IS IT LIKE LIVING IN HARRY POTTER? (kind of yes and no at the same time)
Living in England I obviously really enjoyed and I felt as though a part of me has built a bridge to that country which I will always keep open for me and hopefully will cross in the future. England, however, was not the only reason I loved living there so much. As I have stated before I have lived in a boarding house while I was there. I personally have really enjoyed my time there and it was a super interesting as well as a warm environment to find myself in. I find that people often are quite intrigued by the idea of living in a boarding house so I have decided to answer the most commonly asked questions from my own perspective.
Did you have roommates and did you get on with them?
Yes, for my first year at my boarding house I did have 2 roommates. I made that decision for myself because I felt that at the beginning it would be a good way to start getting to know people and I also felt that roommates would just add to the whole experience of boarding. Having said that I actually only decided that I wanted roommates after I visited the place for the first time. The three of us definitely had a lot of laughs and I remember having a ton of fun with them both. We were all extremely different, which of course did not always make things easy, but I would rather have that and have a genuinely interesting time, getting to know new perspectives of things of people from different places. One of my roommates was from Peru, but she currently lives in Columbia and the other one was from Scotland. Looking at my friends in the boarding house, some roommates became best friends, others did not really spend that much time with each other, so it always depends. For us, we did not hang out together all the time outside of our room and each of us had their own friendship group but we still bonded and had a great time in our room. In the following year, I did have a single room, which I also enjoyed, mainly because of my own bathroom!!! At first, I thought it was going to be more alone time, but really you had your friends living next to you and basically in your room all the time, so that was a really nice alternative to sharing a room. My friend Sofia had definitely had to deal with me knocking on her door all the time for maths questions! If I was asked which room situation I would recommend I would say both, depending on the type of person you are and if you have the chance then try both! Even though my second year I did not share my room I am still very close to one of my roommates in particular! I appreciate her so much and I know we will always be there for each other.
What was a typical day like?
I will answer this in detail in a different post.
What did you do on the weekends?
We did have lots of little and big adventures! In my boarding house, we did always have lots of activities on during the weekends, which were so much fun and I enjoyed so much! It was one of my favourite things to try them all out, so I would definitely recommend getting involved as much as you possibly can! I did a lot of fell runs and races but also baking and city trips, as well as camping and hiking (because we were in the Lake District which offers a lot of nature), we went to the cinema and went out. There was so much, that I can not even list all the activities.
My top 5 activities, however, I will list for you guys here (not in order):
1) Edinburgh Trip (one in the summertime with just my girls and one during the Christmas season)
3) Half Marathon
4) European Youth Parliament
5) London Trip
6) Horse riding… ohhhh its hard I can’t even remember everything we did right now hahaha! (also I know that was my top 6)
Was there a lot of drama?
I am going, to be honest here and say that there was definitely drama at some points, which I think happens quite naturally… There was more fuming between the girls than the boys in my opinion but yes it did happen. I think if you just stay out of it as much as possible it won’t really affect you, at least it did not really affect me really. I think you just need to pick your battles and stay out of the drama that does not affect you and you will be fine. Most of the drama will pass fairly quickly in my opinion.
What was your relationship with house parents like?
I really really liked and respected them a lot for what they did for us! Of course there as some house parents that you are closer to than other but that is just life… Overall we really did have a banter when they came and did our lights out at night! They were all so lovely and really there when you needed them. I also think we had the best head of boarding ever!
Have you made a lot of friends and will you stay in contact with them?
YES YES YES! Above you can see us after a colour run we did! I am the third from the right.I have made the best friends ever and I will always keep them in my heart! Boarders are just boarders and there really is a strong connection, that we all have, because of the experience we shared in coming to a new country and living there for two years. I think anyone would think twice about messing with a boarder, because all the other boarders stand behind him or her. Of course, you might not get on with every boarder and some you might get on with but don’t really talk to as much, but since you still share the same experience, I think it is different than normal classmates. I really appreciate and love my friends so much!
Did you miss home and if so what did you miss the most?
Yes, I did, in the beginning, I found it quite hard, especially because I was really happy at home and with my friends. Over time I did not really miss it as much as I did in the beginning, to be honest. I am glad that I missed home and my friends because that means I have a great family and amazing friends. After a while you get used to it and it is super nice when you do see them. It really is a test for friendships and there are some friendships that broke a little bit when I went to England, but the important people are all still there, despite the distance!! Living in the two worlds was not always easy because when you are in England you have your English life and then you come back to Germany and things are still the same but they still have changed and it is different so it is not as easy as you would think it is and I don’t really think people who did not experience it themselves quite know how hard it can be.