“Oh my God! How am I supposed to live here for the next ten months?” That was probably the first question I asked myself when I entered this tiny room in the dorm I was going to live in for my time at Lawrence Academy. Lawrence Academy, a Boarding School one hour far away from Boston, in Groton, Massachusetts, which has a population of 10,000 people and probably the same amount of cows. Yes, that’s where I was going to stay.
The school has 400 students, half of them are boarders, the other half are day students. The day after I moved in, I finally got to know my roommate and it ended up in an inner break down. We were not similar at all and in that moment I didn’t think that we would ever get along…But I was wrong, because things change and people do too.
So I started school on that Monday, the Monday after I moved in and I was very excited to meet all those people I never met before. Everyone was so open and welcoming, asked me if they could help me when I looked confused and the first students called me their “friend”. Well, that might be a little too early, but who knows.
The year is separated into three terms and every day starts with a 20-minute long Assembly on Mondays and Fridays and a 20-minute advisory on all the other school days. After that, classes start. Every student takes at least 5 classes and for me they were Math 3, French 3 Honors, Biology, English and History. Each day you have four of your classes and one free Block. The school day starts at 8.20am and ends at 3.10pm although this is not the end of the day. At 3.30pm sports start and you have a one to two hour practice depending on what sport you chose. From 5.30pm until 6.30pm you eat dinner and after that you have a little free time until 8pm when you have to be back at your dorm for check-in. During study hall, which is from 8pm-10pm you can either study in your room or in the library, but studying is mandatory. Most of the time the two hours are not even enough to get all the homework done, so you’re often sitting at your desk until 11pm or even later…
In the beginning the classes were tough for me, because of the language barrier and especially history challenged me a lot. I was involved into class discussions, tests and seminars right from the start and that also meant that I had to overcome my language difficulties and that I had to express myself in a way everyone could understand. And it was hard work. Every night I was spending at least 4 hours trying to read Columbine, the 400-page-book about this school shooting, writing my lab report about Tetrahymena for Biology and my Analysis Paper about Gandhi and his non-violence movement for History. It was sometimes frustrating and super exhausting. These were also the days when I missed home the most. Additionally, I had two hours of soccer practice right after school every day and furthermore I tried to practice the harp as much as possible.