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  • Abbey Alvarado

    Advice for a student considering Thacher:
    Do a lot of research. Take a deep dive into Thacher’s website and explore the different facets of Thacher life: sports, academics, horses, camping, Formal Dinner etc. Contact any students or grads that you know, especially your tour guides, and ask them questions that you really want to know the answers to. That will help you make an educated decision on where you spend the next four years of your life.
     
    Living and studying at Thacher:
    My favorite part about living at Thacher is the amazing bonds that I get to make when living in the dorms with all of the other girls in my grade. Living in a dorm gives me the opportunity to have conversations and make meaningful memories with my best friends as well as girls I wouldn’t normally connect with. In addition, the head prefect and dorm head plan fun, bonding events like glow-in-the-dark capture the flag against the boys’ dorm or spa nights after stressful days!  I’ve made close connections with the girls I live with through these fun events and through day-to-day life. Some of my favorite memories are of random conversations that happened by accident while I was brushing my teeth! Living in a dorm is so much fun and such a great way to make friends. :)
     
    Thacher’s influence on me:
    Before Thacher, I had no idea of the possibilities that would open up for me. My hopes, dreams, and ambitions were relatively small and close-minded. I was interested in volleyball, dance, basketball, and photography. Thacher opened my eyes to so many amazing experiences that I am grateful for. The horse and camping programs helped me realize how much I love the outdoors and connecting with nature. I’ve tried two new sports at Thacher (lacrosse and track) and had absolutely amazing experiences. I found a love for running that I never in a million years thought would exist and learned that I love lacrosse. I’ve realized that the possibilities for the future are endless, and I have the opportunity to constantly learn more about myself through trying new adventures.
     
    Ways I have changed in my time at Thacher:
    Once I graduate, I will miss the people the most. The Thacher community has served as my family away from home and I will miss it so much. My friends and teachers have helped me grow more than I could possibly explain as a person during my time here. I’ve learned so much about myself and gained confidence in my ability to persevere through anything.