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Future Rams 2019!

Sarah O'Neill & Kathryn Merola
This Friday wrapped up two very important events at Tilton School: Accepted Student Welcome Days. Over 50 accepted students and their families joined us on the Hill for an in-depth look at what Tilton School is all about.
The goal of our Accepted Student Welcome Days is to provide opportunities for each student and family to speak with our community members, ask questions, and explore the question of “is this where I can feel comfortable?” It’s about showing off what it’s like to be a part of this community and communicating our love for Tilton School.

Accepted students and their families spent the day learning about various aspects of life on the Hill, from student and residential life to academics and athletics. Students attended sessions on mindfulness and preparing for success, while parents learned about Tilton’s Guided Program of Study. And of course, they taste tested lunch the dining hall. The day was immortalized for each student with a photo, taken with Rusty Ram and Tilton Admissions Ambassadors. It is difficult to portray what life is like on campus in a short 5-hour span but we believe our enthusiasm and love of the school radiates throughout the day.

Our accepted students have a hard decision to make as they are typically accepted to multiple schools.
So, why Tilton?

As we await decisions by #futurerams2019, we’d like to share the story of why one student, Kathryn Merola ‘22, chose Tilton School as her home away from home.
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I’m Kathryn Merola ‘22, a current freshman day student from Meredith, New Hampshire. When 8th grade came around and I had to start thinking about high school, I was overwhelmed. I was looking at schools all over New England, researching for hours and hours. My list of schools was wide and varied, but my parents advised me to narrow down my list and visit some schools I was seriously interested in.

By the fall of 2017, I had narrowed my list to four local schools, one being Tilton. I was looking for a high school with great academic and college counseling programs, as well as a strong sense of community. I decided to be a day student because I have a younger brother at home and I want to be there for him as he starts middle school. At the time, Tilton wasn’t my top choice, but after receiving my acceptance letters, I decided to revisit.

I ended up visiting Tilton’s campus about four times before making my final decision. Tilton’s Forge Program really made them stand out to me as an incoming 9th-grade student. I was able to meet people, work with potential classmates, and attend classes. Each time, I met teachers and students who made me feel as though I was part of the community. I remember the sense of pride each person exuded as a Ram.

Three days before the deadline, I chose to be a Ram. I was in the Admissions Office when I met a parent who said they’re son was an incoming freshman and, before I had even finalized my decision with my parents, I responded with, “So am I!”

I was really nervous the night before school started. I had already made friends at Tilton, but the idea of starting a new chapter in my life was intimidating. When I woke up that Monday morning, I was filled with butterflies. I couldn’t eat, I was rushing my parents out the door in anticipation of registration.

The first week flew by. We didn’t have classes, instead, we had orientation activities and school trips. I thought this was strange at first, but looking back it was a really nice way to get to know my teachers and peers before jumping into academics. Although my academic day is busy, I always have fun at school. My friends and I go to the MARC in our free time, hang out in Knowles lobby, and attend sports games to support our fellow students.

Tilton is everything I expected it to be and more. I have never enjoyed school so much, and to my parents’ surprise, I never want to leave. At Tilton I’m pushed to be my best, constantly supported, and always making new friends and learning new things. Tilton is more than just a high school, it’s an experience.

Go Rams!
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