After three weeks of staying at Scots College, I can say with confidence that I have adjusted to being here. The school is vastly different, with a dress code, single-sex, and an entirely different schedule, but I have learned how to learn, and live here. So much so, that I have gotten into a habit, which I will promptly describe.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, I get up at about 7:30 in the morning, and go to breakfast with the rest of the boarders. I go to my six, 50 minute classes, with a couple breaks for morning tea and lunch, and go back to the boarding house to relax. I go to dinner at 6PM, and then attend prep, which is like study hall at NMH, from 7-9 in a lecture hall.
After that, I’ll go the gym to play a game with the other boarders. This is a typical school week. Throughout the week, I’ll also practice the haka, a native Maori war dance, with the Mawson house for a interhouse competition, which I will unfortunately miss.
During the weekends, I can do pretty much anything, as long as I stay in Wellington. I can go into the city, and walk around with some other boarders, or I can go support the boys from Scots in athletics.
On the weekends I’ll also go to different stores in Wellington to get something, including souvenirs for my family, or just snacks for the upcoming school week. There are many things to do in Wellington, and I have only done a fraction of them.
Scots has certainly kept me entertained and busy while I have been here, and they have given me the opportunity to see a new country and city, all while meeting some people that are some of the friendliest and most laid back people I have ever met. The faculty here have been very helpful in making sure I have had a enjoyable time, including letting me pursue independent studies, as well as helping me discover Wellington and making sure I have something to do. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to go on this trip, and hope a student from NMH next year has the same positive experience I did. The country is fascinating, the people are delightful, and the experience is one-of-a-kind. I will be returning to the US in 4 days, where I will have to say goodbye to Scots College.