Alumni perspective: How Peddie prepared me for college

Karly Bullock ’19 is a sophomore at Bucknell University.

“You got in! I am so proud of you,” shouted my mom as I opened my acceptance letter to Bucknell University. A wave of emotions hit me as I let my mother’s words sink in. I knew that college was the next step in my journey, but I wasn’t ready to give up all that I had at Peddie. My home. 

I spent the next six months preparing to say goodbye to my high school life. I wrote letters to my Peddie teachers thanking them for all they had done for me, and I tried to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family. I knew that everything that I was “leaving”; friends, family, home, and Peddie would still be there for me when I returned for breaks, but I didn’t expect that those things would travel with me to college as well. 

Even as a day student, Peddie prepared me for residential life

While I was a day student during my time at Peddie, I still learned about the ins and outs of being a boarder and having a roommate through my friends that boarded. I had a sense of what things were important to bring for your dorm room and what things weren’t. I also learned that it is okay not to be best friends with your roommate as long as you can function together in a room. While seemingly small pieces of knowledge, I felt like I was at such an advantage knowing what it was like to live away from home. I knew what to expect.

One of the most important things I learned at Peddie was the importance of getting involved and pushing past your comfort zone.”

I learned the value in creating structure

When it came to academics, Peddie prepared me in more ways than one. When I got to college, one thing that shocked me was how much free time I had. Peddie did an amazing job of keeping us busy with classes and extracurriculars. I was used to having a routine, and when I got to college, I realized that I would have to make structure for myself. For some of my peers, adjusting to making their schedule was challenging. However, I just built a structure similar to what I had at Peddie, which allowed me to have the time for my classes, homework, clubs and hanging out with my friends.

I’m comfortable seeking help 

On top of preparing me to utilize my time well, my teachers at Peddie taught me the importance of seeking out help when struggling in a class. When I arrived at Bucknell, I made it a priority to meet each of my professors so that I could feel comfortable going to them for extra help when needed. Like Peddie, college has challenged me academically. However, thanks to Peddie, I now have some tools to help me manage the workload and be comfortable seeking help. 

The importance of pushing outside your comfort zone

One of the most significant things that I learned at Peddie was the importance of getting involved and pushing past your comfort zone. From the start, Peddie teachers emphasize that getting involved in clubs and teams on campus is just as important as academics. 

I would have never met some of my best friends if I didn’t join the yearbook club and the girl’s golf team. I pushed through the new and uncomfortable feelings and found two passions that I didn’t know I had while making great friends in the process. When I got to college, the Peddie mindset of pushing myself out of my comfort zone ran through my head, and I made sure to get involved in clubs that I knew I was interested in and made sure to get involved in a club I had never done before. 

At Peddie, I learned how to live away from home, manage my time, seek help, and, most importantly, be comfortable with the uncomfortable. It’s an experience that I will cherish and value for a lifetime.

Karly Bullock '19

Karly Bullock '19