Our students come from Tennessee towns and Shanghai high rises, German cities and Alabama farms. Our faculty, half of whom live on campus, have been educated around the world. It gives our campus a small town friendliness with a world wise sophistication. We live together to learn from one another, and our diverse experiences always keep things interesting.
On fall days, students gather in the Adirondack chairs in the main quad to strum guitars or share stories. The picnic tables fill with students bringing their lunch outside to enjoy the breeze under the trees. When the Sewanee fog rolls in, the social scene moves to Owen Student Union where students sip hot cocoa in front of a warm fire. Spring finds us hiking our trails, on the beach volleyball court, and gathered around bonfires at the fire pit.
Faculty and their families eat in the dining hall. The school's many dogs wander campus hoping for a pat on the head or a forgotten ice cream cone. Students, faculty and staff members weave in and out of one another's lives. It's a closeness you can feel from the moment you arrive. St. Andrew's-Sewanee is a community bound together by respect for one another and delight in knowledge. You can be sure you’ll belong here.
I came to SAS after Hurricane Katrina. Determined that we would be going home and being generally shy, I refused to make friends. I would read all of the time and sit by myself at lunch. The students wouldn't let me be antisocial. People came to sit with me and took a real interest in me. This is a truly amazing place full of interesting, interested people.
Carly Westling '09, Middlebury College '12
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