My experience in Ashbury College
First time when I came to Asbury last year I found it good and enjoyable school. Surprisingly, starting with my first day everybody was trying to help me. Even absolutely random people that I met first time were asking me if I need help. I had very good impression because every teacher was so supportive and to be honest I did not miss my home. You becoming a part of school very soon from it’s beginning because you are enrolled in many different courses and co-curricular and in every class you have different students so, you can make a lot of new friends in very short time. School requires you to do any sports or clubs after school day, so it is pretty easy to find your way throughout high school years. Another big part of school is boarding. It is almost like a big family inside the school. Basically, you live together with other students. That is why you spend almost all your time with boarding students and they become your best friends. My one of the favorites parts of Ashbury College is that it is an international school so, by the end of the year you will have friends all around the world. I highly recommend to study in Ashbury College.
Георгий Марченко, 16 лет
My name is Ivanna Marchenko, I’m a boarding student of Ashbury College and it’s my forth year here. Currently I attend grade 12 and this is my forth and last year in this school. When I came to boarding in 2014, I was fifteen years old; I was naïve, young and could barely speak English. Over three years I learned so many things, met amazing people around the world and learned how to be responsible.
One of the most valuable advantages of Ashbury College is our community. I am very proud to be a part of Ashbury community that involves students, parents, teachers, coaches and a friendly Rockcliffe neighbourhood. But of course, one thing I like the most about Ashbury, besides its education, is boarding. We call each other family and everyone is very supportive. When I came here for the first time I was very afraid that I would not make friends or I will feel excluded, but after couple weeks I stopped being homesick and made many friends. Ashbury values culture awareness a lot, as it is an international school. Last year I was able to visit my friends in Mexico, Turkey and Hungary, and hosted friend from Saudi. It proves that Ashbury connects people and makes lifelong friendships.
Personally, I think that Canadian education system is very productive and useful; I enjoy almost every aspect of it. What I like the most is that students have a “voice” here and are able to express their thoughts and feeling in class and outside the class. Teachers are very close to their students and it is very affective as shown through their dedication to work.
Going to Ashbury is not just going to a normal high school it’s experience that prepares you to outside world. School provides a lot of new opportunities, academically, athletically and in the community. During three years I was a part of tennis team, alpine ski, track and field team, touch football team, yoga and even tried out rugby. School offers many co-curriculums for every kind of students. Besides, if you’re not into sports you could also join Green club, Model UN, School Musical, debate club, Global Affairs Club and many more. Also schools provide a great community service program, which encourages students to volunteer, and give back to the community. After volunteering student’s start appreciate what they have more and also it is a great possibility to meet people outside school.
I am very fortunate to be a student of Ashbury College and I know that I will miss it a lot even though it’s just September. I’m very thankful that parents sent me here and I think that so far it was the best decisions that they could have made about my education.
Иванна Марченко, 18 лет
My name is Sasha and I was studying in Ashbury for 4 years. Needless to say it was one of the greatest experiences in my life.
In fact, when my parents decided to give me an opportunity to study in Canada, I applied into 3 boarding schools: St. Andrews, a school in Vancouver and Ashbury. I didn't have much knowledge about them except for their good reviews. In fact, the only advantage Ashbury had, in my view, was its location. After studying for four years in Ashbury, I know for sure, that I would never switch my choice; even if i had a choice of any school of the world.
So what is so special about Ashbury ?
Education in Ashbury is strong; if universities are choosing between two people with exactly same grades, the person from Ashbury is likely to be prioritized. Also Ashbury provides an IB program, which is also highly respected between universities and a little too overrated but still a good addition. The main advantage is that you don't need to do a Full IB if you don't want too. In Grade 12 I took 3 IB courses and 3 non IB (OSSD) courses. As to me it was a perfect balance.
Ashbury is not only focused on education, but also on the development of students' personalities. It is an obligation to be involved in different clubs and activities thorough the year. Personally I was involved in a lot of different sports and clubs thorough 4 years. The most memorable are: playing for the American Football team during 4 years, which not only developed my physical abilities but also mentality and the knowledge of team play; Ski racing was a great experience, where I managed to finish in top 5 and MUN, which developed my ability to communicate and be creative.
However, personally, I think that the biggest advantage of Ashbury it's its boarding. Thorough 4 years I have made more friends and connections than anybody from Ukraine could imagine. I had roommates from Mexico, Nigeria and France and I have at least one friend from any part of the world. Ashbury Boarding is not only a great space to live in but also the biggest opportunity to make friendships, which will last. Boarding could be compared to brotherhood, however there is nothing as good as boarding in Ashbury.
Overall, Ashbury isn't just about an education in a foreign country, but something way more valuable and important than that.