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.


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.