Involvement: Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, WINGS, Poetry Club, Choir
“Hello! My name is Maddie, and I came to Walker’s in ninth grade as an international boarding student. I wanted to become a Cicerone because I wanted to step up and have a position of leadership but also because I wanted to become as involved as possible. I think it’s really important to be able to see our school from the best vantage point, that being a student’s point of view. I hope to be able to show visitors the family that we are, and that everybody has a place to fit in, no matter what.”
My favorite class is math because the teachers here make it extremely fun. I love how the classes are relaxed enough to feel comfortable not only asking questions but also helping other students. Being able to ask questions really adds to the experience of learning in math because you don’t feel dumb asking a question that could possibly help you figure the entire thing out.
Something that I was completely shocked by was the inclusivity of everyone. I am an international-American student here, yet I mostly hang out with day students! I was so surprised because this group of people took me in so easily and I feel involved in so many ways despite having experienced different views.
A typical day for me involves waking up around 6:30 a.m. (I am an early riser) and eating breakfast in Abra’s with Ari (we eat breakfast together every day). I go about my classes, stopping in between to talk to friends or grab a drink in the dining hall. After my classes are over, I go to the dance studios for my co-curricular, and then go to dinner afterwards. After dinner, I head back to the dorm and then comes study hall from 7:00-9:00 p.m. After that, we all hang out in the common room for a bit, and go to bed.
One of my favorite parts about being a boarder is being able to go out on the weekends. I have brothers who aren’t able to get out very often, so it’s amazing that I can go shopping on weekends or go to the mall.
Some advice I would give to an incoming student is to come prepared because the first week here! It’s a wild (but very fun) ride. After that, things calm down and you settle into a routine. Also ask other people where your classes are! The Beaver Brook building isn’t too confusing, but it’s symmetrical, so your art class might be on the other side of the building.
I think that the biggest benefit about attending Walker’s is the ability to reach out. Having problems with learning Physics? Not a problem — you can email a teacher and set up a time to meet up. Having trouble with keeping your grades up? You can meet with a peer tutor and they can help you out. Want to go to Starbucks next weekend? You can email Head of Weekend Activities and they might be able to arrange something.
It’s mind-blowing how quickly you adapt to Walker’s. I’ve grown to be able to accept challenges when it comes to classes and dance. I have also found that little freshman me was so much more emotionally out of control, and now I feel more mature. I have become more confident in my skills as a learner and a student.
Walker’s has helped me prepare by giving me so many opportunities to lead. There are also many chances to speak up and help out around the Walker’s community and beyond.
My favorite thing to do in my free time is to go walking in the woods or to go sit under a tree and draw. In the winter, I love playing in the snow (not much of that where I live) and in spring, splashing in the rain with my friends. Also in my free time, I like to go to the dorm common room and watch some movies with the fire on or go to the dance studio and lay on the dance floor listening to music.