To those new admits, WELCOME TO EXETER!!!!! Here in my senior spring looking back on my time at Exeter and all that it’s given me. I hope you all give it the chance to show you what a truly magical place it is.
As a tour guide, I often get the question “what is your favorite part about Exeter?” Despite the frequency with which I receive this inquiry, I always hesitate a little. What is my favorite part about Exeter? Is it the unparalleled beauty of the old buildings hiding behind vibrant red maple leaves on a sunny day in fall term? Is it Dhall’s chocolate chip cookies? Is it the opportunities it has given me, for example to work with fruit flies, both here and with Exeter alums out at Stanford? Despite the millions of amazing things about this place, I almost always answer: “the people.”
Although the people here come and go, they are what makes Exeter. I have had teachers that form an interesting blend of parent, mentor, and friend. They have knowledge greater than you can imagine, but sit as equals around the Harkness table, and often around the dinner table as well. Some of my best and what I think will be longest-lasting friendships at Exeter have actually been with my instructors. They give me advice on everything from fashion to college to home life. I am forever grateful for their patience, honesty, and open ears, not to mention their stellar teaching abilities.
I also love my peers. Their voices around the classroom give the text meaning and value. They drive the discussion. Outside the classroom, they are superhuman. They play varsity sports, master intricate songs on the piano, make our community better place through volunteer work, and somehow still manage to sleep at night. And they aren’t robots either. They joke around and have more fun than even the most outrageous Hollywood high schoolers. One of my best friends live in Massachusetts, only an hour away, another in South Korea, and yet another in Chile. Exeter has put us in the same place, and we took care of the rest.
I even visited my Chilean friend over spring break and experienced a 7.0 earthquake, something I probably wouldn’t have had the chance to experience at many other schools! You’ve all probably stopped reading my sentimental post by now, so here’s some pics of my trip for you to glance at! We made it all the way down to Patagonia!
Good luck in making you decision, and I hope you choose Exeter!