I remember when I first walked into my cabin, Orchard, the first few moments with the girls I would live with for the next four months was filled with nervous smiles and awkward introductions. Now reflecting back on meeting the seven wonderful girls that have become my family I see how far our friendship and love for each other has come.
The first couple weeks were filled with intense bonding and the sharing of stories. It was time when we started to make our cabin home. I remember it as the time when our cabin was organized! Through late night dance parties and games, stories from our sending schools, and our hopes and fears for the semester those seven girls became my family and biggest support system. When farm chores started, I became cabin mom and was tasked with waking up everyone for farm chores and now I have to get everyone up on a daily basis. At night I can always count a chorus of “goodnight” and “I love you family” before I drift off to sleep.
Orchard is now my home and the people in it my family. Our cabin is filled with memories of laughter and tears, of our colorful personalities and beds to match, of music and food, and recently the smell of wood smoke. Our cabin is no longer organized as our lives and spaces have all meshed together. Through these amazing girls I call my family I get a lifetime of support and love, the chance to laugh until I pee, and a group of people I can always count on everyday.
One of the things that make the semester so special is the ability to form a lasting bond with 42 people, but getting to live with seven of my closest friends here is a truly amazing experience. The community that our semester has worked to create is one of friendship and love, but my cabin, and everyone else’s, provides everyone with extra support and the chance to go home at night share the ups and downs of the day and know that whatever I am feeling there will always be my cabin to share those feelings with.
– Georgie Exton, Charlotte Country Day School, NC