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Q & A with Boarding Student Jacob Pacheco '23

Why did you decide to attend Boys' Latin? 
 The most important reason I chose to attend Boys' Latin was the strong sense of community. I was impressed with Boys' Latin's outstanding academics and after-school clubs and activities, but the people I met during my process made BL the best choice for me. Once I became more familiar with my peers and made some great friends, Boys' Latin quickly became a place for me to call home.
What has been the best part of living on campus in the new dorm? 
 The best part of living on campus and being a student in the inaugural boarding class is the relationships and close friendships I have built with the other boarders. One word we use a lot at Boys' Latin is brotherhood. The brotherhood that I have formed with the other boarding students has been something truly special, and without being a part of the boarding community, I am not entirely sure I would have forged some of these friendships. One of my peers in the boarding school is Lincoln Herring; he is a freshman. As a junior, I do not think we would have formed the same bonds if we were not living together. Today, I consider Lincoln one of my closest friends, and he is, in every sense, my brother. 
What part of the school day do you look forward to the most? 
The part of the school day that I most look forward to is my calculus class. Acknowledging, with humility, that I have always been a math nerd, this class has been something special. The rigorous coursework keeps me engaged, and I thoroughly enjoy the lectures and class time. My teacher, Ms. West, inspires me to do my very best work, and she is interested in me as a person. The class has become one that I look forward to every day. 
What makes the Boys' Latin community so special? 
I think Boys' Latin's small size and the constant support from everyone in the community make BL special. The upper school has a little over 300 students, so I have been able to become very close with a number of my classmates. Being a student from out of state, I was apprehensive about whether or not I would fit in at Boys' Latin. However, I was able to quickly form strong relationships and become a part of the Boys' Latin community. I was surprised at how seamless the transition was. The support each and every student receives from peers and the faculty and staff is amazing, and that is one of the many reasons that Boys' Latin has become my home away from home.