Samantha Chin-You

Trinity College School

My Motto:

Best Boarding School Memory: I have way too many memories of my school to have a favourite.

If I Wasn't in Class I Was... Playing sports, attending various club meetings, doing community service, eating in the dining hall, in my room, in someone else's room, attending school games/events.

My Room Looked Like... Heaven - For three years I had a roommate and each resident is provided with a chair, desk, wardrobe and bed. The beds could be combined to make bunk beds, or separated. Colourful posters, drawings, photos, a disco ball, Christmas lights, homemade mobiles- these are just some of the things I used to make my room feel more like home.

Proudest Moment: Winning the Most Improved Player award for field hockey. And although I've received other awards with greater titles, I truly believed this one was special. Field hockey is not typically played in Jamaica. I tried out for a field hockey team every year and it wasn't until my third year that I finally made the team. And with that, I was no good at it. But it didn't matter to me. I knew that I would work as hard as I could to improve.

Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge coming to boarding school was making new friends. I had been at my old school all my life and had known my classmates since pre-school. Being very shy, I was easily intimidated, but by living in such a high energy environment with so many activities to get involved in, making friends wasn't so hard after all.

My Next Adventure: Triple the trouble! I'll be living in a suite-styled dormitory with THREE other roomates at the University of Toronto in September! Luckily, four years of boarding school is more than enough preparation.

Only at Boarding School Can You... Live with 40 of your closest friends.

Some Advice for my Fellow Boarders: The food, the tight-knit community feel, the house competitions, chapel.

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