Blue Ridge School - Review #6
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1983-1986|
|Sports and Activities:||Mountain biking , rock climbing, skiing, cave exploring, baseball (captain), soccer (captain), wrestling, lacrosse , tennis & prefect.|
|College Enrolled:||Davis & Elkins|
|Home Town, State:||Long Beach, CA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Blue Ridge is nestled into the Blue Ridge Mountains offering all sorts of outdoor activities.as well we are about 20 minutes from one of the most beautiful colleges Univ. of Virginia.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
My experience at Blue Ridge is one that I haven't forgotten even 30 years later. It taught me so many things such as how to handle responsibility, be accountable and how to develop and maintain a work ethic. I was awarded all prep in my Junior and Senior year for soccer, as well I was a standout baseball player and wrestler. These things have suited me well in my life as I coach a very high level of soccer with my daughter and I have the ability to work wit 5 year olds teaching them the fun aspects of soccer.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wouldn't have done anything differently because what I did when I got there Is to take it seriously and to focus on why I am there. My advice is to prepare yourself and be ready to work hard but don't forget to have fun , never let the fun supersede the work needed to be successful though.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Everything , all aspects of the school for me worked hand in hand with each other. Thus making it a very enjoyable experience for me and the countless others in my class.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Just come to Blue Ridge ready to work and also take full advantage of all the opportunities that will be available to you . There is so much to learn at Blue Ridge , don't miss out on this once in a lifetime experience.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics were very challenging , really preparing you for what is next in college. What I liked is how you were able to have individualized attention when you struggled or didn't understand certain aspects of a course. Teachers were all very good and well educated, class sizes were very small so it allowed myself and others to pay close attention.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics were my favorite aspect of Blue Ridge , we were and are highly competitive in all sports winning numerous titles and always in the hunt for more. You were supposed to participate in some sport which I think is great because if you didn't you would just sit around, the facilities are world class and the coaches typically are very strong and able to teach and coach at a high level. Blue Ridge offers numerous sports from Baseball to equestrian.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
We did all sorts of things from adopting a highway to working with the community at large running camps for various things from sports to drama. There was always something to do extracurricularly.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life was always fun , we would all hang out listening to music , talking sports and about the girls schools . Having a roommate was cool as well because you develop a unique bond and friendship with that person. I am still in contact with the 2 roommates I had while I was there. We always had plenty of snack food and the rooms were just big enough for 2 people without feeling cramped.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
With what I remember the food selection was always adequate and the dining area was always open with plenty of space to sit. We didn't have assigned seating and the cafeteria hours were suitable to come back and get a hot chocolate or fruit.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Not much going on in the town where Blue Ridge is located so we would go into Charlottesville and go to the malls, movies , hang out on UVA campus etc.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
We were able to go to dances at other girls schools , hang out on the weekend , take weekend passes with friends , etc. there was always something to do in a social atmosphere.
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