With shadow days quickly approaching, we asked Freshman Emma Stovicek to give us her perspective on what it felt like to shadow and how it feels to be a new student at Archmere. Shadowing is such an important and exciting part of the admissions process, but we understand that it is nerve-wracking for your 8th graders too. Our hope is that Emma’s story might allay any fears that your child might be feeling.
“Does this look ok?” I wondered at my reflection. As I adjusted my shirt and
nervously tugged at my skirt, I stared at the mirror. The girl in the mirror stared back. She didn’t really look like me, with her collared shirt and plaid skirt. It’s a strange feeling; to look in the mirror and not see yourself. I deftly tied my hair back into my customary ponytail, and walked out my bedroom door, turning off the light as I left. It was time for me to begin my first day at Archmere Academy.
Before talking about my first day of school, I suppose I should talk about the first time I ever truly visited Archmere. I distinctly remember waking up on the morning of my shadow day. It was a cool October day, and I couldn’t wait to start my day as a shadow. I suppose a lot of the elation had to do with the fact that I got to be excused from class at my middle school that day. The feeling of getting to visit an entirely new place with an entirely new set of people was incredibly intoxicating. Of course, it was also stressful. I bit my lip all the way to the shadow drop off sign and was on edge for most of the morning. I got to school and met my buddy, a freshman, and I began my day as a shadow. The day was a blur. I went with my buddy to all of her classes, like art and biology. During her free period she showed me all of the buildings ringing the quad, and I ate lunch in the SLC for the first time. By the end of the day, I felt completely at ease. As I left campus, I found myself realizing that I didn’t want to leave Archmere. For me, that was when I decided I would do whatever it took to get into Archmere.
Now that I’ve been a freshman for over two weeks, I’ve discovered that I’m getting used to the school year. I’ve made lots of new friends, and I’ve had the chance to hang out with old ones that also came to Archmere from my middle school more. I have cross country practice every day after school, but I’ve found that my homework is still manageable. It’s definitely more than what I had in middle school, but it’s not awful. If I could give any advice to eighth graders considering high school options, I would say that you should apply to a school that you could really see yourself attending. Does it have the classes you want? What about electives and extracurriculars? When you shadowed, did you like the teachers and the other students? For me, Archmere definitely came through with all of these things and more. Now when I look in the mirror every day, the girl in the uniform is much more familiar.