Get to Know Your Prefects: Grace Lowes ’16

  1. Why did you choose Ridley?

My family chose Ridley because it provided the best possible education one can access. Ridley chGraceallenges me, and gives me the tools to be successful. It gives me an international education, while remaining personal to my learning preferences.

  1. Did you feel prepared coming to Ridley?

More like was Ridley prepared for me? I’m just kidding.

I don’t think anything could have truly prepared me for coming to such an intensive school. I, like most people, found it a little overwhelming in the beginning, but I was able to use the feeling of being out of my comfort zone to bond with other people in the same situation. It allowed me to grow as a person and gain skills I would not have otherwise.

  1. What are your plans after graduation? (i.e. university, college, gap year…degree of study, city you plan to live in, extracurricular pursuits)

After graduation I plan on attending university, I am not sure where, but hopefully somewhere in the United States with a strong political science program, like Georgetown or Columbia. After that I would love to work with the UN for a while or maybe be a diplomat over seas. Whatever I decide to do I want it to be a very global and have a humanitarian aspect. I have been born into an environment of such privilege, so it is really important to me that whatever occupation I hold, I am trying to give people some of the amazing opportunities I have been given everyday.

  1. Who is your favourite faculty member and why?

It is impossible to choose a single faculty member to call my favorite, but one faculty member that I think deserves to be recognized for his commitment to the school and his students is Mr. Ronald. Mr. Ronald taught me grade 9 geography, but has always been much more than just a teacher to me. He is a mentor, a great listener, a dedicated worker, an academic leader and in many ways a friend. The inspiring level of passion he has for everything around him, such as his students and the environment, motivates me to find something I too can be just as passionate about. He has always been an ambassador for the importance of cross-curricular learning and truly is a progressive and caring teacher.

  1. What has been your greatest challenge thus far at Ridley?

I think my greatest challenge thus far at Ridley probably is maintaining a balance. Ridley has so much to offer and it is easy to over commit yourself and spread yourself too thin. It is very important to remain balanced in the Ridley lifestyle.

Grace in the winter musical ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’
  1. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far at Ridley?

I have been very fortunate to find myself completing daily accomplishments I am proud of here at Ridley, such as starting and running weekly Model UN meetings, or even simpler things such as doing well on a test in a class I typically struggle in. I think my greatest accomplishment thus far though probably was being valedictorian in my grade eight class at Ridley. I work very hard to have a leadership role at my school and so I am very proud that I was chosen by both the faculty and students of lower school to represent them in our graduation ceremony.

Grace in Grade 8
  1. How has Ridley prepared you for the future?

Ridley has prepared me for the future more than I imagine any other school possibly could. I have been taught hard work pays off, that patience and persistence can get anything done and that no matter how challenging a problem may seem, there is always a solution. These may seem like banal platitudes, but as David Foster Wallace once said, “In the day to day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life or death importance”.

  1. What has been your favourite Ridley experience and your favourite part of Ridley (chapel, rowing, your house)?

My favorite Ridley experience thus far would probably be the model united nations trip I went on to D.C. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, and it is what truly peeked my interest in politics and United Nations work. I think that this weekend conference in many ways changed my life path, which may seem like a hyperbole, but it truly made an immeasurable impact. My favourite part of Ridley is all of the extra curricular opportunities that Ridley presents. If a student has an interest in something, whether it is Dungeons and Dragons or Ultimate Frisbee, Ridley will give you a chance to pursue that interest.

  1. What advice would you give prospective students about Ridley?

You get from Ridley what put into Ridley. If you are a passionate learner and want to apply yourself in all fields possible, then Ridley is the place for you. If you love old architecture, but modern education, then Ridley is the place for you. If you have global mindset, but want personalized teachings, then there is definitely a spot for you here at Ridley.