Seniors from the Class of 2018 share their favorite spots around campus. Check back each week for a new location!
Place: Senior Hall
Ever since our grade has had access to Senior Hall this past May, it has been my favorite campus spot and definitely will continue to be throughout the school year. I love that it is a sort of rite of passage for the oldest students, providing us with our own space, but also that everyone else also walks through it. Unlike the secluded and quiet Junior Lounge from last year, there are classes for every single grade along Senior Hall, so passing periods allow people to greet and talk to each other no matter their grade.
Place: Robotics Lab
When I work in the robotics laboratory, I am inspired by the progress the human race has made in STEM and I am motivated to participate in the development of our future. I joined the robotics team my freshman year, looking for an organization that would leave a lasting impact on my high school experience. The friendships I have made and skills I've learned while on the team will remain with me long after I graduate. Working in the robotics laboratory has exposed me to fields of study I may have never considered and has taught me valuable lessons on problem-solving and teamwork.
Place: Photography Studio
I love the photography studio because I am constantly inspired there. The variety of mediums that are available to us, like cameras from the 19th and 20th century, allow me to let my imagination run wild. The dark room allows me to put a side any stress, and just have fun listening to music and developing my film. Being able to learn the stages of photography, leading up to today, has vastly improved my photography and how I view photographs.
Place: The Quarry
With fly fishing being a big part of my life, the ESD Quarry is my favorite place on campus. It is the perfect place to immerse myself in nature while still being at school. Whether it is a quick cast after chapel or a whole hour of fishing during study hall, the Quarry is my escape. Being at the Quarry makes me feel like I am out on one of my regular fishing trips where I don't have to worry about the demands of school or sports.
Place: All Saints Chapel
Being a senior on Vestry, All Saints Chapel is a special place for me on campus. Daily Chapel is the only time the entire Upper School is together every single day, and I love our time there because it gives me, as well as other students, an opportunity to pause and reflect. The Episcopalian religion is woven into ESD's core identity, and so is acknowledging and learning from our diverse community, both of which I get to contribute to as a Vestry member. I love being able to fill our chapel time with interesting chapel talks that will encourage conversation.
Place: Studio Art Room
The Studio Art Room is my favorite place on campus because of it's seclusion and chill atmosphere. The natural light and layout of the room makes it perfect for relaxing. It's a place where I can put in headphones and get away from the stress of my other classes, sports, duties as Class President, etc. I really enjoy art and the freedom it brings, and in a school of such high expectation and intensity, I think having a time to express yourself and decompress is really important to keep your sanity.
Place: Gene and Jerry Jones Family Stadium
I love the stadium because it’s a space where the entire school can all come together and cheer on our peers. The student section is really loud and crazy, but I love that type of atmosphere. Every game day there is great energy around campus, and if we are playing a rival the campus starts buzzing as early as Monday. The students decide the theme for each game and the whole school will dress up in camo, navy, jerseys etc. As an upperclassman, it’s so fun to watch my friends play, and this year I am really excited to stand in the front and lead all the cheers, especially during football and lacrosse seasons!
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