The Boarding School Survival Guide.pdf

The Boarding School Survival Guide.pdf


Justin Muchnick attends Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts and is the co-author of Straight-A Study Skills (Adams Media, January, 2013). He is currently the youngest journalist for The Bootleg (, Stanford University's sports news website, where he publishes articles about college football. His academic interests include reading, writing, Latin, and modern American history and politics. He also plays soccer and is on the Varsity Wrestling team at Andover. When he is not at boarding school, he lives in Newport Beach, CA with his parents and three younger siblings (Jacob, Ross and Ally).

Attending boarding school is a serious commitment in many realms, whether emotional, financial, academic, or otherwise. With that in mind, it is important to understand what boarding school is all about. This valuable resource is full of insights from students who attend or recently graduated from a boarding school. The Boarding School Survival Guide provides a variety of perspectives that help both prospective students and parents decide if boarding school is the right choice for them, and assists current students in navigating the twists and turns of school away from home.

  • Written by students for students-in a fun, easy-to-read manner with essential, up-to-date information
  • An honest and insightful look at life at today's boarding schools
  • Anecdotal testimonies from current boarding school students and those who've recently graduated
  • Helpful tips and strategies for students who are considering applying to boarding schools or are getting ready to attend one

Praise for the Author:

"No one in the boarding school admission office chooses a photo highlighting a student frowning on rainy, cloud day as its cover shot for their viewbook. Quite the contrary, bright fall colors, robust smiles and everyone engaged is the photo sought and selected. Young Mr. Justin Muchnick has cut through the veneer so any student, parent, prospective employee, ANYONE considering life at a boarding school would be well served to peruse this manual and embrace its heartfelt message. What makes it most compelling to me, a 20-plus year veteran of the boarding school admission arena, is the fact Muchnick doesn't rely solely on his alma mater, as distinguished as in may be, but he has drawn from a cast of contributors representing a myriad of institutions: public, private, big, small, country, city etc. Quite simply, he practices what he preaches, and therefore The Boarding School Survival Guide is now a must read to all my prospective students because it does rain, clouds do materialize and, yes, frowns are seen on occasion around campus (especially around finals week during Leftover Sunday Dinner!)"

-- Alan D. Whittemore, Dean of Admission
Maine School of Science & Mathematics


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