The academics at my former school were really pretty good. Math had never been hard for me. I’d always gotten a 95 or higher at my old school. But last year in ninth grade at Mercersburg, math was a killer.
With Mr. Cohen last year in Algebra II Honors, I got destroyed. For the first time ever I had to work really hard in math. I learned a lot, because he’s such a great teacher and he truly challenged me.
This year I’m taking Pre-Calculus Accelerated. I want to move a little faster, so I talked to the head of the math department, Mr. Sweeney, who’s going to start giving me extra work to supplement my normal course load. Mercersburg has been so great about responding to what I need academically.
I’m from Purcellville, Virginia, which is in Loudon County, about 90 minutes south of Mercersburg. When I applied to Mercersburg it was kind of a spontaneous thing. I had applied to a math and science magnet school near home. They admitted me, but I decided to apply to Mercersburg. Mercersburg sounded cool—it’s not too far away from home, but it would be also a change of scenery and atmosphere.
When I finally visted Mercersburg, I liked everything I saw. I can honestly say that once I came here as a student, everything I had liked about Mercersburg as a visitor was pretty true. It wasn’t an illusion.
Dorm life has been just great. I didn’t realize that there’s something special about living with a roommate—that is, living so close to another person—every morning, every night. It’s nice. You make really good friends and you get to live with them.
I’m halfway through my 10th-grade year, and Mercersburg has already inspired me to think about college and my career. Right now I think I want to become an architect or maybe an engineer. I love Legos, and I love building things.
I’m already getting e-mails from colleges because of my scores on the PSAT. My parents and I are thinking that Cornell might be great because it has a good architecture school, and they also have a good lacrosse team. It’s still early though.
Mercersburg is a great fit for me, because I’m an athlete and an artist. Here I can explore both at the same time. I like drawing, and I like music. Last year I took guitar and drums in the first term. I also took jazz band last year and this year, and in the spring term this year I’ll be taking sculpture.
I love to play soccer. I’ve played it for years. I also run track and play lacrosse. Back home I had to go somewhere else to play soccer, but at Mercersburg there are lots of soccer fields. I can play it during my free period if I want.
Mercersburg gives you a lot of opportunities, like all the activities that you can be a part of, all the trips you can sign up to do, and all the interesting classes. You have a lot of variety, so you can really be well-rounded—you really can define yourself here.