Involvement: Daemon Editor, Ski Team, Grapes
“I entered the Walker’s community last year when I was a junior. Before I came to Walker’s my family and I lived overseas in Hong Kong and Tokyo for a combined 14 years. I came to Walker’s as an international student from a school in Hong Kong. I hope to give prospective families and students a glimpse of what this close-knit community means to me and what it could possibly mean for them. No matter who you are or what your interests or hobbies are, there is a place for you here that will fully embrace your uniqueness.”
I came to Walker’s wanting to further my hobby of creative writing but being a little bit worried about sharing my writing with others. With the help and encouragement of my senior mentor and English teacher, I got involved in Daemon, Walker’s literary magazine, and also submitted my creative writing to various contests and literary journals. I always wanted to further my love of writing prior to coming to Walker’s but never thought I would be brave enough to submit my writing and be a part of a group of fellow creative writers.
I would say that it is important for incoming students to be open-minded and assertive: Open-minded because your experience here at Walker’s should be about exploring different subjects and activities rather than perfecting one subject or activity. For example, just because you don’t consider yourself very athletic doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider getting involved in athletics. You get far more out of your experience here if you don’t box yourself into a category. Incoming students should also be assertive because often there are very unique opportunities at Walker’s that require you to show interest and seek them out during your time here.
I think the confidence I have gained here as a student and an overall person will help prepare me for college and my professional career, where it is crucial to know your worth and value as a student and person. My teachers, advisors, and friends at Walker’s have all helped me realize just what I am capable of and this will help me know where and how to challenge myself in the future.