Recent Graduates Share their Ridley Experience: Cosmo Steier ’14

Before our seniors graduated our summer student and Old Ridleian Nicholas ’12 interviewed a few of them about their Ridley experience. In this interview he spoke to Canadian student Cosmo Steier. Cosmo was a prefect, a member of the first graduating International Baccalaureate Diploma Progamme class and is a part of the Ridley Rowing mens quad. His crew won both the Quad at Stotesbury and the Coxed-four at US Schoolboy, they made history by winning both events at the Canadian Schoolboy Regatta with the same four athletes—completing their Triple Crown and maintaining their undefeated streak. He is currently in Germany training for the English Henley Regatta.

1. Where is your favourite place to study (preferably on campus)?

I like to study in the Matthews Library, I find no better place to work than the place dedicated to working!

2. What is the greatest memory of this past year?

Rowing. The way my crew and I have bonded and fought for each other is remarkable. Winning Stotesbury was just the cherry on top of an excellent year.

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3. What you think you will miss the most?

The routine. Ridley has been such a big part of my life for the past 8 years, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I love the busyness of the schedule and how it pushes the students/faculty to be on top of their game, at all times

4. Who is your favourite faculty member?

Dr. Baird. He taught me in sixth grade, and again in eleventh and twelfth, and I think he’s a fantastic teacher. Not only is he incredibly intelligent, he is great at sharing his knowledge and explaining what he means. I have enjoyed his class, and other than being a Cowboys fan, I think Dr. Baird is an excellent man and teacher!

5. What have you learnt from your time at Ridley?

Dedication. Ridley is an incredibly busy place, as it makes you run from A to B to C while trying to complete D in the middle. That being said, I love the busyness and how we are pushed to our limits during the school year. I believe people perform at the best when put under pressure, it enables them to rise to the occasion.

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6. Can you share a quote (yours or otherwise) about any aspect of Ridley/ life at Ridley (ex: academics, art, buildings, duty, history, passion, etc.)?

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright. Sums up Ridley; if you work hard and are relentless, you will see success.

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