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Sian Stephens – Head Boarder

I have lived in Waitaki House since the middle of my own Year 9.  Growing up over the past five years, hostel has become like a second home to me, Margie like a second Mum, the Matrons like Aunties, and my fellow boarders like older and younger sisters.  Being in Waitaki House I have been offered so many opportunities that I would not have experienced if I was not in hostel.  We yearly visit places all over Otago, including Danseys Pass, Dunedin, Otematata, Timaru, Mt Hutt and my favourite trip, Cardrona Ski Field.  Living in hostel has taught me many things, some of which being how to live away from my parents for months at a time, causing me to be far more independent and less reliant on them.  It has taught me to deal with all sorts of people from all different walks of life, which has made me more accepting of everyone around me.  Deciding to be a boarder and moving to Waitaki Girls’ has been one of the best decisions I have ever made;  I have made friends for life, and shared amazing opportunities and experiences with so many differing people.

 
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