67 Telltale Signs That You Went To Boarding School

There’s a reason you own so much argyle…

1. You still make your bed every morning, out of habit.

Because you had daily room inspection.

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2. You’ve been addicted to coffee since you were 14.

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3. You have an abundance of blazers and dress socks.

Because you were constantly reminded of the importance of “class dress.”

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4. You’ve never had a snow day.

Regardless of the weather.

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5. You’re totally comfortable with public speaking.

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6. And can even recite Shakespeare on command.

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7. Your most embarrassing memory is still your biology teacher walking in on you changing.

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8. You still call the principal the “headmaster.”

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9. Academic/residential buildings = “Halls”

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10. Marks for misconduct = “Demerits”

And boy, do they add up…

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11. School nurse = “Infirmary”

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12. And the cafeteria = the “Dining Hall”

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13. Speaking of, the comfort food you miss isn’t your mom’s secret recipe, but your dining hall’s.

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14. Though they mainly served various kinds of chicken.

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15. Which you ate at a table, family style, during “seated meals.”

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16. With your (surprisingly crushworthy) teachers.

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17. Who were also your coaches.

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18. And lived on campus.

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19. So you always knew when your favorite was on dorm duty.

Because the good ones brought cookies!

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20. You checked the mailroom everyday.

Which is why getting mail still brightens your day.

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21. You are all too familiar with the Harkness Method.

And the notorious Harkness table…

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22. In fact, you’ve heard legends of students doing the deed on top of these intricate and sacred tables.

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23. Because hookups were always in sketchy locations.

Nature trails, empty classrooms, the soccer field…

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24. Which is why you were caught by your math teacher at least once.

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25. You were closer to the faculty children at your school than to your own siblings.

You sure babysat them enough…

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26. You got used to study hall.

Sometimes you even studied!

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27. But you never stopped hating Saturday classes.

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28. Weekend restriction was nothing like The Breakfast Club.

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29. But expulsion was a fate worse than death.

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30. Your internet cut off at approximately 8 p.m.

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31. And on the off chance that it didn’t, everyone was like…

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32. You didn’t have “electives,” so you never took phys ed.

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33. Not that you needed to, with a required sport every season.

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34. In addition to sports, you cultivated at least one bizarre or artistic activity during your high school career.

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35. No one will ever understand the special bond you share with your high school roommate.

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36. You had to sign out every time you left campus.

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37. Proctors and prefects aren’t just from Harry Potter.

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38. You contracted every ailment known to man at one point or another.

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39. And probably remember the H1N1 epidemic of 2009 with great horror.

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40. Though your worst fear was a lice outbreak on your hall.

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41. You might not know the Cupid shuffle…

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42. But you sure can shag!

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43. You remain unfazed by communal bathrooms.

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44. In fact, showering became a convivial activity among your peers.

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45. Because modesty was a foreign concept in your high school dorm.

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46. As was air conditioning.

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47. You didn’t get your driver’s license until you were 18, or if you did, you never used it.

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48. And you certainly never took driver’s ed.

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49. You have friends from all over the world.

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50. Which is why you’re all about group texts.

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51. You took the honor code very seriously.

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52. And you never locked your door.

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53. But you always labeled your Diet Coke, because that stuff is like crack at boarding school.

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54. Talk of a “Headmaster’s Holiday” elicited unmitigated joy among your peers.

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55. You have yet to encounter a feud as serious as that between you and your rival school.

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56. But that didn’t stop you from dating someone who went there.

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57. Your senior thesis was 10 times harder than anything you ever did in college.

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58. Everyday you had mandatory convocation or chapel.

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59. But that’s not all your chapel was used for.

(See No. 23)

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60. You knew the name, hometown, and college plans of everyone in your class.

Which consisted of roughly 75 people.

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61. You appreciate the value of a chaperoned outing.

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62. You still know the phone number to the main office by heart.

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63. You are familiar with the term “Robo-tripping.”

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64. No one else quite understands all your school’s honored traditions.

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65. Your school had a water tower.

Which sometimes displayed important messages.

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66. You always went to school dances, or “mixers.”

Which were actually really fun…

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67. Dead Poets Society will forever hold a special place in your heart.

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