Ten things you learn as a ‘Woodstocker’ in your first year

Ten things you learn as a ‘Woodstocker’ in your first year

What exactly is it that makes us Woodstockers unique? Navya Sethi from Grade 11 shares the ten things you learn in your first year at Woodstock.


How to be your own parent!

From making your bed and cleaning up after yourself, to self-studying and growing up independently, Woodstock teaches you responsibility and self discipline: values that will last with you for a lifetime.

Home is where the heart is

“Staying away from home doesn’t make you feel sad anymore”. You develop the ability to adapt with any situation. Woodstock becomes your new home. Your teachers become your most trusted adults, and your dorm parents feel like your real parents!

Unity in diversity

Here at Woodstock, you can celebrate people that come from all over the world. You could be eating lunch with Koreans, sharing a room with an American, celebrating Independence Day with Indians, cooking Thai noodles and what not!

Food takes on a whole new meaning

You develop the patience to wait in long lunch lines and experience the feeling of joy when there is vanilla ice cream, hot spaghetti in red sauce, or delicious palak paneer on your plate. Finally!

Taking a walk into the wild

Breathing the fresh mountain air is a feeling you will never forget! The walk up to school will feel like a nightmare at first but soon it will be your favourite getaway from the constant socialising. Just listening to music can help you be at peace.

A quick, fresh start to a new day

Your shower time changes from 15 to 10 to 5 minutes as you get back from morning sports practices.

Bazaar every weekend= Freedom

Bazaar begins to sound like freedom. Red velvet cake from Landour Bakehouse or maggie with cheese from Cozy corner, or the regular Blue Crush from Little Llamas completes your day!  

Escaping the great wild threat

You learn to save yourself from being attacked by monkeys and manage to reach school safely. Phew!


Eagles, condors and merlins will never just be birds for you again! In the midst of competing in inter-house events, you will discover values of sportsmanship and teamwork: keys in achieving success.

You walk the path of self-love

You will soon realise that the only person that you should be competing with is yourself. You will fall in love with yourself and your routine.

  • Shalini
    Posted at 17:49h, 06 December Reply

    Great read Navya. You nailed it.

  • Hilda (Giesbrecht) Reed
    Posted at 23:03h, 06 December Reply

    Love this!
    Interesting to see that showers are still timed (5 min!).
    Definitely growing up in Woodstock builds resiliency, adapatability and curiosity about the people and places in this amazing world!
    Gave me a great set of transferable skills!
    Skills which were born not without a great deal of struggle. Gifts realized only later in life once I learned the value of self love. Thank you for this post!
    (Class of ’77 – I attended Woodstock from gades 2 -12 with the exception of grade 7)

  • Janine
    Posted at 09:24h, 20 December Reply

    Learning to be you and seeing your biggest competitor in your own reflection are lessons many people take a lifetime to learn. How nice to hear they are in the top ten lessons of today’s Woodstock. Thank you for what you have written and shared. – Janine

  • Warren Hall Crain
    Posted at 10:33h, 21 December Reply

    It took me several years to learn all those things,but I started early — Second Standard in 1942. WarrenHall Crain (class of ‘”51)

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