< My Mercersburg Story

Jordan Allen '15

When I first came here in the eighth grade, I was amazed at the campus. I thought, “This is like college.”

I got to tour some classes and meet some of the teachers. They seemed really nice, and the students were so friendly—they all said “Hi” or asked me my name or where I was from.

At first, I thought I would be going to a private school near my hometown, which is about an hour outside of Pittsburgh. Then a representative from Mercersburg actually came to my school.That was the first time I had heard of Mercersburg. I was interested in swimming, so Mercersburg’s famous swimming program really got my attention.

I never thought of boarding school as being my thing. But now that I’m in my second year here, I love living in a dorm. That’s one of my favorite things about Mercersburg.

My former school was a day school in a town about an hour away from where I lived.

After school I didn’t really get to see any of my school friends, but here I actually live with all my friends. I really like that.

I’m also pretty excited about the new student center. Here at Mercersburg we have so many different people. It’s so easy to fit in and make friends.

Academics here are definitely harder. At my old school, my classes were pretty easy. I didn’t have to go and see a teacher after class for extra help in order to get an “A.” Here, being so independent, it’s totally up to me to find the time to finish all of my make sure I did a good job.

Because the classes are harder here, I have to work a lot harder. I go to the Math Center a lot in the evening, and the Writing Center’s helpful, too. There are faculty at each center to help you, but I like how they have students there to help, also. That’s pretty cool.

When I got to Mercersburg I started swimming right away. And I’m still swimming. Hopefully I’ll make varsity this year. I also did track last spring for the first time. It was fun, but a lot different from swimming.

Mercersburg wants all ninth and tenth graders get experience in the arts. So I did band last year. I played percussion, and I picked up the saxophone here, too. I’ve been practicing, so if I get good enough, maybe I’ll go back into the band. And this year I’m taking ceramics. I had never really worked with clay that much before, and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. But it was fun, and I liked the experience.

There are so many different things you can do here. You can pick up new things or you can focus on one thing so you can really do your best. Actually, I want to try traveling abroad to Spain to practice my Spanish. It would really help.

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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg PA 17236
717-328-6173