03 Sep What is it really like living in a community like Woodstock School?
I’m Supriti Pradhan, currently a senior in Woodstock School. You might or might not have heard of it but it’s a boarding school in Mussoorie. Well, I’m not going to give you superficial details about the school – for example, it is one of the top ten international boarding schools in the world. What I am going to tell you about is my experience here.
I joined this place in seventh grade, I was just an 11-year-old girl who had never slept alone in her own bed. To say that I was a bundle of nerves would be an understatement. Living in a community where there were people from all over the world, it was so different that I didn’t know how to respond.
It is hard not to fit in in a place like Woodstock School.
But as all stories go, things started to look up for me. I found friends and realized that it is hard not to fit in in a place like Woodstock.
Throughout my six years here, the best part of it was the dorm life. It was great living with my friends. I was quite apprehensive about living in the same house as my friends, I thought I would get sick of them, but it turned out that I was wrong.
There are times when my friends and I feel like dancing. So we turn up the speakers and just start dancing. It’s not an official school dance nor is it a Social Activities Committee event, it’s just a spontaneous dance fest inside the four walls of our home. Everybody just joins in and we all enjoy ourselves without a care in the world, without a fear of being judged – just fun.
My friends were right there when I needed them.
This is when our friendships grow and when our memories are formed. This is when we realize that we all have struggles in life, and we are not alone. This is when we accept each other and our unique ways.
I know what helped me through the rough patches too – whether it was tough times back home or just the uncertainty every teenager feels – my friends were right there when I needed them.
I’m from Nepal, and I remember this one time in tenth grade when there was a huge earthquake in Nepal. It was all over the news – people were dying and houses were collapsing. My Nepalese friends and I were so scared about our families’ safety but the network was down so none of us could reach them.
However, during my time of need all of my friends, classmates, teachers and dorm parents came together to help me in different ways. Whether it was a hug or a prayer, some tea or an encouraging smile, they all put in their best efforts to comfort me.
That was when I knew that these people who were surrounding me are always going to be there in my time of need. They are my safety net when all else fails. They are going to be there for me – my apologies for sounding too clichéd – through the good and the bad. Living in a community like this made me feel blessed that I had such support in my life.
I think the main reason why I felt so at ease when living with my friends was because they were around the same age as me. They had been through what I was going through and sometimes that is all I could ask for. For someone to understand me and see the world through my eyes.
It’s an assurance that is hard to find in a world where you feel alone.
Having people who I can really be myself and go crazy around while knowing that they have my back when needed is an amazing feeling. It’s an assurance that is hard to find in a world where you feel alone.
Woodstock School has changed my life for the best in every way.
These feelings and experiences are real – it’s something that no Woodstocker would miss out on. Woodstock is the only place where memories like these can be made.
Follow me as I reflect upon my years at Woodstock.