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.

9773074313_69d4823c49_z2. What are your plans for after Ridley (ex: university/ college/ gap year/ etc., what degree of study, living where, etc.)?
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.