I’m in the Upward Bound program; because of that I’ve been coming to the NMH campus every summer since ninth grade. I never really pictured myself going to a boarding school, but the people at Upward Bound encouraged me to apply. I thought, “I’m not sure how I feel about that, but I’ll see how it goes.” I was worried about being away from my family for so long.
From the start, a handful of girls from my dorm made me feel really welcome. They came to my room the first night and talked to me until four o’clock in the morning. I felt like I could go to them for anything. Circle of Sisters is another group that made me feel welcome from the beginning. They said, “We’re basically a group of sisters, and we want you to join.”
I started my first sport at NMH: I made the softball team, and I love it. I had never done a sport, ever. Not even as a little girl. Softball is definitely a lot of running and hard work, but it’s better than just sitting and doing nothing. Being on a sports team has helped me work on my time management skills—balancing athletics and academics.