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Advice on explaining a school decision

Talking about why the public school wasn’t right for you.

> I am a student who recently transferred to a small private school even though my town has a prestigious public school ranked among the top in the nation. Every time I mention where I go, people express dismay about my choice. The truth (which I would rather not share with anyone who asks) is that I transferred because I was very unhappy in my former school. Is there a way to deflect such comments?

J.W. / Lexington

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