What made you choose Suffield?
Andrea | Honestly, it was my parents and extended family that influenced me to go to Suffield. I’m so thankful.
Alex | Suffield was always my first choice and the only school that I applied to. But I really fell in love with the school far before I ever stepped foot on campus. Constant childhood stories about my mother’s experiences at Suffield left me with a desire to see for myself what it was like. It was, and still is, a life-changing experience.
Audrey | I chose Suffield originally because of my family. I heard my mother, aunt, and brother talking about the loving and supportive atmosphere of Suffield Academy since a very early age. On my Revisit Day everyone was so kind and helpful, and everywhere I looked there was a smile.
What was the best/most memorable part of the Suffield experience?
Andrea | There are so many it is hard to choose just one. Dorm life would have to be at the top. For me, Suffield is now home and family. It taught me tolerance, patience, and understanding. I was lucky enough to have Mr. and Mrs. Nelson in New Dorm (now Academy House). Also, who could forget lunch announcements with Mr. Compton, and of course...pizza in the Union at 10 p.m.!
Alex | In my four years at Suffield, the most memorable experiences have been traditional all-school events. To me, they are all priceless. The atmosphere created when a community like Suffield comes together is something that takes my breath away every time and can only truly be understood by experiencing it.
Audrey | The best part of the Suffield experience has absolutely been meeting the people here. I came from a school with limited ethnic and racial diversity. Suffield Academy has introduced
me to different cultures and people. I can’t thank Suffield enough for helping me develop into the well-rounded individual that I have become.
How has Suffield positively affected your life?
Andrea | Suffield continues to affect my life, as I now have both my son and daughter attending. I experience Suffield through their eyes as an adult, a parent, and former student.
Alex | I could go on forever about this, but in short, Suffield has supported me and all my classmates, through the crucial transition from childhood to adulthood. I see this support every day, and I believe nothing could be more important than this—regardless of who you are, where you’re from, or where you are going.
Audrey | Suffield has given me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and has helped me build friendships that will stay dear to my heart for many years to come. The boarding experience has allowed me to spend a lot of time on campus, strengthening my relationships with the faculty and students.
Who is the most influential faculty member?
Andrea Mr. Nelson and Mr. Butcher were my most influential faculty members.
Alex | It would be wrong of me to say each faculty member isn’t superbly influential in their own right, however, without a doubt, “gregorius Lynch” (Dean of Students Greg Lynch) has profoundly changed me. Whether by design or just happenstance, his relationship with students is vital, especially boarders who are, in some instances, thousands of miles away from home. Because of this, it always gives me great joy to make him proud.
Audrey | The most influential faculty member is Mrs. Henle! She has helped me through everything, both academic and social. She is my advisor, my second mother, and always my ally. I know she has my back, and that it certainly helps to know you have someone in your corner.
What is your favorite place on campus?
Andrea | The window in Brewster lobby. It was one of my favorite places to sit and relax or wait for a friend, especially in the spring. The smell of the flowers and cut grass would blow in. It always amazed me how this hall that hosted pep rallies, receptions, and waiting time before entering the dining hall could become so tranquil!
Alex | Kotchen Quad. As a boarder, all freshman dorms are located in this area, and it is the start of many experiences at Suffield with friends, teachers, and lifelong associates that you never keep more than a phone call away. Many of my first priceless Suffield moments were created with friends bonding in that quad.
Audrey | My favorite place on campus is a toss up between the library and the math office. Mrs. Henle is head of the Math Department, so I know I can always find her there for help when it is needed. The library, however, is where I spend the majority of my time. It is so beautiful and grand, and it takes my breath away every time I enter.