Dorm Life

Get Involved!

Winona is a great community surrounded by water, bluffs, and beautiful trails. We are close enough to larger cities for day trips yet far enough away from the busy to be able to just grab your sneakers, hop on a bike, and go explore the beautiful nature that surrounds us! We are here to help provide you with opportunities to get involved within the boarding program, with local families, and on campus. It can be a bit overwhelming to move away from home, immerse yourself in a new community, and try to make new friends. But our best advice is to be open to the experience! Those students who have gotten involved in athletics, activities, and volunteering have truly made the most of their experience and have formed relationships that will last a lifetime. However, it is up to you to make this experience one that you won’t soon forget and we are here to help!

There are numerous opportunities to get involved at the dorm, on campus, and within the community!

Our staff are committed to offering a variety of activities during the week, on weekends, and during short and long breaks. Many of the events we offer are from student suggestions or requests.

Dorm Activities

Below is a sampling of some trips and activities that have been taken or held on the weekends or over breaks:

  • Tables Tennis and Pool Tournaments
  • Movie Nights
  • Hiking
  • NBA Basketball Game
  • Apple Orchard
  • Zoo
  • Marine Art Museum
  • Bowling
  • Board Games
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Yoga/Pilates
  • Mini-Golf
  • Lawn Games
  • Baking/Cooking
  • Mall of America
  • Boat Rides
  • Camping
  • Local Attractions
  • International Food Market
  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Super Bowl Party
  • 3 v 3 Basketball Tournaments
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Climbing Wall
  • Events at local Universities
  • Waterpark Overnights
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Ice Skating
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Sledding
  • Live Music
  • Bonfire and Smore
  • Rollerskating
  • Talent Show (Held at School)
  • Film Festivals
  • Shopping Trips
  • National Eagle Center
  • Boat Rides on River
  • Shenanigans

International Dinner

One of the highlights on campus is our annual International Dinner which is held during International Week on campus during the spring semester. It is an opportunity for our students to show off a little bit, share a piece of their home, and invite others into their world for an evening. International Dinner is one of the highlights for all staff and students throughout the year! It is held at the dormitory in the school cafeteria but all of the food is planned, prepared, and served by our boarding staff and students representing different countries. We work as a team to make sure we have appetizers, main dishes, beverages, and desserts for a great plate of food to be served to our guests. We serve approximately 250-300 people each year! It is an incredible event to be a part of and our students take such pride in what they prepare and love visiting with our guests to explain what exactly it is and how it is made.


Other opportunities to get involved in the dormitory and community living may include things such as birthday club, outdoor club, floor council, game committee, and volunteer work. We have quite a few students who are also involved in local activities such as figure skating, dancing, boxing, music lessons, worship, and more. These are activities that you can work with Mrs. Barrientos to find and engage in! There are also numerous other opportunities to get involved on campus through Math Team, Student Council, National Honor Society, Chess Team, Speech Team, athletics, musicals, knitting clubs, and more! See all Cotter Activities.