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Liyan D. ’23

Liyan D. ’23

Shanghai, China

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Boarding Student

Involvement: Volleyball, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Orchestra, and Asian Club

I just completed my first year at Walker’s and I’m becoming a sophomore this year. Being a Cicerone is a way to use our own experience to connect with new families. With the role of a Cicerone, I not only want to show families about our courses and co-curricula, I also want to show families the warmth at Walker’s.”


What is your favorite class, and why?

French, because we are usually in an All-English environment. French class is a chance for us to put ourselves into a new environment with a different language, and to learn and understand how language shows the different cultures of different countries.

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?

A unique experience I’ve had at Walker’s is the chamber ensemble, because I usually think of playing music as a large group where everyone is directed by the same director. When Ms. MacAlpine told us about creating a small chamber ensemble with no director and only seven people, I was so surprised and impressed that music can be demonstrated in so many ways.

What is your favorite part of your typical day at Walker’s? What do you look forward to every day?

My favorite part of a typical day at Walker’s are the co-curriculars, like sports after school every day and orchestra on Friday afternoons. Typically, we have classes in the morning; going to a co-curricular is a time when we get to relax and to take ourselves out of the books, especially at swimming and orchestra! Every time I get in the water or get into the music, I forget everything else and only focus on what I am doing.

What do you think is the biggest benefit of attending Walker’s?

Walker’s is a relatively small community compared to many schools. At Walker’s, a typical class is about 12 people. This enables everyone to get more attention and to get more involved in the big Walker’s family. It also makes it easier to find everyone’s own friend group.

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

I learned to cooperate. Before I came to Walker’s, I didn’t really get to see the benefits of teamwork. After I came here, I learned to cooperate with my roommate, my suite-mates, people in the same dorm as me, and people in the same class as me. I learned that working in groups is fun and efficient.

Is your family involved in the Walker’s community? If so, in what ways?

Yes. My family is involved in the Walker’s community because things like Walker’s Weekly are not only sent to us, but also sent to our parents. They get to know what’s happening currently at Walker’s, just like they are at our school, experiencing the same things as us.