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Finishing School?

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1 year ago
I was watching this programme on finishing school and wondered if anyone has ever been to one? They teach you how to be a proper lady. Good poisture, manners and how to speak and dress well. It does look a bit strict though. I think if I went there they would have me loose my accent and speak the queens english- how now brown cow. :-p Is there really any point to these schools? Is it just for the super rich and the high class society? Do you think its too old fashioned? A friend of mine from London has a colleague from work who went to one I think in either switzerland or sweeden. She was not the smartest person in the world so uni wasn't suited to her and her parents sent her there instead. Apparently she can balance a book on her head very well. :-p

sarah :-)
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Robin (robbin')
Hahaha....no, that came later in life....;)
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Native,
Will you quit putting yourself down? You've said in past blogs that you aren't smart, aren't pretty, aren't in the class of ParisHilton.
Excuse me, but Paris has NO CLASS. She was just lucky enough to be born into money.
Big difference there.
Believe in YOU, girl. I do!
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Yes, I went to a finishing/modeling school too and in retrospect I found it much more beneficial than at the time.
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1 year ago
hi people,

thanks for your comments. Finishing school does sound interesting. Maybe it is worth a go. Well I'll need to look into it more. Would be an experience if anything else.

sarah :-)
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I personally haven't been to one Sarah.. though my god daughter went to one some years ago. I grew up having to learn exactly that from an early age. I absolutely hated being seen and not heard, so you can guess why I often recieved punishments as a young child. hehehe. My god daughter went to private boarding schools first and then a finishing school in Switzerland. I know that I absolutely hated having to take the classes I took as a young child.. by the time I was in my teens I felt different and strange in a public highschool and was often accused of being snobbish (actually I was just shy though very well known and talked and befriended anyone). It wasn't till years later that I truly appreciated the hard work that had gone into my education. There have been various situations where I think I might not have done as well in society had I not had the training. My god daughter swears to this fact too now (she's 21 by the way and headed just started med school this past fall with high expectations for herself) She said that there have been times where it has given her the confidence to deal with elders (especially this one Dean apparently). She didn't enjoy all the experiences from the school though. Now name one person who does?? I didn't enjoy it either actually.. she kept calling and trying to see how badly she could shock me (Would see my reaction before trying it on her father and stepmother) with things such as birthcontrol pills .. when she was 14!!!
From her experiences and from mine.. I am determined that my children will go to a finishing school. I'm possitive that they will be strict, but it never killed me and I never hated it. There have been many times when I've used the education I had in regards to work. It's amazing how fast one progresses when one uses manners, poise and a bit of refinement.
By the way Sarah.. to this day I can still ballance a book on my head.. when I'm not trying to read it *LOL*

Leigh
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I went to finishing/modeling school. John Robert Powers in Pittsburgh.
I had a blast. It did change the way I talked a bit. Not as nasaly as I once was. (teenagers!)
And I did learn how to walk and get in and out of a car properly. And how to address presidents and queens.
The fun part, to me, was fencing. I loved it!
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I've lived in England -even went to boarding school for a few years. I met a young woman who went to a finishing school in Switzerand and she said it was the best thing she ever did. Her parents weren't royalty or super rich - they were probably at least upper middle class though.
It's definitely more an European thing to do than it is an American.