Meet Christopher ’20 – a boarder from Barbados, who is truly grateful for his brothers in Merritt South and the caring environment the House has provided him. Read more to find out how Ridley’s diverse community has prepared him for the future.
Why were you most excited to attend Ridley when you first started?
I had never lived away from home before and I really enjoy being put out of my comfort zones to try new things.
What makes you proud to be a Ridleian?
I am proud to be a Ridleian because there is a sense of community throughout the school that I was very welcome to. I also really like how involved everyone is with activities and helping out around the school.
What is your favorite part of Ridley life?
My favorite part of Ridley is living so close to my friends, so that I can see them on weekends and participate in events together.
What has been your favorite Ridley experience?
My favorite Ridley memory was camp at the beginning of the school year, when I was able to meet so many new people and take part in the activities.
What is the best part of being in your boarding House?
The best part of being in Merritt South is that the people are really great and it’s a very accepting and relaxed environment.
What has been your greatest accomplishment at Ridley?
My greatest accomplishment at Ridley has been becoming Prefect!
Who is your favorite faculty or staff member and why?
My favorite faculty member is my Assistant Head of House, Mr. Stephenson, because he is very funny and helps me out with advice whenever I need it.
What part of being a Prefect are you most excited for?
I am most excited to be able to be around the firepit at Snake Dance, and to be involved and help out with all the school events.
How has Ridley prepared you for the future?
Ridley has prepared me for my future by allowing me to interact with so many different people of different ideas and cultures. These interactions open my mind to different ways of thinking and let me experience diversity as well. I also now have a taste of what it’s like to live on my own.
What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?
I would advise that although you may be afraid to live away from your family, enter a new school or even move countries, don’t be. If you put yourself out there and try new things, you’ll have so many new memories and even more opportunities.