Laura Burgess

As a 6th generation boarding school graduate, Laura looks forward to bringing her love of all things boarding school to the next generation of Tabor students in her role of Director of Admissions Marketing. Laura has previously held positions at Mercersburg Academy, Kimball Union Academy, and Cardigan Mountain School's summer program.

Recent Posts

Podcast Episode 3: What's it Like to Have a Roommate?

Posted by Laura Burgess on Mar 9, 2022 7:47:45 AM

Having a roommate is one of the most profound and unique experiences you can have at boarding school, and it teaches you things you never thought you would learn. Having a boarding school roommate challenges you in new ways, brings out your best, and teaches patience, resilience, and empathy. There can certainly be challenges in any roommate relationship, but most can be overcome with good communication and a little help from trusted adults on campus.

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Topics: Podcast, Transitions, dorm life, Boarding

Podcast Episode 2: Insights from a Student and Teacher on Transitioning to High School

Posted by Laura Burgess on Mar 3, 2022 1:44:58 PM

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you have done well in middle school, or you are the parent of someone who has! Transitioning to high school requires some slight modifications and a step above the habits that got you there. But you don’t have to know how to succeed in high school already, and you won’t be expected to figure it out by yourself.

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Topics: Student Life, Admissions, Podcast, Transitions

Podcast Episode 1: 3 Main Differences Between Middle School & High School

Posted by Laura Burgess on Feb 24, 2022 2:02:04 PM

The differences between middle school and high school might surprise you. 

The biggest part of our job in the admissions office at Tabor is to meet with families who are searching for the right high school. Although we represent a boarding school, our conversations with families about what the next step of their student’s educational journey might look like cover a range of topics because there are many factors to consider. One thing that many students wonder about as their middle school years draw to a close is, “What will high school actually be like?” Many of them have some expectations based on things they have heard from family friends or seen in movies. 

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Topics: Student Life, Admissions, Podcast, Transitions

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Posted by Laura Burgess on Jan 27, 2022 5:45:00 PM

3 Ways to Make Waiting for Admission Decisions Easier

The essays have been polished and submitted. Transcripts have been uploaded. You have taken the Snapshot. You have scoured websites and read up on all of your schools of interest. You visited campuses and took tours and attended virtual events.  You rocked your interview. You have put in so much hard work and we are very appreciative. Now, there is one month to go until you will learn if you get accepted at your top private schools. 

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Topics: Admissions

Open House: Virtual & In-Person

Posted by Laura Burgess on Oct 29, 2021 1:58:59 PM

Opening Our Doors, Virtually and In-Person! 

Tabor Admissions has pivoted creatively to offer expanded in-person opportunities for our prospective families this year, and we have loved every minute of it! From outdoor fairs to hosting interviews in our festively decorated tent, we are happy to be back in action. 

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What to Expect in an Admission Interview

Posted by Laura Burgess on Aug 9, 2021 9:23:00 AM

Private school admissions interview preparation should give you a chance to reflect on your strengths and areas for improvement and what you hope your high school experience will be like. Admissions interview questions are designed to help the interviewer get to know you. Admissions interviewers are looking for qualities you could contribute to the school and, equally as important, how the school could help you on your educational journey. 

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Topics: Admissions

Four Tips For Maximizing Your On-Campus Tour

Posted by Laura Burgess on Jul 30, 2021 4:29:19 PM

A campus tour is a great way to get an initial sense of whether or not you can picture your family as part of the school community. Here are four tips for maximizing your on-campus, in-person boarding school tour experience including questions to ask and suggested ways to approach your tour. 

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Topics: Admissions

3 Reasons to Attend a Virtual Admissions Event This Summer

Posted by Laura Burgess on Jun 11, 2021 4:02:01 PM

The search for a private school should be an exciting, thoughtful, and fun journey for each student and their family and other trusted adults. The private school search and application process is most likely to be exciting, thoughtful, and fun when you are prepared! While looking at schools is an evaluative process on both sides, the goal is for each student to ultimately find the right fit. 

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Topics: Admissions

4 Things to Look for in a High School

Posted by Laura Burgess on May 14, 2021 11:45:13 AM

If you are reading this, you might already be thinking about the next exciting step of your education. Good for you! 

What to look for in a high school experience is important, and taking that next step to find that perfect school is exciting. Your high school experience should be so much more than just going to classes. High school should be a special time in your life — a place that you look forward to going to every day and that you will want to have in your life forever — and these four tips just might help you find the best private school for you. 

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Topics: Admissions

Approaching Virtual Revisit Days

Posted by Laura Burgess on Mar 11, 2021 7:00:00 AM

We are in the midst of preparing for our second year of virtual programs for accepted students, and we are excited about the opportunities we have to offer. Tabor’s 2021 accepted student programming will be highly customizable and personalized. Families will be able to choose from a wide variety of events and programs repeated over multiple days of the week and times of day. We have named them Red Carpet Events this year--- if you’ve seen our Taborflix site, or received a special something from us in the mail, you’ll know why. 

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Topics: Admissions

Enjoying Free Time

Posted by Laura Burgess on Jan 5, 2021 11:12:08 AM

Throughout the application process, one of the most frequently asked questions is what there is to do on weekends and during free time. Part of the beauty of boarding school is that each day is filled with purposeful commitments, activities, and free time. The free time is actually as much a part of the structure as classes, co-curriculars, and clubs. 

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Topics: Student Life

Opening Our Doors, Virtually!

Posted by Laura Burgess on Oct 15, 2020 1:34:20 PM

Normally, the Tabor Academy admissions office spends the fall planning and executing a Tabor tradition, the annual Fall Open House for prospective families. This year is no exception. The admissions office is still planning an open house. It just so happens that we will host this year’s open house on Zoom. Tabor’s first ever Virtual Open House will take place on Thursday, October 29th, from 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern. 

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Topics: Admissions