One of my favorite days of fall term is Academy Life Day. Every year, there is a day set aside within the first few weeks of school when no classes are scheduled and the time is instead to be spent with your dorm mates (if you’re a boarder) or with your fellow advisees (if you are a day student).
This year on Academy Life Day, my wonderful dorm, Hoyt Hall, spent a fun day on campus. After an all-dorm breakfast in the dining hall, we made our way into the art building. Here we drew names of fellow dorm mates out of a cup and began working on painting canvases for the girl whose name we had chosen. After painting, singing along to music, talking, and laughing, we left our masterpieces to dry. Upon heading outside, we were divided into groups and sent on a scavenger hunt! We ran all over campus serenading faculty, doing jumping-jacks, and generally ticking off as many activities on our list as we could, all the while laughing, taking pictures, and enjoying our time together. The ladies of Hoyt Hall concluded our Academy Life Day by exchanging our canvases, sharing our scavenger hunt progress, and eating food catered by a local restaurant. After lunch, the remainder of the day was ours to enjoy as we wished.
While I thoroughly enjoyed my own dorm’s activities, they were by no means the only fun events that occurred on this day. Other dorms and advisories had dodgeball tournaments, went off campus to apple-picking orchards, went to the beach, and one dorm even went to play miniature golf! There are so many ways to enjoy this day off from classes! One of the best aspects of the day is that this bonding time is specifically set aside in the busy Exeter schedule. By this point in the year, new students have met many new people, but this day provides an opportunity to get to know those who live closest to us much better.