“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
– Aristotle

It is the night before new students register for school. The international students have already moved in, and are no doubt sleeping the deep sleep of the jet-lagged, whether having come from Japan, Korea or Mexico. The other new students, whether in their own beds at home or safe in a nearby hotel, may well still be up, energized with that mix of nerves and excitement that characterizes all first days of school, especially when it’s the very first day at a brand new school. Returning students are looking forward to one additional day of summer vacation, secure in the knowledge that well-loved and familiar faces await them in a few days. As a parent myself of a child about to leave for his first day in a boarding school, I know only too well that parents are experiencing all the above emotions and more. Even in my own house, snug and quiet, I can feel the gathering electricity. Everything lies in readiness, waiting only for the coming together.

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