My family really wanted a school that allowed students to take control of their learning, and also that really valued the idea of work ethic. Putney really stood out.
It also stood out for how diverse the community is. I grew up traveling the world, mostly attending international schools. I thought I had a high standard for diverse communities. At Putney, there are people from so many different places. And they all come together to be such a tight-knit community, which was something I didn’t really feel, or not as much at least, in prior schools. It really impressed me.
There’s a sense of welcoming and open-mindedness at Putney. There aren’t any cliques, people are really friendly here.
Another thing that stood out was the number of different opportunities that students had here. For example, prior to coming here, I’d actually never done printmaking, never did photography. I came here, and I got a chance to do both of those, but it was so much more—woodscrew, farm, just so many more different experiences than I would have had at most other schools.
Definitely the most challenging part here was probably getting used to taking control of my own learning because that wasn’t something that I was used to. In the schools that I went to before everything that I did was required and completely guided the whole way through. But coming here, you’re in control of your learning and your own education.
I’ve let myself be guided by my own curiosity. My experiences here have definitely shaped who I am and who I am becoming… Before coming here, I was more shy and nervous and more afraid to do things than I haven’t done before. But coming here and having all these different opportunities, and seeing other students motivated in what they’re doing— it has really pushed me out of my shell.