I chose Exeter because I absolutely fell in love with the place after Experience Exeter. I remember the campus was beautiful that time in the spring, but even more memorable than the scenery were the people. My Experience Exeter host was a lower in Cilley, a kid by the name of Hojung Kim, who eventually became one of my closest friends and mentors.
Hojung didn’t have a lot of classes the day that I met him, so he showed me around during his free time. He gave me a tour, let me into his dorm and let me take a nap in his bed, played tennis with me in the afternoon and made sure I met Exonians of all backgrounds and ages. Everyone that he showed me was brilliant, and not in one way, but in multiple ways.
I remember meeting Max, a tall, quiet, tri-varsity athlete who was also the head of Exeter’s Social Service Organization, and completely fluent in Chinese. I remember meeting Morgan, a prep, a masterful debater and amazing guitar player.
Even now, the people I meet continue to amaze and impress me. But it was not the fact that people were studious, hardworking, or insanely smart that drew me to Exeter. It was the simple fact that these were genuine people: kind, caring kids that acted more like a family than a group of teenagers.
Needless to say, what I love most about Exeter is the people.