Student Life Coordinators Ms. Amanda Jennings and Mr. Thomas Polak created goals for each class during this first day. These ranged from simply meeting one another, exploring campus, to developing their leadership ideas and problem solving. As the students discovered, learning does not have to happen just inside the classroom but can be shared anywhere. From team-building activities on-campus, tackling the canopy challenge course at Geneva-On-The-Lake, playing a game of foot golf together, kayaking along the shores of Lake Erie and along the Ashtabula River, to eating lunch as a class, there were many opportunities for students to learn more about one another and create shared experiences.
I helped to lead the Class of 2018 on the first day and was fortunate to experience firsthand the orientation and first week activities. It is exciting for me to see these opportunities because they are the memories and the life lessons that our students will remember far beyond their graduation. The benefit of a boarding school environment allows for the stronger relationships and bonds not only at first between students, but quickly between friends.