I like being outdoors and being active. Putney is a good place for that. I’m in the alpine skiing program, which goes skiing twice a week. I’ve been skiing all my life, and really love it. I also ride horses here, which I’ve done the majority of my life, and enjoy rock climbing. For spring Project Week two friends and I hiked 30 miles of Vermont’s Long Trail. I’d like to complete the whole trail by the time I graduate.
A big reason I chose Putney was the trimester abroad language programs. I just spent 15 weeks in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where I stayed with a host family and attended a private school there. I took some independent Spanish language classes, but also some really interesting classes taught in Spanish, like philosophy and linguistics. I started learning a second language when I was young and spent three years living in France. My parents were insistent that my brother and I learn other languages, so that was a big part of my upbringing. I love the idea of being able to converse with more people, of being able to go somewhere new and understand the people and culture. We spend a lot of time here trying to bridge gaps between different cultures and communities and aspects of life, and the trimester abroad program is really connected to that goal.
The trimester abroad program teaches life skills we’re going to need when we go out into the world after Putney. We’ll need to deal with other people and we have to be able to interact with them productively. Having new and different experiences makes you more adaptable for sure, which is very important when going out on your own for the first time. It also teaches people how to be more adventurous—you won’t know anyone where you’re going and you have to be able to go out and connect with people who are maybe very different from yourself. That’s not just something happening when you take a trimester abroad. That’s happening every single day of your life. That’s what Putney is preparing us for.