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Akira H. ’22

Akira H. '22

Akira H. '22

Hamden, CT

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Boarding Student

Involvement: Varsity Volleyball, Equity Team, LASO Head, BSU member, and a Cicerone

“My name is Akira and I came to Walker’s as a sophomore. Although I came later than most, my classmates embraced me with their welcoming presence. This was the main reason I decided to become a Cicerone: So I could embody the same Walker’s spirit that helped me through my first few months on campus, and continues to support me now.”


What is your favorite class, and why?

My favorite class would definitely have to be Dr. Thacker’s 10th grade English class. In that class we strived to learn about literature through the lens of different cultures. Dr. Thacker also helped me reignite my love for writing and poems and I have submitted many of my essays and poems to national writing contests.

What is a unique experience you’ve had at Walker’s that you didn’t think you’d be involved in when arriving at Walker’s?

When I arrived at Walker’s I was so overwhelmed by this sense of joy. Coming from a public school, students kept to themselves. I was not at all used to meeting so many people in such a short amount of time. Now my friends and I are those Old Girls moving into campus a week early just so we can greet you!

How do you feel you have grown since your first day at Walker’s?

When I first got to Walker’s I was very cautious – my main goal was just to blend in. I was not confident in my academic abilities. My amazing teachers would go over assignments with me to make sure I’d done it right. Being at Walker’s has taught me to stand my ground when it comes to things I’ve worked hard on, and to have confidence in myself and my abilities.