Makayla N. ’25

Makayla N. '25

Makayla N. '25

Westfield, MA


Day Student

Involvement: Equestrian Team, Basketball, Swim Team

“As a freshman, I entered a new environment of The Ethel Walker School. The experience of a new school, new environment, new town, society, and for some even a new state may be very stressful, however my first days at Walker’s were all but stressful. I was entering the school with a huge feeling of a relief that I found a place that was just perfect for me: warm and welcoming, making me feel confident and eager, challenging me and providing academic nourishment. All these positive feelings did not come from reading about the school or doing online research; these were ignited by the Walker’s Cicerone during my in-person visit. The Cicerone was super friendly, welcoming, well-spoken, and well rounded. She was very patient with my questions and helped me understand that Walker’s is truly special and cares for each and every one of us. Now, it is my turn to answer all questions and make the potential new students feel like they are joining a caring family and help them make the right choice.”

What is your favorite class and why?

I enjoy math since it challenges me and helps me with my analytical thinking. I find it not only important academically but it is also used in everyday life everywhere you turn.

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?

Before coming into Walker’s, I never thought that some classes don’t require textbooks. When I discovered that in my science class we wouldn’t be using textbooks, I felt a few emotions; excitement, interest, and confusion. I loved the idea of no textbooks but I had the question in the back of my mind: “how would this work?” When I arrived in my science class, I was amazed how easily Physics was taught without any books, with hands-on experience, and logically illustrated examples. I am sure this material will stick with me for the rest of my life.

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

Every day I look forward to my classes, learning new things, being challenged, and expressing my opinions on various subjects. I appreciate the approach the teachers have and encourage us to be individual thinkers, as well as be able to be collaborative contributors to team assignments.

What advice would you give to an incoming Walker’s student?

I would recommend to stay on top of your academic assignments and don’t be afraid to pursue your interests to the fullest. Explore your creativity and find friends of similar interests that will help you progress to the next level. Lastly, if you feel in need of help, don’t be shy to ask; there are many resources. Advisors, teachers, and peers are always happy to help.

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

Walker’s offers many resources, a great education, and a wide variety of sports and extracurricular programs. Don’t forget, we are an all-girls school and we don’t judge each other; therefore, the environment is super friendly and we are just like sisters.

How do you feel you have grown (academically, emotionally, mentally) since your first day at Walker’s?

I feel like I found my inner voice, I built my confidence, I learned to listen to others, and acknowledge and accept the differences of opinions. I feel like every day I am getting more prepared for the adult life.

How do you think Walker’s has prepared you for your future?

Walker’s provides a great academic program, builds my confidence, nourishes my interests, and teaches me to respect others.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

I love to spend time with my friends and visit the barn. When I get a chance, I go in my free blocks to free ride. I also love taking pictures, which I learned through taking the photography program at Walker’s.