Posted by: Staff | 12.11.2008

The Hardest Part is Over- College Advice from an Insider

JAKE KRINGDON ’09

When I was an eighth grader at Hingham Middle School, I received a brochure from Beaver Country Day School in which they claimed that the school was a place of inclusion rather than exclusion. As a thirteen year old, nothing could have sounded more compelling. The school’s seemingly preppy name, a “country day school”, could mislead the uninformed. BCDS, a progressive school, does not adhere to labels and while cliché, is composed of a student body more varied than a symphony orchestra and works the same way; we cannot make a harmonious sound without each other. We are a school of the shy and the outgoing, the funny and the serious, the sensitive and the boisterous. We are a school of Dominicans, Vietnamese, Americans and African Americans. We are a school of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, of single parent families, of gay and lesbian families, and of traditional families. We are a school of affluence, low income, and of somewhere in between. We are a school for everyone. We are a school where no one particular person stands out.

While many high schools make claims in glossy brochures, Beaver Country Day School walks the walk. The administrators truly strive to make Beaver a community where everyone fits; a feeling that permeates the halls and classrooms. We are a school that values our differences more than the chance to take an AP class, none of which are offered at Beaver. We are a school that believes in depth in the classroom, not breadth. Beaver believes that it is more beneficial for students to learn a lot about a single subject, rather than a little about a number of subjects. We are a school that values the Arts and service to others. In the end, in spite of a daily commute of almost three hours, I chose to attend Beaver because it seemed to be the real deal. It is my hope that Beaver selected me, the shy 13 year old that I was, to be part of the fabric of their mosaic because they believed that I too, would exemplify all the qualities in which the school prides itself.

As we seniors make final touches on our Early Action and Early Decision applications, and seal and post mark envelopes to be sent off to the colleges of our dreams, we must not forget that dreams are relative; don’t worry about where your peers are applying and how his or her schools compare with the schools to which you have chosen to apply. Find a school that is the real deal for you. Don’t worry about where you get in and where you don’t get in because, as Peter Gow says, “The college process always has a happy ending.”

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