The new school year will be here before we know it. As we prepare for students to once again fill the halls of Notre Dame Prep, we also ready ourselves for another season of greeting interested students and parents in our admissions office. Soon, our first shadows will walk through the doors and ambassadors will gather in the lobby with smiles ready to meet our prospective families.
Thinking about scheduling a visit to NDP? We asked current students what advice they have for prospective students coming to visit for their Shadow Day. Here is what they told us
#1: Ask your shadow questions
Do not be nervous about asking too many questions—they allow you to find out more about Notre Dame Prep and how you would fit in. You may also learn unexpected and exciting things about classes, friends, sports, traditions, or clubs. This is a great way to get to know our school and learn more about where your unique interests will fit.
#2: Be comfortable–We are all your sisters!
We want you to see yourself here for middle or high school. Once you walk through our doors, each one of our girls becomes your sister and we want you to meet as many girls as you can. Introduce yourself to the girl sitting next to you in class or chat with others during lunch. You never know—you may meet someone who could become a mentor or friend during your years at NDP.
#3: It is okay if you do not understand what is happening in class
Remember that you are a year behind your shadow. This means they may be doing things in class that you have yet to learn or even hear about. It is completely okay if you do not understand everything, but do try to listen or participate if you know the answer. You will soon be in your ambassador’s shoes and know exactly what to do in class.
#4. Get to know your ambassador
You and your ambassador are paired for a reason. You probably have many things in common, so ask questions and get to know her. She could become your teammate, lab partner, a mentor in the light booth, or a bandmate. The more you get to know her and her friends, the more familiar faces you will see in the halls ready to say hello next year
#5: Have fun!
This is probably the most important piece of advice our girls could share with you. Enjoy your time here and start to see yourself as part of the NDP community!
When you shadow at Notre Dame Prep can expect to experience a typical day in the life of an NDP girl! You will see and participate in classroom lessons, experience special celebrations or liturgies, get a sense of our sisterhood, and learn what we mean when we say “there’s a spirit about this place.”
Are you ready to schedule a Shadow Day? Sign up now to see all that NDP has to offer!