Kayla

year: Sophomore from: Mexico

Putney has been the most open-minded, supportive and inclusive community I've ever been to. You're really encouraged to be yourself, and to pursue your passions without being criticized. 

I visited the school because my sister goes here, but what drew me here was the community. Putney has been the most open-minded, supportive and inclusive community I’ve ever been to. You’re really encouraged to be yourself, and to pursue your passions without being criticized. 

The way teachers teach is very, well, in my opinion, it’s really effective. You really, truly learn. For my first project week, I did a Voltara card group project. I really liked the idea that we all had to contribute to the whole deck of cards. Some did two, and some did three or even four cards. Everybody is their unique self, and they bring what they have. It was really cool, the final project, because every card was made in a different style, so that reflected each person’s different way of making art. 

Before I came here I knew I was interested in art, but I had never done it in a more structured way. Everything is very different from what it is back home, but in a good way. Before winter, I was sort of scared because people had told me about winter depression and, well, horrible stories. So I was pretty scared of winter. But, now I’m realizing that it’s not bad at all in the country. It’s beautiful, in my opinion. 

For me, the most important thing is that there’s also a lot of diversity, and it’s a very interesting place to be. You can have interesting conversations anywhere you go. There are a lot of very talented artists and great people here.

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