By Jose Lopez, Staff Writer
Verbum Dei High School has earned a reputation of creating men for others and for shaping the lives of its students both academically and spiritually. Students from many middle schools are looking for opportunities to grow, and when they learn of Verbum Dei, they are welcomed on campus to “shadow” a VDHS student for a day; in this way, a prospective student is able to experience a typical day in the life of the Verb.
Prospective students must be interested in enrolling at VDHS in order to become a shadow. From one to two weeks in advance, the shadow is provided a date by Pablo Zapotecas, Director of Admissions. William Liu, Director of Enrollment Management, of the Admissions Department assists with scheduling.
“All we want is to see is that they really want to see what it’s like to be a student at our school,” said Zapotecas.
When the student becomes a shadow, a date is scheduled, and he is assigned to accompany a Verb freshman or sophomore student. Ideally, shadows are paired with someone who has recently entered high school, so the two students can relate to one another.
A typical shadow day begins with arrival at the Verb at 7:30 A.M. The shadow meets his host student, attend that student’s morning classes, and leaves campus at 1:00 P.M. Host students stay side by side with their assigned shadow for four periods and spend break and lunch together.
This program is meant to let the shadow have a firsthand experience of what it is like to be a Verbum Dei student. Shadowing students leave the campus with a new perspective about the school, and they can make an informed decision as to whether they truly want to become part of the Verb family.
“The food at lunch was freshly cooked, and the teachers were nice and welcoming,” said current freshman Pablo Flores of his shadowing experience.
“It was cool, I guess, because the different classes,” said Matthew Lugo, a current freshman student who shadowed as an eighth grader. “It was a Friday, and there were a lot of clubs meeting, and it was cool to play basketball with the seniors.”
“We [later] went to math class, and everyone called me ‘Shadow,'” said Lugo.