Virginia Episcopal School - Review #3
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2011-2015|
|Sports and Activities:||JV Volleyball (2yrs), Varsity Swimming (4yrs), Varsity Soccer (4yrs), Outdoor Club (1yr), Cross OCuntry (1yr), School Musical (3yrs), Basia Librum (4yrs- President), Quiz Bowl (3yrs), Big Sib Little Sib (2yrs), Model OAS (1yr), VES Math Club (1yr), TEAMS Engineering Competition (1yr- won 1st place), Creator of Annual Book Swap, Bishop Ambassador (4yrs), Counselor.|
|College Enrolled:||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Home Town, State:||Mexico City, CA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
What I valued most about VES was the small community that was formed between students and faculty. Our teachers became our friends, and I don't think this type of community can be found anywhere else. All the teachers were there to help us, even if out problem had nothing to do with their area of expertise. We knew we could email, text, go to their office, or even go to their house and knock on their door if we ever needed anything. Also, the teachers and their families would attend school activities which made VES seem that much more of a family. We got to know their kids, and sometimes even babysat for them for community service hours.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The best thing that happened to me at boarding school was that all these students and faculty became you family away form home. I didn't matter which grade you were is as everyone got along with each other and there were no barriers between age groups. I believe that the connections I made at VES will last me a lifetime and I am so thankful for that. I am so glad to have met people from so many different states and countries and I know that if i ever find myself in South Carolina, Germany, Argentina, Texas, North Carolina, Korea, China, I know who to call.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I think that what I would have done differently is that I should have become closer with people from my grade in the beginning. When I first arrived, nearly all my friends were Seniors and by the time they graduated, I had to start again and form new friendships within my class. I regret this because some of the best friendships I made were with my class during the end of sophomore year and the beginning of junior year. What I recommend is to meet an many people as possible, be outgoing, and take part in as many after school activities as you can.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the small, tight nit community and how everyone made the most out of their boarding school experience.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Meet as many people as you can. I met some of my best friends a few months before i graduated my senior year and I only wish I could've met the sooner. Also, become best friends with your teachers; they are there for you. Go to as many activities as you can and don't be afraid to dance in the school dances. Go early to lunch as the best food is placed first.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I really liked how all the students took academics seriously and all strived to achieve the best they could. When I first arrived to VES, I didn't really care about my grades, but seeing that everyone studied hard and took their homework seriously, it encouraged me to do the same. This discipline really helped me in college. Also, I can honestly say that my teachers were definitely a great influence in choosing my major as Mr. Watson and Mr. Ross made math class really fun and interesting. My classes were hard and competitive, but rewarding in the end. Even though I was not interested in taking higher level Biology and History, my advisor encouraged me to take AP Bio and APUSH with Dr. Knebel and Mr. Button, and they changed my whole perspective on how I saw these subjects. They were the best teachers I've ever had and I am so grateful that I took their class. Also, teachers like Mrs. Frazier and Mrs. Csatlos really care about their students and basically adopt them as their own. I learned so much from the classes I took at VES that I'll never forget how much they impacted my life, such as Mr. Knebel's AP Comp class where he showed us how to write college essays and get see the cool side of English, Mr. McCormick who dedicated his entire class to understanding Shakespeare and correcting our grammar failures, and Mr. Smith who drilled the format of the DBQ's and FRQ's in our head so we could all pass the APEuro Exam.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
All the sports I was part of were very competitive and being that I am a competitive person, I really enjoyed being part of the teams. My favorite coaches were Mr. Salvia and Mr. Sedlar. They were the toughest coaches I've ever had, but they made my last soccer season the best and most memorable season I had in my whole four years. Also, Mr. Leake was probably the coach that knew me the best. He was my teacher for two years and coached me in six seasons of swimming and soccer. He always expected me to do my best in and out of the classroom and that motivated me to become a better athlete. I have always liked sports so the mandatory participation was never really a problem for me. Most of the students were very excited to be part of a team and no one cared if someone had never tried a sport before or were the best in the team. The teams welcomed all and worked hard to improve every-ones skills.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I think that VES is more of an academic school than a school that is influenced by the arts. However, I took AP Art my senior year, and Mrs. Corieveau really helped me improve my artistic skills and receive a very good score on my final exam. I was also part of the musical for three years and if I compare our theatre program with other schools, VES is not very professional. The main reason why I joined school plays was because my friends were doing the play as well. We would all be part of the chorus and be on stage for three songs throughout the entire play.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I always looked forward for Basia Librum (VES Book Club) because the Knebels would always come up with very fun book topics to discuss and order themed candy that had to do with the subject. Also, I really enjoyed being part of the Counselor body my Senior Year. We all became very close and would try our hardest to make everyone feel welcome and included in all of our activities. For community service, there were many opportunities to help on and off campus. Chaplain White would send emails every week looking for volunteers to help around the Lynchburg community. I was part of the Relay For Life group and Bowling for Kids Sake and I definitely recommend getting involved, they were very fun experiences.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Now that I am in college, I really do miss VES dining hall food. There were lots of choices if we didn't like the hot food of the day. Rice, salads, sandwiches, waffles, and cereal were always available and the desserts were very good. Every month, the dining hall staff would make a cake to celebrate all of the students and faculty's birthdays of that month. Our seated lunch tables were sometimes awkward but other times were very fun. It was a good way to meet other students and talk about things we had in common.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Lynchburg is a very small city but it has many good places for food. The city was very safe and the part where VES is located is very pretty. It was very common to kind someone you knew at a grocery store or at Mi Patron. What i really liked about living in Lynchburg was that were so many places to hike and be around the wilderness, like Panther Falls and the James River.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
All of the students and faculty knew everyone by name and I think that that is something very special from VES. I remember that my friends and I would hang out on Box and talk to anyone that came by. This not only helped me become more outgoing, but I got to meet so many different students from different cultures and backgrounds, which I am still in contact with today. The social life was very healthy and a little distracting when I had to study for tests or do homework as my friends were always around. But after I learned to manage my time better, it all worked out.
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