Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory - Review #2

Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory
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About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Detroit
Home Town, State (Country) Farmington Hills, MI
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I played four years of football, baseball and basketball. I was a member of the National Honor Society and the Senior Class President.

Reflections and Advice:

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.

Academics:

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.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
We had and have excellent athletics programs, we have won numerous state championships in baseball, basketball, crew, football, hockey, lacrosse and track.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
we have a music and band program, but i was not involved in those programs. We have students that have performed in the plays in the all girl schools in our area.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

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.

Dorm Life:

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.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
We had a variety of foods to choose from and there was always more than enough to eat. Some of athletes burned a lot of calories and it was nice to know that we would have more than enough food to eat.

Social and Town Life:

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
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  • 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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