While I was at St. Paul's I participated in many of the club sports (club soccer and club hockey) as well as playing JV Baseball, and JV Football. Additionally, I was the MISH and ECO House Representative for my dorm (Manville). This position required that I provide my peers and house-mates with information about how they could best get involved in the Concord community as well as ensuring that dorm-life was environmentally friendly (shutting lights off, not leaving water running, recycling whenever possible, etc.)
St. Paul's was unique in that it was 100% boarding. Attending a school where absolutely all of the students (and the majority of the staff) reside on the same campus for the entire academic year builds a community of trust, love, and unity. That sense of unity shone through with the large student presence at athletic games and events, theatre productions, dance recitals, and orchestral symphonies as well.Another unique aspect about SPS was morning chapel. Morning chapel was four times a week (Mon. Tue. Thur. Fri.) and students and staff would meet before classes to discuss current events, go over weekly announcements, and listen to guest and student speakers. Many Seniors would take this opportunity to reflect on their past four years as a student and how they have changed as a person. Others would take this chance to discuss changes they would like to see made at the institution and ways of implementing that change. Chapel would always wrap up with the students singing hymnals and commonly reciting the school prayer.
What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think the best thing that happened to me at SPS was that I was able to challenge myself in different academic fields and truly discover what interested/motivated me scholastically, and career-wise. I think the fact that we can pick and choose from so many different classes aids students in their quest for self, as it certainly led me towards discovering what I truly like and don't like. I learned that science isn't something I'm necessarily interested in, while I am totally down for the Humanities.
What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would have been more open and outgoing. In college I had a much easier time transitioning and finding myself in the community (probably thanks to all that I had learned and experienced at SPS), but I wish I had truly landed with my feet running at SPS. My advice would be to challenge yourself to try out new things and don't be afraid to put yourself out there; the community is so welcoming, especially to people that they see are willing to make themselves vulnerable and reveal their true personality and spirit, that they'll undoubtedly embrace you with open arms.
What did you like most about your school?
I liked everything about St. Paul's, and I wouldn't want to repeat my high school experience at any other school. SPS even sent me on a trip to Athens, Greece, which is an experience I doubt I would have had the chance to have at another school. I think the people, the academics, and the experience that SPS has to offer make it such a special place, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to challenge themselves mentally and scholastically.