Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
Favorite Class/Team/Club/Activity: My favorite thing to do at St. Andrew’s was sing in the Noxontones. I joined the group my sophomore year and it was something I looked forward to each week. It was my favorite activity because of the challenge it provided. Getting all the notes right and then blending them all together as a large group was so satisfying and a feeling that I didn’t find elsewhere at school. Being in Noxontones taught me to trust my peers and engage with people who I didn’t necessarily interact with otherwise. It was a huge learning experience and something that I already miss.
What I miss the most Due to Virtual Term: There are so many things I miss about St. Andrew’s right now. I miss my class, my friends, the campus, the pond, and every single spring activity. There is nothing like spring at St. Andrew’s. Spring defines the culture of the school. The sense of community that St. Andrew’s provides would not be the same without the Front Lawn and the pond. In the spring, every weekend is an adventure, with activities like hiking the trails, swimming in the pond, camping, four square, exploring campus, and countless other things. There is really no way to describe why the spring is so special, but it completes the St. Andrew’s experience. Not being able to share all of the amazing events that spring holds with my class this year is for sure what I’m missing most about St. Andrew’s.
Advice to Underclassmen & Future Students: To the underclassmen and future St. Andrew’s students, I would say to cherish the relationships you have with the faculty. It is something that I definitely took for granted while I was at school. Most colleges do not offer the same intimate classroom setting and mentorship that our student-faculty dynamic provides. These relationships turned me into the person I am today. I would not have the resources and motivation that I have now if I hadn’t had the faculty at St. Andrew’s to guide me. These faculty are teachers, mentors, advisors, coaches, dorm parents, and role models, and they will continue to support you all throughout your life. Appreciate them while you are living on campus with them and it will make all the difference later.