My school taught me a huge amount about getting on in a tight knit community and I use this every day in customer service.  The disagreements with other girls has been really difficult, you go to bed knowing you will both wake up and just start arguing all over again.  However, I have also learnt a lot about ignoring things that people say, and let things go over my head now if they are not important.  This has helped me to learn how to get on better with people.
If I was not boarding I am sure I would be in trouble with the police at home on the estate by now. I am just glad I am not growing up around here.  I look at the groups of young people hanging around the estate and getting into trouble.  I think I would be influenced by them and I would be just the same if I didn’t go to boarding school.