Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory - Review #1

Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Connecticut
Home Town, State (Country) Qingdao, none
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School I was in school soccer varsity team, and I played as a center role, which connects attack and defense to make strategical move as well. I was in school debate varsity team, which I wrote a lot of thesis statement and went out to compete with other schools as well. I was also in the Ice Hockey team, which is one of my favorite sports that I always passionate about.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 home". Each of teacher are really care about every single students, and they always go above and beyond to help students to not only improve academics but also in life as well. While I was at school, I had so many opportunities to out to involve in American culture, and school provides excellent services to help us transit smoothly from Chinese culture to American.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I definitely think the dorm life and activities were the most fun part, and that leaves me some great memory. I can tell that I grow up a lot within the 2 years at St. Mary's, and I was impressed that how the life here changed me.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I was pretty shy once I got here, therefore, my advice is definitely go out and talk with others. The more you talk, you engage in the activities here, the quicker you will learn. The most important tip is, never be shy to ask questions, because you have to let the teachers know if you need help. Don't ever pretend you know something if you are not sure about.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I really like the teachers and the dorm life, I remember that I transformed from a lazy boy to a more self-disciplinary young man. I think the strict schedule also helped me to be wise when comes to time management. And I love the environment here as well, where I feel very comfortable to try to challenge things. The teachers will always guide me to the right direction, and also inspire me.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I love to walk by the beautiful orchard lake any time you feel stressed out, and you will feel great to hug the breeze of the lake.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Each of teacher at St. Mary's very care each of the students, they always go above and beyond to help students in every perspectives. As an international student, I struggled the first few months due to the language proficiency. But all of my teachers contributed a lot of efforts trying to talk me through, which I am very impressed and appreciate. Teachers are very nice and patient, and they love you to have questions. At here, I feel very comfortable to ask anything that I was curious about, and the teachers always give me the best answers that totally solves my concern.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I had countless memory in the athletics, not only because I was a player of soccer and hockey team, but also the involvement with the atmosphere left me a lot precious memories. The training was mandatory for everyday, and I had great opportunities to practice and exercise; which I don't have before I came here. I also met many great friends from the athletics team, and they all helped me a lot through my most difficult time. Meanwhile, the students here are very nice too, and most of them are also curious about the how the other country's life look like.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
We had a few opportunities to have exposure of arts and music, which also serves as great opportunity that the school provides. I am not a huge art guy, but I heard from my friends that they do love the music program which helped them keep building up the music talent.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school and dorm always provides

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorm life was the most significant memory for me. The dorm advisors are very professional and care each of the students. They are very passionate about what they are doing, and they just love to help international students. I had great time with the dorm advisors, and we do keep in touch after years just like friends. They helped us to transit smoothly from a different culture to American, which made us feel St. Mary's is a "home away from home". They always trying to come out new activities that could enrich our life, and they do care our detailed matters in life as well. They are happy when seeing our improvements, and I felt they are my older brothers who will always take care of us.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The school provide 3 meals with great balance of vegetables, meat, proteins, drinks, and salads. Generally speaking, the meals are pretty good basically are classic "cafeteria food". Sometimes they do also have some special surprises as well.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The surround area is very beautiful and the town is one of the richest town in America. We have many lakes surround us which provides great views. There are far more than enough supermarkets and foods in the town, but only need a little bit of commute. But the dorm advisor always take us to go out and explore stores nearby.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
In the school, most of the students are very social, and they do like to make new friends as well. We don't have a lot social activities, but there are some opportunities out there as well.

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