A Close-to-Home School Gave Eli a Global Education
Emily Weir

Day student Eli Nicolson grew up only a few miles from NMH, but classes here have taken him thousands of miles away to study in Uruguay and New Zealand. “The learning you can do in a six-week, study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this,” he says. 
Eli’s language-immersion trip to Uruguay was “not just studying Spanish, but living in Spanish.” This type of non-traditional learning was also part of the New Zealand study trip. His group stayed with indigenous Maori people, and some of them were given the honor of helping to paddle a waka (ceremonial canoe) on the country’s biggest national holiday. “Being part of Maori culture and traditions was one of my best NMH learning experiences,” he recalls.
Eli says NMH’s academics are difficult, but great. “It’s more rigorous than any school I’d attended, but there’s also much more support here.” Math was a particular challenge for Eli, so he took advantage of peer tutors and evening help sessions, and spent after-class time with his algebra teacher. “He took me under his wing, provided extra help, and boosted my confidence as a student,” Eli says. That teacher was also “unbelievably helpful” when Eli was choosing a college. “Because of our personal connections, he knew exactly what kind of college I’d fit into.” (He’ll attend Union College.)
As a resident leader in Crossley, Eli is “the caring big brother” to peers and younger students in the dorm. “It’s an interesting dynamic being in a dorm with kids of different ages, and one aspect of that is that students both give and get help from one another.”