WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO ATTEND A BOARDING SCHOOL?
From the beginning, I was on the fence about whether I should board or go to a day school. After visiting many day and boarding schools, I realized that boarding school has so much more to offer. I love attending shows such as “The Nutcracker” and “War Horse” at the Kennedy Center on school nights, and the weekend activities are great! Any given weekend, I might go on a trip to a local amusement park, shop in D.C., or watch a hypnotist on campus. Boarding also allows me to participate in many activities without the stress or time that it takes to commute during the school week. I am a dancer, and before I came to EHS, I spent hours every week riding to and from dance class. Now I dance every day at Episcopal without spending hours commuting. The time that I used to spend in the car, I now spend doing homework or simply enjoying quality time with my friends.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND EHS?
There were so many reasons! Overall, it simply seemed like a fun place to be. With the School’s location, there is always something to do and never a dull moment. Every weekend I have many activities to choose from, whether it’s Cirque du Soleil, a Zumba dance class on campus, or a shuttle ride to the local movie theater. Also, the size and diversity of the student body were both appealing to me. I came from a very small school, so I wanted a larger student population, but I still wanted the close relationships with my teachers that I had at my middle school. EHS is not too big, nor too small. It’s perfect! I also have had the chance to make friends with people from all over the world. I am learning about other cultures everyday just by spending time with my friends.
HOW HAS EHS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE?
The School has taught me the rewards that result from hard work and staying focused. I’ve learned to enjoy the moment. If I am hanging out with my friends, I enjoy the time I have with them and don’t worry about homework or anything else. On the flip side, if I’m studying, I focus on my work so I can get the most out of it. I know that these lessons will carry me into my life beyond Episcopal.
HOW HAS YOUR DECISION TO ATTEND BOARDING SCHOOL AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PARENTS?
I have always been close with my parents and my sisters. I communicate with them often so that I still am in tune with what is going on in their lives, and they know how I am doing as well. I appreciate the moments I have with them in person more. When we are together, we simply focus on enjoying each other’s company.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF EHS DAILY LIFE?
Dinner. When I think back to the beginning of the year, dinner was when I got to know people. Now dinner is when I get to check in with my friends, laugh, and relax after a busy day. Some days, we stay in the dining hall long after we have finished eating just because it’s fun.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF BY BEING A PART OF THE EHS COMMUNITY?
I have developed a deeper enjoyment and appreciation of learning. In most of my classes, the subjects are truly interesting, and I enjoy the format of my classes. Living here at Episcopal, I am able to better focus on my studies, and I have experienced the rewarding feeling that comes from pushing myself to be the best that I can be.
Spiritually, I have grown, as well. I was a spiritual person before I came to EHS, but working through the challenges of living away from home for the first time has made me appreciate and turn to God more often. Being at Episcopal has taught me to rely on God when it comes to anything big or small, whether it is a week in the woods (and I am not a person who enjoys camping!), a test, a friendship, or an upcoming performance.