To be quite honest, I actually enjoy Duty weekend. I like hanging out, observing the comings and goings of the students. Sometimes Jimmy John’s shows up to deliver a bagged lunch to a hungry few, other times excited conversations fill the air — the girls chatting over where they are off to next, the boys talking about last night’s game. Everyone must sign in and out, and they do so without much reminding. They know the routine.
Many times I find myself wondering what it would be like to be a boarding student at a prep school. I try to imagine myself as a teen living far from home with the responsibilities of keeping a tidy dorm room, maintaining clean clothes, studying without constant reminders from parents, not to mention getting myself up and out the door ON TIME for practices, games, or other required events. I envision dorm-mates soon becoming my close friends, possibly even serving as a family away from home.
And then suddenly I realize the importance of dorm living, or “Residential Life.” It’s not only to provide sleeping quarters for tired and weary students. It is an opportunity to learn essential life skills—time management, self-motivation, living well with others, cleanliness, etc. Residential Life prepares students for their future in the world beyond education.
Recognizing this, my understanding of Shattuck-St. Mary’s is instantly broadened even more!