Reflections and Advice:
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
1)Each student has individual attention with their teachers and guidance counselors and 2)The weekends always full of activities
1)The St. Andrew's-Sewanee School community was like a big family. I came from a high school in New York City of 2000 students and just felt like I was an insignificant member of that 2000, but when I went to St. Andrew's-Sewanee's teachers, staff members, students and parents all knew me. What I am most appreciative to St. Andrew's-Sewanee for is the careful attention and guidance that I received in applying for college. My guidance counselor arranged for representatives from different colleges around the country to visit St. Andrew's-Sewanee. I was exposed to many different colleges without having to physically visit each University. I am the first person in my family to go to University in America and thanks to my guidance counselor I felt that I was not alone in the stressful college application process
2) As a high school student social life is very important. St. Andrew's-Sewanee was very organized in that every weekend there were planned and varied activities. There was a bus that took students to the mall, the movies, to the grocery store, to restaurants, wherever you wanted to go. I felt the staff worked hard not only to ensure that we had high academic standards, but also worked hard to ensure that we were entertained.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me was one of my teachers. She was the best person to have throughout my 3 years at SAS. She was my advisor but not only that I can say a really great friend. At times when I may have been struggling in a class, or I became homesick, she was there always. I knew her number by heart and I did not hesitate to call whenever.
It is wonderful to have one of those people especially when you are a boarding student and you don't have immediate access to your parents. She became my second mom and still is. Even now in College I talk to her regularly and she still gives me advice.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
One thing that makes being away from home and in a boarding school more manageable is a comfy bed. When I first arrived I would have brought one of those mattress cushions that gets placed underneath the bed sheets and provides more comfort. I had to wait until my next break to get one.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked the beautiful campus. When summer started to come, it was fun to sit out on the lawn and read or bask in the sun. St. Andrew's-Sewanee's owns a lake that students can go to and that is also a little get away because the lake is about a 7 min walk from the school and it is so much fun.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Don't try to smoke or break the rules because I was on the honor council and the punishments are not fun.
For girls, Colmore dorm is the nicest. But I stayed in St. Mary's dorm my 3 years at SAS and I loved it because of the people. Anywhere you live you will have a great time.