Yulia ’21 was nervous about coming to a new school. But she quickly found her way at Peddie. A boarding student from Lawrenceville, N.J., Yulia is a Peddie tour guide, member of the girls’ swim team, the Peddie Environmental and Sustainability Team, and is a staff writer for the Peddie News student newspaper.
Peddie is special, not only for its wide range of opportunities but also because of the people that make up the community. Peddie faculty are talented and passionate about their work. As a student, you’ll meet people from different states and countries, learn about different cultures and discover that you can do so much to make an impact on our community.
I know being new can be scary — trust me, I’ve been there. Whether you’re coming in as a freshman or even a post-graduate, starting a new school can be stressful. But don’t worry. You’re in good hands, and you will find your people.
I know being new can be scary.
One of the benefits of Peddie is that people here aren’t confined to one category — it’s definitely not anything like “Mean Girls” or “High School Musical!” Varsity athletes play instruments. Theater kids like math. And while it can be intimidating at first (it definitely was for me), remember that you are a Peddie Falcon too — you were accepted to Peddie because of your own talents. So don’t hesitate to try new things — whether it’s trying out for the school musical instead of playing basketball, or signing up for a club on a whim. You never know what you’ll enjoy until you try it.
I joined PEST (Peddie Environmental and Sustainability Team) in the middle of winter term last year, and it was honestly the best decision I made all year. I never thought of myself as an environmental activist, but I helped eliminate styrofoam cups from our dining hall and volunteered during our Earth Day service projects.
Peddie has so many different clubs and organizations and opportunities for you to try. And if there’s something that you want to do that isn’t already in place, there’s always someone you can find who’ll help you support your idea.
I would never have thought that I would be living away from my family in a dorm at age 15, and I definitely never imagined that I would learn and grow so much — both in and out of the classroom. I think the biggest lesson that Peddie has taught me so far is how to take the lead and turn ideas into realities.