Did boarding school meet my expectations? I had no expectations but boarding school taught me many things and instilled values in me that I live by today. At the time, I didn’t really appreciate the value of going to Louisville though I knew I was privileged to go to a good private school. There were moments when I cried because I couldn’t understand why I was under the hot sun cutting grass as punishment for not laying my bed properly. I left Louisville knowing that outdoor labour like cutting grass isn’t for me. There were punishment times, happy times with my schoolmates and academic sessions to get the qualifications that I needed.
In 2004, I resumed secondary school at Louisville in Nigeria. I was excited and told my older brother that I won’t be joining him at his school as I was going to Louisville. Little did I know what awaited me at secondary school.
I had read two of Enid Blyton’s boarding school series, St. Clare’s and Malory Towers when I was in primary school but I knew Louisville wasn’t going to be like that. There was no way Louisville which is situated in the South-west region of Nigeria would be similar to the schools in England that Enid Blyton wrote about.
This picture was taken in 2010 near the end of my final year at school. I’m the third person from the left.
Watch the video below to hear me talk about my experience.
It was hard to capture six years of being at boarding school in a video of less than six minutes but I was able to share my memories of it and the lessons from Louisville.
Let me know your fondest memories from school and whether you went to boarding or day school.