Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory - Review #2
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||1977-1981|
|Sports and Activities:||I played four years of football, baseball and basketball. I was a member of the National Honor Society and the Senior Class President.|
|College Enrolled:||University of Detroit|
|Home Town, State:||Farmington Hills, MI|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
I think the volunteer work that all students and faculty perform allow the students to experience hands on how they can make a difference and also to see others that are less fortunate then our students.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I learned a great deal about life, especially on a spiritual level. Our campus is on the lake and it offers many locations to enjoy quiet and tranquility. I had the opportunity to grow up in a hurry and get ready for adult life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have spent more time enjoying the campus surroundings, I appreciate the campus more when we get together for our reunion.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The quality of education and athletics were great, but the friendships and camaraderie were the best.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I recommend St. Mary's Preparatory to all of my friends and to the students, that I see attending St. Mary's, i tell them to enjoy the surroundings they are awesome, spend as much time outside your dorm room, on the lake, at the Grotto, in Chapel on the outdoor baseball courts, etc.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The academics were stringent and prepared me for my college years, in addition we were allowed to take college classes while we attended St. Mary's Preparatory and we earned college credit hours that we could transfer to our university that we attended.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
we have numerous student organizations that meet all of the needs of our students, such as debate, forensics, robotics, Squires, Athletes for Christ, food and clothing drives, etc.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the idea of living away from home and being independent. It allowed my to get prepared for college life from doing doing my own laundry to disciplining my self to study, it made me ready for my future studies.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
It was a very small town, but we enjoyed going to the movies and walking to town to get fast food for a change.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Because we were all away from home, we built a strong bond and brotherhood. I am happy to say that we stood up in each other's weddings, became God-Fathers for our classmates children. Some of us still get together every year at the school on alumni weekend to catch-up and reminisce.
Alumni Reviews Review School
- Review Description
- University of Connecticut The boarding program at our school are very distinguished, dorm advisors are always trying to provide more activities to enrich our life. As an international student, I feel St. Mary's is a "home away from. . .
- University of Detroit I think the volunteer work that all students and faculty perform allow the students to experience hands on how they can make a difference and also to see others that are less fortunate then our. . .
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