Landon's lessons set the groundwork for success

Michael Voris '95 (above, second from right) wrote this blog post about how the values he learned at Landon prepared him for a successful career in finance. After he graduated from Landon, Voris went on to play lacrosse at Cornell University and is now a managing director with Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Whether you're in the classroom, competing athletically, or trying to succeed in your career, it's a safe bet that not every day is going to be easy. People who expect things to be easy usually end up struggling. At Landon, I learned the value of hard work, perseverance, grit, teamwork, honesty — and those are all things that help you succeed in any endeavor and definitely in the business world. Those traits are bred in you at an early age at Landon and carry through all the way from Lower School to Upper School, guide you through college, and absolutely set the groundwork for a successful career.

Landon is more than that, though. The community Landon fosters is big. When you're an alumnus, you know people 10 to 15 years older than you, and you know kids 10 to 15 years younger than you. That comes from the older brother-younger brother aspect of going to the school. When you start at Landon at a young age, you grow up with a huge group of older brothers, so you learn your place and learn to be respectful.

At the same time, you also grow up with a huge group of younger brothers, and you have to set a good example for them. I see younger Landon graduates in New York all the time, and when I talk to them, it's like a touch of home... and they look at me like it's a touch of home too. That really noticeable, consistent sense of community strikes me as amazing — and is probably the thing that I cherish the most about Landon.