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Rhode Island’s perspective and possibility widening boarding and day school, grades 6-12 and postgraduate.

Students reflect on Senior Mountain Day

The annual Senior Mountain Day trek up Mt. Monadnock is both a literal journey to the summit and a metaphor for what we’ve asked of each of them to do during their time here: discover your own challenge, tackle it without worrying about the outcomes of others, find joy in the process, and support your peers along the way. Not every senior reaches the top of Monadnock at the same time, but they all reach the top. 

The yearly tradition also offers our seniors the space and opportunity to reflect on their journey at St. Andrew’s and the community they’ve built here. Here’s what some of this year’s seniors had to say about this year’s hike:

“On the easy trail, which wasn’t exactly that easy, we stopped and helped each other even if it meant it would take us longer. We put the needs of our friends before ourselves and offered our water, food, and patience. We struggled together, falling, tripping — and at one point I truly thought I was going to fall off the mountain while I was sliding down on my stomach. But we pushed through. When I reached the top, I saw the importance of togetherness and perseverance. St Andrew’s has given us a family that will always have our backs, catching us when we fall in life or down the mountain.”

“Climbing allowed me to see that the hardest places to reach often have the most life altering views.”

“We led the pack up the difficult trail, which was very steep, much steeper than we’d anticipated, but it wasn’t so hard that we weren’t positive and enthusiastic the whole way up. When we finally stopped on top of the mountain, me and Stu had used up all of our energy sprinting up as fast as we could up to the top, and we were greeted with an amazing view...of the actual peak, which was still a mile away. It was pretty demoralizing to see that our final goal which we thought was right there was so far away. But when we finally made it up, it made our final push seem way better.”

“The mountain was definitely harder to climb than expected but in the end it made us a lot closer as a class”
“Since most of us had a soccer game the next day, my group decided to go at a comfortable place. We admired the beautiful view behind us as we got higher and higher, and I realized how different it was for the seven of us to sit at a dining hall table and talk compared to talking on the side of a beautiful mountain. Nature has a unique ability to make us feel like a really small part of the world, especially when we look at it from 3,000 feet high. We all have our individual problems, but looking at that view from the summit with all my friends, I realized that we’re all a part of something so much bigger than us. If you want to go fast, go alone, If you want to go far, go together”
“I kept telling myself that I could make it. It’s all about self encouragement and perseverance.”

“What I learned was bravery, not from myself but from someone else. During hiking we all faced some times of difficulties, but Brandon’s hardship came earlier and harder than others. After hiking for about ten percent of the mountain he misstepped and fell down on his face. His tooth was chipped. He had to stop and address his injury. However, he wasn't going to let it stop his journey. He continued climbing and showed his immense character. It was a great inspiration to me.”

“Senior Mountain Day was more than just climbing a mountain. It was a time of creating memories with your friends for one last ride.”
Rhode Island’s perspective and possibility widening boarding and day school, grades 6-12 and postgraduate