To give insight into what life is like in our boarding house, Sixth Form student Kaja gives an account of her experience. She discusses her sense of security here at Langley, the family feel of the boarding community, and the lifelong memories she has made in the boarding house. Read about her experience below.
I’ve been at Langley School for six months. I’m Polish, English is not my native language and I’ve never been to the UK before September. I’ve never lived in a boarding house, too, so it was even a bigger challenge for me – living in a foreign country using my second language all the time and staying far away from my family and friends form Poland.
Before I came here, I was thinking a lot about the fact, if I would be accepted in my new environment. The Langley School boarding community appeared to be really welcoming – I’ve met people, who made me feel part of this big family. Spending time in a common room with my British and international friends, playing games, cards, and watching films, taking part in different activities organised by the Boarding Stuff, celebrating the Chinese New Year, even small trips to Co-op to Loddon or bigger ones to Norwich – all these things helped us to get closer to each other and get to know more about our cultures.
Sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m actually here – the spring is coming and I wake up hearing birds from the park surrounding the Boarding House, I look through the window at the trees which begin to turn more and more green, I go down for breakfast and start the day with friends I can spend hours talking, laughing and just doing all the things you do with people you enjoy spending time with. I feel safe, that if I need anything, I can always speak to one of the Boarding Staff, and they will help me to deal with the issue.
The sense of security and acceptance are the things I find the most important when I think about all the reasons why I am happy in my new life here. It is said: “there are no irreplaceable people”, however, I don’t agree with this statement. Every person we meet in our lives contributes to it – we often don’t see it until we move forward leaving them behind. The people I’ve met in boarding are particularly important to me – we share every moment of our day, from breakfast, school day, to dinner and late night talking. I’ve made loads of amazing memories with them and I know I will make even more – memories which will stay with me for lifetime.