Virginia Episcopal School - Review #6
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2009-2012|
|Sports and Activities:||During my time at VES I participated in baseball, basketball, outdoor club, and the spring musical. I was also a member of the senior counselor body and the Honor Committee. I enjoyed all of the different activities I was able to do at VES and used these opportunities to get out of my comfort zone.|
|College Enrolled:||Georgia Tech|
|Home Town, State:||North Hampton, NH|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
An aspect that makes VES unique is the connection between the faculty and the students. Because much of the faculty live on campus, the students have an opportunity to connect with them outside of the classroom which I really enjoyed in my three years at VES.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think I matured a lot as a person during my time at VES and I can definitely say that VES made me a better and more independent person. If I had the opportunity to do high school over again, I would choose to go back to VES for sure. I have been back multiple times since I graduated and it is such a special place for me.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Connect with the day students. There is a great bond between the day students and the boarding students, but i didn't realize how much I missed out on as a day student until I live on dorm for a year. Invite the day students into the world of a boarding student when you can, they will appreciate it.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I can't really pick one thing that i like about the school because i liked almost all of it. The teachers there care so much about not just the students learning the material, but about the students themselves which was a really great thing to experience.The teachers are all very good at what they do and make learning the materials fun while still challenging.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Randolph dorm is the best dorm.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
What i liked most about the academics at VES was the ability to challenge yourself if you wanted to. There were no limits to what classes you were allowed to take, it was up to you to decide and pursue them. Along with all of the standard maths and sciences, there were many electives to chose from as well. In my time there I took classes like Robotics and digital imaging, both of which I really enjoyed.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
VES had every sport someone would be interested in and it was also mandatory to participate in one in each of the three seasons. I liked this aspect a lot because it got everyone outside in the afternoons and was a great way to meet people and make friends. A lot of the sports were very competitive, and the school won a basketball state championship while I was there which was a very cool thing to watch!
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I participated in the spring musical my senior year and I wish I had done it earlier! It was something a lot of people did and those that weren't in it came and watched every year. A lot of the people that participated hadn't done much theater before that and it was a fun relaxed environment and very welcoming to people with less theater experience like myself. The school is currently expanding its arts department during the new building projects so the musical should only get better!
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was just about every extracurricular that I could have wanted at VES. They have lots of different sports to offer, as well as some after school art programs and theater in the fall and spring. There were also many volunteer opportunities both on and off campus. I volunteered at the local hospital with a classmate on the weekend working the information desk for two and a half years while I was there.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
My favorite year of VEs was the one year I lived in the dorms there. The community was fantastic and being able to hang out with friends at all hours of the day was a great experience. A lot of the teachers also lived in apartments attached to the dorms which allowed you to get to know them more when they were on duty in the dorm, making sure everything was going well. Living in the dorm was definitely a good way to prepare for college life away from home because it still had a lot of the structure that we needed in high school.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I really liked the food at VES. I would wake up most mornings to eat breakfast which was a great way to start the day. Since I left, there has been renovations on the dinning hall and they look really good. For a couple of lunches a week, assigned seating was given which was a great way to eat and connect with people that you may not always eat with. I really liked this because it made the school feel a lot more connected and helped bridge the gaps between the grades a lot.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
I lived in Lynchburg for the first two years of attending VES and I really like the town. There is plenty to do and eat within walking distance of the school and the town has everything you could need in it. There is good food all over and the school would often organize trips to some of the different areas of the town on the weekend to explore and see what it had to offer. The area around Lynchburg is beautiful as well. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the James river close by were great for any outdoors type people.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I thought the social life at VES was great. I am still in contact with a lot of my classmates even years after I graduated because of the time we spent together and the quality of people that were at the school. The people at school were definitely one of my favorite parts of attending VES. Between the sports teams, lunches, and living in dorms, I had met so many different people that I may not have without those activities.
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