Humans of Northwood: Luke Smith ‘21

Luke Smith

My strong English accent makes it hard for many people at Northwood to understand me. But I don’t regret that I moved away from my family and my home town of Bolton, England two years ago to attend Northwood. Throughout my time here, my experience has been better than I could’ve ever imagined. Northwood has given me the best opportunity to play football and get an enhanced education. No matter what happens, I’m certain that I want to stay in America because I want to continue pursuing my football career at an American university.

Unfortunately, with positives, there always come some negatives. But there are only a couple of negatives for me. The food offered at Northwood is something I don’t like. I miss English food. I’ve also never been able to adjust to the weather. It’s drastically different from back home. The one thing I miss the most about home is the English banter because I can’t get it with my friends here in America.

There are a lot of differences between Northwood and my old school. One of the main ones is that my old school was a local public high school and Northwood is a private school. I find education at Northwood more difficult and challenging. Another obvious difference is that Northwood is a boarding school. With that comes a whole different style of living and learning, but I couldn’t be happier with the change.

Living away from home is hard. But it’s given me the opportunity to make many memories and unforgettable times with my teammates. My life at Northwood has been unbelievable so far. The relationships I made here will stay with me forever.

– As told to Aimee Headland ’20

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