Virginia Episcopal School - Review #2
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2017-2018|
|Sports and Activities:||Varsity Football, Varsity Swimming, Varsity Golf. Counselor (RA), Student Council. Alpha Order (Giving tours).|
|College Enrolled:||Wake Forest University|
|Home Town, State:||Lynchburg, VA|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The faculty/student interactions are like no other. I would regularly "hang out" with my teachers, go to dinner with them, etc. They are much more than teachers and fully devote themselves to the students. I think something like 80-90% of the faculty actually live on campus. Also, for such a small school (60-70 each class), the school is extremely diverse. Some of my best friends were from Canada, England, Korea, ...and more. Unique having the day student/boarding experience so boarders always have the option to go off campus if needed.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Opened me up as a person, much more comfortable in general. Met some of my best friends. Challenged me academically but also just molded me into a much better person than I was going into VES.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Trust what's going on and show up to every event with an open mind. It's easy when you start to want to just hide and do your own thing but the school offers so much that's its hard to pass up on.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The people. Such a good group of people from all over that I got really close with and still keep in touch with.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Box Plaza is always a social spot in the warmer seasons and Zimmer in the winter. Also have to check out the brand new Basement and Theater, two of the coolest spots on campus.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Challenging but prepared me well for college. First semester of college was almost all repeated high school info and was a breeze. Obviously teacher interactions are like no other with the small class size and really want to see students succeed. Very competitive.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Lots of extracurriculars. I was involved in a variety of things, some as simple as the "rubix cube club". The school keeps everyone extremely busy to keep students out of trouble and do a great job with it.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Very nice food. TONS of options. Usually a main meal that switches everyday (with sides and such) and then always a sandwich station, salad bar (premade salads too), premade sandwiches, fried rice station, waffle bar, fruit bar.... there's a lot, and they keep it very healthy (except an occasional chicken nugget day). Dinner is a bit on the earlier side but not too much of an issue.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Lynchburg has shot up recently with restaurants and has become more lively. Busses regularly go around town dropping kids off and also the popular Target bus on the weekends. Also easy to go to day students houses to hang as usually everyone is pretty tight.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
RA's host events every Friday. Dances are held in very nice local venues. Again, the school keeps the students very busy. Inclusive environment and mostly everyone gets to know each other and does well socially. Felt comfortable sitting out on Box Plaza and having a conversation with anyone.
Alumni Reviews Review School
- Review Description
- Sewanee The University of the South The relationship formed between faculty and students is one that nobody who doesn't go to VES will understand. I feel more than comfortable to go to faculty with my struggles and get advice, and in. . .
- Wake Forest University The faculty/student interactions are like no other. I would regularly "hang out" with my teachers, go to dinner with them, etc. They are much more than teachers and fully devote themselves to the students. I. . .
- University of California, Santa Barbara 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. . .
Several things make boarding school special. The learning, the community, the sports. All these and more.
A private school in its infancy is quite different from the mature community it becomes over time. I wonder what the founders of these five schools would think about them today. I bet they would be very proud of their creations.
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