OLD School Interview: Elijah

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The 2015 Fall semester of OLD School has come to a close. We interviewed this past semester’s students to get some insight on how their semester went.


Elijah Fontanez 

Why did you apply for OLD School?

I was getting tired of the monotony of college, and I knew I could get my minor from it, which is awesome. I really wanted to be in a place where I could grow closer to God and be in the outdoors. 

What was the biggest thing you learned this semester?

One of the biggest things was learning how to be a leader. It’s easy to want to be in charge, but that comes with responsibility. With OLD School there were many opportunities to empower each of us.  The inverse of that is learning how to follow when you’re not the one leading. Also, I really reconnected with God, especially by spending time with Him daily. Learning how to live with people is a big thing too. Learning how to handle things without just walking away and dealing with situations while being relatable is another big thing. 


What would you say to someone who is considering OLD School?

Do it! This has been one of the best times of my life and I’m not exaggerating. The amazing stuff we do and learn is unreal, and the fact that I’ve had this opportunity makes me feel so blessed. I really don’t think I’ve ever been closer to a group of people; we’re all trying to draw closer to God. I’m really going to miss the community that Snowbird has to offer. I think you would be crazy not to do it.


What is your favorite memory from this semester?

I really don’t like heights, and when we went rock climbing I actually waited half the day before starting. The time came for me to start, and I had to trust the equipment. Once I did, it actually wasn’t that bad; I realized I kind of liked it. I ended up doing a lot more climbing the rest of the day, and rock climbing became my favorite section! 


What was your favorite section and why?

Rock climbing was my favorite section. For one, I got to see North Carolina at it’s best with the beautiful views. I’m all about the outdoors and scenery. The main thing that was so awesome is that I was able to conquer a lifetime fear of heights. It was great!

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