Junior gives boarding advice

Henry Gnann ’21 lounges on a comfy couch in his dorm. The juniors share a room with three other students.

Boarding seems like a daunting challenge to those who have never experienced it. However, once one becomes accustomed to boarding, it becomes a way of life that is easy to follow and fun to do. In order to have a successful year boarding, there are three major rules that you have to follow.

The first essential rule is to be social. When a freshman first starts living at school, he might know very few people and may even feel alone in the first tumultuous weeks of the school year. However, this is something you can easily overcome by being social. 

Talk to people, play games, enjoy yourself, and, in no time, you’ll have a group of brothers who you can’t imagine life without.

The second rule is to go outside and experience nature. With the school’s gorgeous, expansive campus, this rule is a no-brainer. For freshmen, it is quite easy to get outside, due to the small amount of time allowed on phones. 

However, some people prefer the electronic lifestyle. These people often end up lonely, as all their classmates are outside exploring the long, winding trails. To avoid loneliness, it’s best to keep computer and phone use to a minimum, and use the great outdoors for entertainment.

Finally, good hygiene really is a must. And guys, that means daily showers. For the brand-new boarder, showering can be terrifying. Going from the privacy of home, with seemingly endless heated water and showering alone, the group showers in the dorms seem almost traumatic.

But come on, after a long practice in blazing hot sun, a shower quickly becomes not only necessary, but  wanted. Refusing to do so is the quickest way to become a social pariah.

All in all, the mainstays of boarding are socializing, going outside, and showering. If you focus on making friends, being open to going outside and exploring, and try to make an effort to stay clean, then you should be set. However, if you sit inside all day and refuse to be clean, then you may have a rough time boarding.

The Mount is produced by the students of Mount Michael Benedictine School.