Get to Know Your Ridley College Prefects: Daniel M.

Daniel1. Why did you choose to attend Ridley College?
My brother attended Ridley for a summer ESL program and many of my friends from Mexico also attended school here. The robotics program really appealed to me and the academics.

2. What are your plans for when you graduate from Ridley (ex: university/ college/ gap year/ etc., what degree of study, living where, etc.)? 
I want to go to college in the United States or take the University of Waterloo Business and Computer Science program.

3. What are your aspirations for the long-term future (Job, living where, etc.)?
I would love to do my masters or phd, but no set plans.

4. In your opinion, what has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley? 
I think my greatest challenge has been adapting to the change of living with my family to now living with friends,  and managing everything yourself. I wanted to participate in robotics and rowing, I wanted to do both, but I had to decide which one I would pursue on my own.


5. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley? 
I think my greatest accomplishment has been adapting to life here and feeling included and at home. Also, doing really well academically and becoming a prefect in 1 year.

6. Do you feel prepared going forward after Ridley? 
I do, much more than I did when I lived in Mexico, not just academically, but I matured a lot too.

7. What is your favourite experience at Ridley (thus far) and your favourite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, etc.)?
My favourite experience has been going to California for the Robotics World Championships, it was a great learning experience.

8. What have you learned from your time at Ridley?
I have learned how to live with other people and be a nice guy. Academically, I have learned so much! I have learned how I treat people and how I’m treated, leadership skills. Also, you can’t sit back here, you have to make your own decisions.


9. Who is a role model for yourself (someone you know, celebrity, etc.)?
Patrick Rothus (author) is my role model, I also want to be an author. He spent 16 years in college because there are so many cool things to learn. I used to just to go to school because I wanted to get good marks, he taught me to chase my passions and go to school because I want to.

10. Why should prospective students choose Ridley? 
Academically it’s an amazing school, there are so many opportunities. In Mexico, I never would’ve had the chance to participate in robotics, drama, rowing etc. The people are great. Everyone at the school and in the Ridley Community wants everyone to do well, from day 1!

Ridley College team 1509B in a match at the World VEX Robotics Championships in California
Ridley College team 1509B in a match at the World VEX Robotics Championships in California

11. Do you have any advice for prospective students? 
Jump out of your comfort zone, meet new people even if you think you won’t get along. Try to take every opportunity and chase your passions. Be a nice guy.