Hey, Will! (sorry)
not exactly boarding school for me - but it was a huge change in my life that acted as an intervention and rescue. i had been continuously bullied from age 11-13 and it often crossed the line into peer sekual harrassment and actual abuse. i was becoming suicidal when the step-dad announced that we'd be moving to the UK. that saved my life.
it was a public school - no boarding involved - but the atmosphere was totally different from what i was accustomed to. for a start - intelligence and academic success were highly valued - so i was respected and admired instead of being ridiculed and marginalized. there was also a healthy fine arts subculture - so i found a niche instead of being the unique freak in that area. the masters (teachers) kept a pretty close eye on things - so there was strong enforcement of proper decorum and little chance for bullying. We all wore uniforms so there were not any differences in fashions or designer clothes. the role of sport was considered to be a positive element - but not the all-important single qualification for acceptance and adulation. it was all very much like the culture you read about in books about British schools (NOT Dickens!). there were a few teachers that nurtured me as an aspiring artist and writer and yet kept a professional and formal and appropriate distance and reserve. i was elected by fellow students as a Prefect for my House (a student leader with assigned responsibilities), was on the debate team, won prizes for being top of the class in art and English nearly every year, and salvaged my ravaged self-esteem. it was a great prep for college back in the U. S. and living in such a history-saturated culture and setting was fantastic!
home was still hell - but at least school was now a safe and welcoming refuge. i have always been thankful for that experience. some good memories, Will. Thanks for reminding me.
Edited by traveler (04/17/13 08:07 AM)
"My experience has shown me that I all too often tend to deny that which lies behind, but as I still believe, that which is denied cannot be healed." Brennan Manning, "All is Grace - A Ragamuffin Memoir"