Get to Know Your Prefects: Nick

1. Why did you choose to attend Ridley College?
My dad and brother attended Ridley, I really liked the kids and the environment, the academics, and sports were great too.

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I am interested in attending University in Ontario/Canada and taking business. I feel well prepared for that, if you try hard it’ll work out. I am considering Western University and U of T and UBC.

3. What are your aspirations for the long-term future (Job, living where, etc.)
I would like to start my own business or I might go to law school and become a lawyer.

 

4. In your opinion, what has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?
I would say my greatest challenge has been balance; hard to balance in the beginning, but once you figure it out, it becomes a lot easier, sports, social, academics, etc. if you work hard and keep trying you find your ‘groove’! Keep an eye on your homework as it’s a school first and foremost.

5. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley? 
My greatest accomplishment has been placing in the lower school talent show (2nd Justin Beiber) and best platoon in cadets.

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6. Do you feel prepared going forward after Ridley?
100%,  Ridley sets you up for greatness. It sets you up for whatever you want to do in life.

7. What is your favourite experience at Ridley (thus far) and your favourite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, etc.)? 
Camp. I love camp every year, I also like the beginning of the year, snake dance, etc. getting to know everyone.

8. What have you learned from your time at Ridley?
I have learned discipline, how to be a responsible role model, how to achieve balance (I struggled with this, but now I have found how to balance).

9. Why should prospective students choose Ridley?
The house system and academics – the harkness tables are really beneficial, discussion based classes give you a lot of chances and opportunities to open up and share thoughts and beliefs in a judgement free area, Ridley is very welcoming.

10. Do you have any advice for prospective students?
Be yourself, create your own legacy, don’t try and be what everyone else is/wants you to be. Be who you want to be and don’t let anything change that. Don’t ever be afraid to show who you are.

Approach everything with an open mind and a positive attitude. Ridley presents us with many different opportunities and situations and you will truly make the most of your Ridley career if you apply that to every aspect of your time at this school.

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Get To Know Your Prefects: Izzy

1. Why did you choose to attend Ridley College?
My family has a long history with Ridley. I am a third generation student and as soon as I stepped on campus for my mother’s reunion I knew that this was my school. I spent the next year convincing my mom to let me come. Ridley really felt like a home, somewhere I could see myself thriving.

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I plan to go to university; my top choices right now would be McMaster or Queens. I want to study science, programs that especially interest me are more interactive ones such as health science at Mac. I definitely think that a more practical approach is better than sitting in lecture halls all the time.

3. What are your aspirations for the long-term future (Job, living where, etc.)?
I would love to be a doctor when I’m older. Either working in the ER or as a family doctor. Of course that could change depending on my residency etc.

4. In your opinion, what has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?
I have struggled to maintain balance in my life. I often feel that it is hard with so many responsibilities to keep track of. I try to make sure that on top of academics and extra curricular involvement I stay healthy and social, because that is life long stuff. Sometimes it’s hard to find ‘me’ time here because we are constantly with other people but that is another priority of mine.

5. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?
Prefectship. To me it confirms that I have made an impact on the school. It’s a confirmation and summary of all the hard work I have put in here. Ridley has made me realize who I am and reach my full potential, knowing that I wouldn’t change what I have done these past three years is an amazing feeling to have.

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6. Do you feel prepared going forward after Ridley?
Yes, all the schools I have visited have made me feel sure that Ridley and especially IB are preparing me well for university.

7. What is your favourite experience at Ridley (thus far) and your favourite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, etc.)?
My favourite experience/memories are just hanging out with my friends on Saturday nights. No matter what we always have a fun time. My favourite part of Ridley is probably Rugby. Our team always feels so close and I love the sport. It’s what I look forward to every year.

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8. What have you learned from your time at Ridley?
To always be open minded to everything. Never judge any person or activity with preconceived notions. If you approach something positively you can make it positive. And if you already have a negative connotation with something, it just might surprise you.

9. Who is a role model for yourself (someone you know, celebrity, etc.)?
My sister is a huge role model in my life. She is so charismatic and loving, She has the biggest heart and is always inclusive. I know she will always be there for me if I need anything.

10. Why should prospective students choose Ridley?
Once you become a part of the Ridley family it will stay with you. You can do/be anything while at Ridley. Our school provides students with so many opportunities and if they are ready to immerse themselves than they will not be disappointed. Ridley is very inclusive and there aren’t cliques or some kind of social hierarchy here that you might find at other high schools. At Ridley you can hangout with whoever you want, you don’t have to stick to a group based off your sport or extra curriculars. To be different is encouraged.

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11. Do you have any advice for prospective students?
Try something new. Don’t miss out on all the opportunities you will have.

Get to Know Your New Prefects: Christian

1. Why did you choose to attend Ridley College?
When I toured, I was looking for a place to play hockey and advance academically, preparing myself for University. Sure, there were some strong choices and a lot of competitive programs. I looked at places like SAC but didn’t like the feeling. When I came to Ridley, everything seemed very welcoming and cozy and I enjoyed that. The layout of the campus and the people seemed very kind. I guess that’s what really made my mind up, just the feeling you get the first time walking across the campus. Especially the Merritt quad.

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2. What are your plans for after Ridley (ex: university/ college/ gap year/ etc., what degree of study, living where, etc.)? 
I definitely want to go to University in the USA, that’s always kind of been the plan. I’m looking especially at a lot of schools in Boston and New York. My priorities are pretty straight in terms of that. I want to do an undergrad in Business and move forward doing international business/entrepreneurship but also continue playing hockey, whether at a D1 or D3 school depending on the possibilities. I might play some junior hockey in Canada or in Europe as well though before university. I’ve grown up in different places around the world so in terms of where I want to end up I guess the best answer is where the best-suited job is for me after university. You never know where life will take you.

3. In your opinion, what has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?
I think the greatest challenge was getting used to living so far away from my family as an international boarder. I only get to see them three times a year, December-March-Summer and it takes a toll on you the first few months. Since then its gotten much better, you make a lot of friendships here. I guess another challenge here is living with everyone, you start to be very accepting because everyone seems to be part of a big family. That’s just the way it is and it makes me happy, but its definitely different than going to school without boarding.

4. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?
Ridley has presented me with so many opportunities. I definitely consider playing on the First Boys Hockey Team a great accomplishment. Academically, surviving my first year of IB definitely feels good when you know you’re doing well in your courses. Becoming a prefect is also right up there with greatest accomplishments, its something I always wanted to be from the first time I got to know some of the prefects in my house, such as Angelo ’13 and Weston ’13. Not to mention guys like Keri ’13 and some of the girls this year like Jackie ’14.

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5. Do you feel prepared going forward after Ridley?
I feel like Ridley has done a great job in helping me feel prepared, it made me realize what has value in my life and what becomes secondary. Boarding has prepared me well for University and I guess the shocks that come along with it will be less now that I attended Ridley. They do a great job here in making you well-rounded people if you take the opportunities.

6. What is your favourite experience at Ridley (thus far) and your favourite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, etc.)?
Some of the roadies with the boys are definitely amongst favorite experiences. You go with a bunch of good friends to do what you love, and in a way it gives you a small break from class (not saying we don’t study on those roadies). I also enjoy the people, the family experience. Over those long-weekends a lot of the boarders do things together in different cities and you make some great memories. It’s definitely the memories you make with the people here that make my favorites. Shout-out to FJ though for his entreating Chapels, he somehow always comes up with something good to say.

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7. What have you learned from your time at Ridley?
Figure it out, and talk to people to help you if you need it. I’ve learned that if you want something you are going to have to go do it for yourself, but others can be very helpful so you should be around people who motivate you. I feel that you learn everyone has to make difficult choices. But being at Ridley helps you make the right choices, and there’s many people who can support you in doing so. Although my personality has stayed the same I’ve learned a lot about myself and am definitely a different person from before with different thoughts and perspectives.

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8. Why should prospective students choose Ridley?
They won’t regret it if they take the opportunities and make long-lasting friendships here. This is a great place to focus on school and sports, and pretty much anything you want to focus on. It’s a great environment, that’s why they should pick it.

9. Do you have any advice for prospective students?
Take charge, and make this the place you want it to be. Make some lasting memories and stay motivated in whatever you do. Do what you enjoy here and if you take the opportunities you won’t regret coming here.

Get to Know Your New Prefects: Helen

1. Why did you choose to attend Ridley College?
I chose Ridley because of the tight-knit community. When I came to Ridley to tour, I immediately felt connected with the school. I felt welcomed.

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2. What are your plans for after Ridley (ex: university/ college/ gap year/ etc., what degree of study, living where, etc.)? 
After Ridley, I plan to attend a university in the states. I am really interested in achieving a business degree. I love New England, so that is where I want to be after Ridley.

3. In your opinion, what has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?
My greatest challenge at Ridley thus far is trying to not be social when I need to work. To frame it better, dealing with time-management. Ridley is very rigorous and structured, but you always have time for your friends. For me, it is the amount of time I give to my friends.

4. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?
My greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley would be becoming the person I am today. I have changed immensely from my grade 9 year. I took opportunities that were completely out of my comfort zone, tried new sports and traveled to different countries through Ridley.

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5. Do you feel prepared going forward after Ridley? 
I am so excited to see what happens after Ridley, especially going into University. Ridley has 100% prepared me for my future. Ridley has given me all the tools to succeed in life.

6. What is your favourite experience at Ridley (thus far) and your favourite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, etc.)? 
My favorite experience at Ridley so far was the basketball game my grade 9 year. I have never seen so much spirit at a school, especially for a high school. It is incredible to see a school come together to support each other. My favorite part of Ridley has to be chapel. Our chaplain, FJ, always gives these amazing lectures that you think about for the rest of the day or week. They stick with you and they are relatable to our lives. With every lecture, he makes you look at each experience you have with a different perspective.

7. What have you learned from your time at Ridley? 
From my time at Ridley, I have learned to be open-minded. There are so many different countries represented at Ridley. Ridley teaches you to accept different cultures while also learning about them.

8. Who is a role model for yourself (someone you know, celebrity, etc.)?         My role model is my dad. My dad went to Ridley and graduated in 1982. He has excelled in university and in life with the having the foundation of Ridley. He is my biggest supporter and my #1 fan. He gives me guidance and is always there if I need to vent. My dad is extremely motivated and is all about the detail.

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9. Why should prospective students choose Ridley? 
Prospective students should choose Ridley because Ridley shapes you into the best person you could be. From our academics, athletics, extra curricular and relationships you make, Ridley helps you shape yourself into the person you want to be. Ridley has made me excel in everything I do and would make any student excel.  I have made great friends. The teachers at Ridley really do care about us. They want to help us succeed and never want to see us fail.

 

 

Get to Know the Ridley College Faculty: Ms. Anne Kubu, Manager of Communications

Ms. Kubu is the Manager of Communications at Ridley College.  Be sure to smile when you see Ms. Kubu – you will see her around campus taking pictures at all Ridley events, but that is just one facet of her job, she also produces Ridley publications such as the Parent/Student handbook, the Ridley Tiger and calendar just to name a few.  Her creative work can be seen all around campus from the hockey timeline in the new arena to posters and pictures. She also runs the equestrian activity and helps with the Tiger Post.

1. What did you go to school for? Why did you pursue this?
I took graphic design at Sheridan College. I had a talent for drawing as a child and my parents encouraged me to take art classes. Most of my artwork from the age of 9 to 13 was of horses but I eventually branched out.

2. Did you have any interesting  jobs before coming to Ridley?
I planted Poinsettia cuttings for a short while one summer when I was 16. The greenhouse humidity and the early morning start was not to my liking. For three summers I was a lifeguard. I also sold cameras in a department store while I was in high school.

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3. What do you teach/coach/involved in at Ridley College and why do you love it?                                       I really like my job because it is never the same. Every year I get to meet a new crop of students through the Tiger Post or the equestrian activity I run. I love attending alumni events as well – learning about Ridley in the past is so interesting.

4. What is your passion? What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am the Chairman for a “friends group” at a local provincial park – the Short Hills. I have deep concerns about the loss of natural areas and am committed to making those close to urban areas accessible to all while protecting the habitat (spoiler alert!: Ms. Kubu wrote an article about the flora and fauna of Ridley College in the summer edition of the Ridley Tiger – due out in September – interesting read!). I am also a supporter of the United Way and am on their Women’s Leadership Council. I practice Vinyasa yoga, box and ride horses for other people – I owned horses for 30 years and now enjoy not having the monetary and time commitment of ownership. I also have a CFL lineman in the family – so I attend many Hamilton Ti-Cat Football games.

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5. What do you love most about Ridley?           The people I work with. I have worked here for 19 years and I consider the folks in development and communications part of my family.

6. What is your favourite place to go in the Niagara Region? (Restaurant, tourist spot, any place!)
The Short Hills – nothing like a brisk hike or ride to take the stress of the day away. I try to go to the St. Catharines Market or the Welland Market each Saturday all year round.

7. Do you have any funny stories about your time at Ridley?
I have tons of stories! I have participated in many pranks, especially in the summer months when the students are not here. I do remember my first year (1995!!!!) when I came to work one morning and turned on my computer. Over the next few hours’ random words came from my desktop speakers in a voice that sounded strangely like mine. It turned out that two of my former colleagues installed a program called Parrot that recorded sounds in my office for the first 15 minutes after start-up. Those sounds and me talking to myself were then repeated every so often. I figured it out eventually.

Get to Know Your New Prefects: McRid W.

McRid is from China and as you may have guessed his given name is not McRid.  When McRid came to Ridley College he found that many people could not pronounce his given name, so he decided to create a name from two things he loves McDonald’s and Ridley! We are flattered!! McRid is a senior student who will be a Prefect beginning in September.

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1. Why did you choose Ridley over other schools?
I chose Ridley after being interviewed by Dr. Weller, he had handouts from Ridley and as I looked them over I found that the design and pictures were very welcoming and comforting, I also liked hearing about the basketball program. After coming here I realized I made a good choice, there is an international culture, the atmosphere is very open-minded, very welcoming and comforting. The boarding experience with the houses, spirit, mascots, etc. is like Hogwarts – it’s amazing! I also like the long history of traditions, it is neat being a part of a tradition/history. In China many schools are 20-40 years, Ridley is turning 125!

2. Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?
Not at first, coming to Ridely was like a blank page, I didn’t know anyone at all. I had never been to Canada and I came directly to Ridely. However, I felt prepared in other ways I was a 5 day boarding student so I was familiar with boarding life, I had been boarding since Grade 7. I love winter and snow, so that did not bother me.

3. What are your plans for after Ridley (ex: university/ college/ gap year/ etc., what degree of study, living where, etc.)?
I will most likely end up in the United States or Ontario. I would like to study psychology and film.

4. In your opinion, what has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?
I think time management has been my greatest challenge, you realize there are so many opportunities and good stuff going on, meeting new people, but you need to make time for studying.

5. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?
My greatest accomplishment at Ridley has been being selected as a prefect, I feel good about myself for knowing the school well and the people in it, present and past. I have also been on two service trips (el Salvador and China).

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6. Do you feel prepared going forward after Ridley?
I feel very prepared academically, and socially.

7. What is your favourite experience at Ridley (thus far) and your favourite part of Ridley? 
My favourite part about Ridley is making friends, boarding life, speaking English with everyone no matter where they’re from, spirit nights (sports), service trips. My favourite experience is camp, there are so many friends made there and it’s just fun, no work. There are also a lot of opportunities for community service long weekends, etc. so many chances to serve.

8. What have you learned from your time at Ridley?
There are too many things to say, 2.5 years made me who I am right now. Academically, Ridley offers a variety of courses that always hit on your interests with fascinating facts. As a person,  I’m more developed, independent, and well-rounded. I have time management skills and socialize with people, and know how to fit into new environments, I have learned how to break barriers.  There are many challenges that you can overcome and opportunities that come from stepping out of your comfort zone. I have also learned how to deal with problems. I had never heard of rugby, but I stepped up and played it for two years in a row (really enjoyed it), I was rookie of the year last year.

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9. Who is a role model for yourself (someone you know, celebrity, etc.)?
In terms of sport, Kevin Garnett, he is very focused, dedicated, and hardworking. Past prefects Norman, Weston, Jesus, etc. I looked up to them a lot and learned a lot from them. I am following in their footsteps. Fellow Ridleans are role models too because I always learn from everyone and see their strength and good aspects. I am always learning/developing from them.

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10. Why should prospective students choose Ridley? 
Lots of students and prospective students feel the costs are very high, but the cost is nothing compared to knowledge, experience, etc. you gain from being here. They change you in a much deeper way here. It is an investment in the future that will pay all the way in the future. My first time here was Grade 9 third term, I decided to come back because I built very strong school spirit and loyalty to sports, people, etc. representing your school. I am rooted in this school, it is my home away from home now. Ridley has influenced and changed me a lot and I am very thankful for that.

11. Do you have any advice for prospective students? 
When you come here be open-minded and seize as many opportunities as possible, make good friends and smart decisions, learn to respect and appreciate things here, you have to learn to appreciate everything. Be ready to have your life changed, and be ready to appreciate it.

Get to Know Your New Prefects: Lydia S.

1.  Why did you choose to attend Ridley College?
I chose Ridley because is unlike any other school, the focus is not strictly on academics, or athletics. I saw Ridley as a school that made sure its students were well balanced and involved in multiple activities, community service, while still prioritizing their studies.

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2. Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?
I believe I was prepared coming into Ridley. Prior to coming, I was in contact with a Grade 12 in my house who answered all my questions and gave me tips for the first couple of days. I was nervous and I felt lonely as most people do when entering a new school, but with this contact I made before, I knew I had someone I could go to for advice and it made me feel a lot for secure and prepared.

3. What are your plans for after Ridley (ex: university/ college/ gap year/ etc., what degree of study, living where, etc.)? 
After Ridley I hope to attend university either in America or Canada, while playing competitive hockey. Currently I would like to go into the medical field either human or animal sciences.

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4. What are your aspirations for the long-term future?
In the long-term future I can see myself living in Canada, maybe back on Prince Edward Island or somewhere also rural. I would like to be in a profession in medicine, perhaps a doctor or a veterinarian.

5. In your opinion, what has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?
My greatest challenge thus far at Ridley would probably be adjusting to life away from home. Being miles away from my family, and my friends was hard. There were many times where I wished I could just go back home. However, I am thankful that I never gave into my homesickness. Being at Ridley was a challenge at first but I managed to adapt and I made friends with people who soon became like my family, and I was given many opportunities that I would never have gotten elsewhere. Now Ridley has become a second home and I never feel out of place.

6. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley? 
I believe my greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley would be having the privilege of being named a prefect for the upcoming school year. This is one of Ridley’s most prestigious titles and comes with great responsibility. I was honored to accept this role and take the challenge.

7. Do you feel prepared going forward after Ridley? 
I believe Ridley has prepared me greatly for the future. Being a boarding student away from home, I have gained experience as to what it will be like attending post secondary schooling also away from home. The education received at Ridley is also better than what I would receive at my old high school so I feel ready academically.

8. What is your favourite experience at Ridley (thus far) and your favourite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, etc.)?
My favorite part about Ridley would be the hockey. I am on the first girl’s hockey team and have had some of the best experiences with my team. When first attending Ridley in Grade 10 I was nervous and I wanted to make new friends. This proved to be much easier as the girls on my team quickly became like family and we meshed well on and off the ice. Being apart of this competitive team add to my Ridley experience by giving me a sense of belonging and tight friendship.

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10. What have you learned from your time at Ridley? 
I have learned to take ever opportunity you are given and use it to make your Ridley experience memorable. Most people attend Ridley for only a couple years, and one does not even realize how fast these years go by. The best times of your life will be made in high school and Ridley has taught me to make the most out of this limited time and take everything in with a smile.

11. What would you tell a prospective students about Ridley?
I would tell them that Ridley is so diverse and accepting that everyone feels safe within the gates. The campus feel is so friendly and close that everyone knows everyone. It is never quiet or boring at Ridley! There is always something to do or an event to partake in. The Ridley experience is one that is memorable and worth it!

 12. Do you have any advice for prospective students?
The advice that I would give to prospective students is if you choose to attend, do everything you can to get involved. Try something new, join a sports team, or try out for the play! Ridley gives so many opportunities to its students and I would say that you should capitalize on it. By being involved in community service, athletics, the arts or anything else you allow yourself to make new friends, discover something about yourself or make a change in someone else’s life! This is what Ridley is about, making memories, making a change and having a great overall experience.