Yes, the school feels like a home for me and everyone feels appreciated as well as respected. During this time, the school and dorm administration are working extremely hard to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all students. They understand the current challenges that we may be facing due to the pandemic, and providing the right support to meet our mental, physical, and social health. I've realized that for all of us within the school, we rely on each other as we have felt that some sort of freedom has been lost that we once enjoyed or we simply miss our family and friends who can't travel to meet us or nor visit to ensure everyone safety. Despite these challenges, I feel that being at the school has helped me to deal with them, so well!
Honestly, I would have to say that the school and dorm environment feels like home based on how the faculty and staff treat the students like an extension of their families. I feel as though the school understands the challenges that we may face as an international boarding student being away from home at a young age, where support is definitely needed. The relationships that I have made with the faculty and dorm team have been such a positive experience as they offer 24/7 assistance to myself and dorm peers. I have seen them work extremely hard to provide the best experience for the students, especially during this pandemic. Moreover, they always visit our rooms daily to see how we are doing and create activities to strengthen the school and dorm community.
The school feels like a home to me as previously mentioned. The dorm students that live within the current space are respectful and are non-judgmental. Living in a boy's dorm with 3 other roommates, I can describe them like my "paternal" brothers. The culture of the school is quite inclusive. The faculty and staff treat me with a high level of respect and I feel appreciated. My comfort level with the faculty and dorm staff is great as I am able to talk to them about any issues that I may have. In addition, I enjoy playing badminton and other fun activities with them. I must state that the dorm team always have a positive attitude that makes me smile as well as they make various jokes with us. They enjoy spending time with us!
In my opinion, the school does feel like a small community because everyone knows each other by their first name. It's extremely difficult to be unnoticed at J. Addison School as it is a school that has about 300 students at the very moment. In addition, the school does feel like a home, where we care for each other. The faculty and dorm staff care about our feelings and also ensure that we are having an enjoyable experience at the school. In addition, they ensure that our well-being is of the utmost importance, especially during this current pandemic. Moreover, they provide us with fun activities and treats to uplift our spirits and rewards us for our hard-work. Finally, the dorm team acknowledges our birthdays by hosting a small party and giving us a small token of appreciation.
I feel that J. Addison School can be described as a home, especially for international students, who are away from their own families and actual homes. The first time that I came to J. Addison School, I felt welcomed and accepted by the school community. My experience living in the dorm has been truly amazing as the dorm staff and students truly care for each other. In addition, I never felt depressed or lonely within this school environment because there are always interactions with others. In addition, I always feel appreciated, especially by dorm staff. For example, when I was extremely sick, they ensured my well-being was a top priority and checked on me daily. They provided assurance to my parents that I was okay and the steps that were taken to make me feel better.