My name is Ivanna Marchenko, I’m a boarding student of Ashbury College and it’s my forth year here. Currently I attend grade 12 and this is my forth and last year in this school. When I came to boarding in 2014, I was fifteen years old; I was naïve, young and could barely speak English. Over three years I learned so many things, met amazing people around the world and learned how to be responsible.
One of the most valuable advantages of Ashbury College is our community. I am very proud to be a part of Ashbury community that involves students, parents, teachers, coaches and a friendly Rockcliffe neighbourhood. But of course, one thing I like the most about Ashbury, besides its education, is boarding. We call each other family and everyone is very supportive. When I came here for the first time I was very afraid that I would not make friends or I will feel excluded, but after couple weeks I stopped being homesick and made many friends. Ashbury values culture awareness a lot, as it is an international school. Last year I was able to visit my friends in Mexico, Turkey and Hungary, and hosted friend from Saudi. It proves that Ashbury connects people and makes lifelong friendships.
Personally, I think that Canadian education system is very productive and useful; I enjoy almost every aspect of it. What I like the most is that students have a “voice” here and are able to express their thoughts and feeling in class and outside the class. Teachers are very close to their students and it is very affective as shown through their dedication to work.
Going to Ashbury is not just going to a normal high school it’s experience that prepares you to outside world. School provides a lot of new opportunities, academically, athletically and in the community. During three years I was a part of tennis team, alpine ski, track and field team, touch football team, yoga and even tried out rugby. School offers many co-curriculums for every kind of students. Besides, if you’re not into sports you could also join Green club, Model UN, School Musical, debate club, Global Affairs Club and many more. Also schools provide a great community service program, which encourages students to volunteer, and give back to the community. After volunteering student’s start appreciate what they have more and also it is a great possibility to meet people outside school.
I am very fortunate to be a student of Ashbury College and I know that I will miss it a lot even though it’s just September. I’m very thankful that parents sent me here and I think that so far it was the best decisions that they could have made about my education.