I’m a day student, so I live in Dummerston, like eight minutes away. I thought it would be more difficult to be integrated into the community because you’re not there as much as everyone else. But I was on campus a lot of the time, and over the course of my first and even second year, me being a day student didn’t matter anymore.
Because I was homeschooled before high school, I really wanted to come to a school where I could try out as many different types of arts and sports and see where my interest lay. I tried soccer and I loved it so much. I can’t say I’m good at soccer now but I enjoy it, and that’s really all you need when you’re at Putney. I also want to be in jewelry making—like everyone else on campus. And I want to work in fiber arts and hopefully make a tapestry. Oh, and also photography.
My favorite class this term is actually calculus, which is strange because I’ve never loved math, ever. But I’m really understanding everything, and my classmates are super funny and collaborative.
I’ve gotten much more confident and outgoing. I never thought I’d be able to stand up at an assembly and talk and not feel super stressed or anxious. But now I go up at every assembly because I’m the Town Crier and I introduce new students. I find I want to talk to kids I don’t necessarily know very well, because all my friends also want to do that. We’ll all sit with someone who we’ve never talked to at lunch and make a friend, and I think that’s really cool.
The school would not be able to run without students. We do a lot of the work and rightfully so. It’s our school and we care deeply about it. The administration and the adults at Putney trust us enough to be involved in big decisions.