts who have been looking at applicants for a long time. Schools look for uniqueness and the overall performance of a student. So don’t stress out over your report card but rather try to appeal yourself in different manner.