During my second year on the Natural Science program at VRG Djursholm, I wanted a challenge – a new adventure where I could grow academically and on the personal level. I decided to apply to The Lawrenceville Scholarship offered by the Swedish-American foundation, and now a year later I am incredibly happy that I made that decision.
After only two months at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, I can already say it has become my new home. I do not live permanently with a host family, (which is what most Swedish exchange students in America do) but I reside at the school in a dormitory on campus with many other senior girls. This has been a great change from what I’m used to, but it is also incredibly fun to get to experience the American culture this way. The other girls and our housemasters become like a second family when you are away from home, since you do everything together.
The academics here are more rigorous than what I experienced during my two years at VRG and my workload is a lot heavier. However it is easy to get help from your teachers and peers, which makes the work very rewarding at the end. Lawrenceville also has an amazing range of classes you can take as a senior, so it is easy to find a class that you are really passionate about. Personally I wanted to experiment with subjects outside of my regular science classes at VRG, which has made me discover new interests I never knew I had! For example, I have decided to take classes in Astronomy, Buddhism and the History of Race, which are subjects I never would have had the opportunity to take during high school in Sweden.
The student life at Lawrenceville is what I would say is the greatest thing about the school. Whether you want to join after-school clubs, play for a sports-team or doing anything in the arts, there is a great variety of options to choose from. The school community is very tight, and everybody is certainly proud to be a “Lawrentian”, which definitely shows at different sports games and other gatherings!
Applying for the scholarship has been the biggest and most rewarding decision of my life. I know I will graduate from Lawrenceville as a more independent person with countless memories, life-changing experience and amazing friends from all over the world. It never hurts to try, so if you are interested, apply to the scholarship before November 28th!
Swedish Scholar at The Lawrenceville School 2014-2015