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Sarabeth Henne ’15

The Admission department told us how difficult the academics would be here, but I didn’t really realize how much harder they would be until I was actually in class.

For example, history. At my former school I was used to simply reiterating on a test what I had heard in class, but not really analyzing anything. That’s not how it’s done at Mercersburg. We still have a lot of facts to remember and recall here, but we have to able to analyze and talk about those facts in class and on tests. That was really challenging. But I’ve learned so much more.

I feel like I’m becoming more of a leader. Freshman year is a huge adjustment. If you have a bad day, it’s not as though you can go home to your parents and talk about it. Instead you can talk to your peers.

Being a sophomore I’ve become a leader by taking it upon myself to act as a comforter to freshman in particular who are having a bad day or other difficulties, so they know that we all go through many of the same things.

I know it might sound cliché to say that I really, really love the community aspect of Mercersburg, and I’m sure you could find at least some of that at any boarding school, but Mercersburg is so diverse.

We all get along very well. For example, there are the jocks and the kids who do theater, and there are the very smart people, and then there are those of us who are working really hard to get good grades, but we all come together in such a special way, even though we’re all so different, and we all come from different places.

My mom is a Mercersburg alum. I applied to schools other than Mercersburg, and I toured others, but just wasn’t really crazy about them.

Mercersburg was always sitting in the back of my mind as my first choice. At Mercersburg I just felt like I was at home. And it was an appropriate distance from my family in suburban Philadelphia—three hours by car, but close enough if my parents want to come see me play a game or swim or something like that, they can do it easily.

Swimming is my main sport. Before I came to Mercersburg, I’d never really been an artsy person. But this term I’m taking speech.

I’m also taking ceramics in the spring. That’s another thing about Mercersburg. It opened a whole new spectrum of opportunities for me, which was really nice.

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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