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Clueless This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     As a senior, I realized it was time to make one of the biggest decisions of my life, but I was absolutely clueless. My friends were applying to schools like Tufts and Berkeley, while the only planning I had done was for the upcoming weekend. I wasn’t ready for college. I was scared and didn’t know what to do.

My parents agreed that I was clueless. “Maybe you should go to prep school for an additional year,” my mother suggested. Prep school? Was she crazy? I wasn’t the greatest student, but I couldn’t go to a prep school. I thought that was for stupid kids, kids who don’t get good jobs or succeed in life.

My grandfather, who recently passed on, has been the greatest influence on my life. I knew that he graduated from a top college, Bowdoin, but what I didn’t know was that he got in after attending prep school. I realized this was my best bet, but feared finding the perfect school would be difficult.

Then, I heard about New Hampton School from a friend and decided to visit. I was blown away and immediately felt comfortable. I became hesitant to visit other schools because I couldn’t imagine any other would be as nurturing as New Hampton. The staff gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling, which meant a lot to a kid from a small town. Even though I’m a senior, I will be able to better prepare myself for college at New Hampton School. I feel the staff will help me get that extra boost, that extra year of development, to ensure I will be ready for college. Then I’ll go.


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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