Skills, responsibility, accomplishments, friendship — this is just some of what seventh grader Anya says she has gained during her three weeks at EXPLO. Her only wish is that she had four weeks instead!

This was my first time living away from home. It’s not like you have all the freedom you want — you can’t just eat brownies for lunch — but you don’t have the rules you have at home. You also get to do a bunch of different things. I never get to play dodgeball in school. I actually did nine sneaker activities here, which I didn’t think I would do, and I’m super glad that I accomplished that.

I know that the friends that I made here I’m going to have for a very long time. Since I’ve never been to a camp before, I was nervous that I wouldn’t make any friends. I was definitely wrong. Living with my friends here is like a three week sleepover! My roommate, Anastasia, and I always talk and hang out together until we have to go to bed. Some nights we gather around our advisors’ laptops with blankets and pillows and watch a movie. It’s kind of like a family.

In my Real Life Skills workshop we learned how to do laundry and iron clothes, and from living in a dorm I learned how to take care of my belongings and become more responsible. You have to remember to put on sunscreen and brush your teeth, for example. In the future, when I go to college and I starting living on my own, I'm going to need to know how to take care of myself.

Three weeks was a good amount of time to be here — but maybe there should be one more week because I love it here so much. I’m not ready to go home. I’m definitely going to go to Wellesley next year. I’m looking forward to going to the Vil and having more freedom because I’ve learned how to be responsible here.