Virginia Episcopal School - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2015-2019|
|Sports and Activities:||I am a firm believer in the fact that without VES athletics, I would not be a dual sport college athlete. Both field hockey and lacrosse at VES allowed me to excel and grow in ways I didn't think were possible. I was a captain of field hockey my junior and senior year and was a lacrosse captain my senior year. I was a junior residential assistant, a senior counselor, and a member of the Honor Committee.|
|College Enrolled:||Sewanee The University of the South|
|Home Town, State:||Jacksonville, NC|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 return they feel comfortable asking me for help. This relationship has encouraged me to one day return to VES and teach.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I changed a lot while enrolled in VES. I had some high highs and low lows, but came out the other end a new person. I was more confident to speak in front of people, and in fact loved doing it. I had such a love and appreciation for this school that I don't think I had before.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish I had gotten to know more people my freshman and sophomore year. My junior and senior year I knew almost everyone on campus and it felt so good to know that you not only have your friend group there to fall back on, but a whole community. My advice to those going to boarding school is just to throw yourself out there. Especially if going to VES, being different and weird is cool. If you just let go and be yourself, school will be easier for you.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I loved the community at my school. VES isn't the school itself, but rather the people who make it. VES means different things to different people depending on who was there. For me, VES means home and family. Everyone who was there when I was feels like my family and I know that when I drive down VES road and turn into the King Parking Lot that I'm home.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
When you have a free period and there's nice weather, sit on box to do your homework. It's so much nicer and you really get a break from school work. Casey in the bookstore is definitely someone you need to meet, and get close to her. She's by far the backbone of this school. Take advantage of your free time, you'll look back and regret spending all of your free time curled up in your room for hours.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked how the teachers made learning interesting and easier. I had teachers who let us use our creativity, especially in one of my english classes when we wrote about a personal experience with themes from another book. We then took this story and bound it together, made front and back covers, and made an actual book. On the other side of the spectrum, I love how teachers did everything in their power to help you. I had a teacher look up ways to test better and helped me learn how to properly answer and navigate through AP style questions.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics at VES are great stress relievers. The coaching that I've had at this school is beyond amazing and helped me fall in love with the sport and therefore continue playing in college. I would say that equality between all sports doesn't exist. Certain sports get more highlights and attention than others, however I see how winning sports will get more applause.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I never was involved in the arts but what I saw from a bystander point, everything was executed beyond perfect. The school community as a whole loves the art department and enjoy seeing what they have to show!
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love how at VES, a lot of the extracurricular activities are led and carried out by students. My lacrosse team hosts a mini tournament with local team called Lax4Alzheimers and all proceeds go to Alzheimers research. My good friend reached out to a local food distribution activity and created opportunities for students to go and help pack meals for underprivileged children.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is amazing at VES. They almost always get the roommate selection spot on. Freshman year you fill out a survey and they pair you with a roommate, but from then on you get to pick your roommates. The rules start off fairly strict freshman year but they grant you more and more freedoms as you get older. The bonds made on dorm are unlike any other bonds.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The school makes sure to provide transportation for boarding students to get out into town over the weekends, but the main source of boarding students freedom are day students. We usually went to a day student friend and went to get a meal downtown.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
It's like one giant family dynamic at school. There's no grade division, no gender division, and no race division. Everyone at VES knows everyone and for the most part we all love each other. Leaving this community was one of the most painful things I've had to do so far. Most of them are brothers and sisters in my mind and I think that shows the close knit feeling on campus.
|7:30 AM||wake up|
|7:30 PM||sign in on dorm|
|7:45 PM||study hall|
|11:00 PM||in room|
|11:30 PM||lights out|
|9:30 AM||wake up and eat breakfast in dining hall|
|11:30 AM||brunch in dining hall|
|1:00 PM||target trip|
|3:00 PM||club lacrosse practice|
|8:00 PM||movie on box plaza|
|11:30 PM||on dorm|
|12:00 PM||in room|
|12:15 PM||lights out|
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- 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. . .
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- 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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