Every student has unique reasons for enrolling, but ultimately it's about right fit. Here several students describe what attracted them to NMH—and why they're glad they came.
Joseph Sharkey '11
Home Norwood, Massachusetts
Previous school Brimmer and May School
Also applied to Worcester Academy, Noble and Greenough
Why NMH Had the best combination of academics and basketball; campus is one of a kind
Activities Basketball, baseball, guitar
Glad to be here because "everyone is so caring, and it's becoming my second family."
Favorite class Humanities I: Introduction to Religious Studies (especially the books, which range from Amazing Grace to Life of Pi)
AudreyAnne Guay '11
Home Bamako, Mali
Previous school American International School of Bamako
Why NMH Because of its variety, especially in academic courses, athletics, and the arts
Activities Piano; soccer; writing for the student newspaper,
the Bridge; helping with Breakaway, NMH's Christian youth group
Best thing so far "I love the people here and how we're encouraged to get involved in as many things as possible."
Glad to be here because "being at NMH is like being at home but ten times more intense. I learn a lot and work a lot, but I also have time for fun and hanging out with my friends."
Favorite class Creative Writing
Maxine Yakobi '10
Nickname Max or Maxi
Home New York, New York
Previous school Calhoun School
Also applied to Choate, Deerfield, Groton, Kent, Hill School, Hotchkiss, Miss Porter's, St. Paul's
Why NMH Highly praised by a family friend whose daughter currently attends; three visits to the school were all positive; likes the community work concept, student awareness, and how NMH encourages independent thinking
Activities Swim team, student government, community service
Languages English, Russian
Best thing so far "The unbreakable bonds I've made with my friends."
Favorite class Humanities II: International Perspectives
Ji Hyae Lee '09
Home Seoul, Korea
Previous school Salem Academy
Also applied to Choate Rosemary Hall, Middlesex School
Why NMH Strongly influenced by her father, who researched boarding schools and thought NMH was the best place for her; likes the multicultural environment, breadth of opportunities, and community values
Activities Debate, Model UN, International Students Association, tae kwon do, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Concert Band, swimming
Languages Korean, English, Spanish
Best thing so far "Having a lot of opportunities to get to know the faculty."
Glad to be here because "I can genuinely integrate myself into American culture."
Favorite class AP US History
Alexander Cesari '09
Home Chelsea, Vermont
Previous school Chelsea Public School
Also applied to Sharon Academy
Why NMH Attending along with his brother, Henry '08; their father is an NMH graduate; wants to be challenged; likes the diversity and motivation of the student body
Activities Weight lifting, wrestling, chorus, band, computers, cars, dogsledding
Glad to be here because "I like the sense of opportunity. This student body could change the world—we all have that potential."
Favorite class Introduction to Philosophy