SI can seem like a hostile place until you get to know it. I remember my very first day freshman year seeing how the seniors high fived each other and hugged and were so happy to see each other. I looked forward to that experience. I quickly met nice people who I shared common interests with. Classes have not always challenged me to my full ability, but I know I am a total exception. I can almost guarantee that you will be challenged academically at SI if you look to be challenged. I did crew freshman year, but I soon found that it wasn't for me. The next two years I got involved in every music program that the school has to offer, from chamber choir and chamber orchestra to music ministry and pep band. Senior year, I started to get involved in campus ministry and going to the daily mass that the school offers after having a life-changing school-led retreat. I was not searching for any spirituality, but I found it through SI despite my usually cynical nature. There are cliques, but if you're willing and stay vulnerable and open to all the various opportunities that the school offers, you will not have a problem finding friends from all walks of life. There are 364 kids in my class of 2016. Freshman year, our principal told us we should be able to name every person in our class and say something positive we know about them. I thought this was impossible when he said this, but I am close now. I went on a school organized service trip this summer to West Virginia, and I went on the school organized Barcelona exchange program the summer before. I haven't even mentioned the incredible sense of community and love I get from the students and the faculty. Ms Purcell has changed by life and helped me to see the value in myself and the goodness in all humans. Additionally, our school nails the ideas of social justice and understanding our privilege. Sure, this school is not for everybody, but if you stay open-minded, then your experience at SI will be a great one.