Regents both as an institution of learning and a place to live grew on me slowly and by the end of the academic year, my desire to leave had decreased significantly. Initially, I was perplexed by this new development of course. I never felt a connection to boarding like this before and I had to do some inner reflection to find out what’s so different about Regents.
Midway through Year 11, I started to sense something about Regents, it was not a thought but a feeling, a sensation. After thinking about it, I came to a realization that what I sense is the feeling of family and security. Having been an international boarder for most of my post primary years, and changing schools very often, I had not lived with my family for most of the year, having my family at home and now a boarding family was strange but very welcoming. It’s like a part of me came to life here, a feeling that I never thought I needed or particularly wanted, but once understood, made me realise boarding is special.