Olivia J. ’22

Olivia J. ’22

Bennington, VT


Boarding Student

Involvement: Proctor; Writing Fellow; Head of Debate Club, Drama Club, White Anti-Racist Group, and Justice League; Theater; JV Tennis

“Hi! I’m Olivia, a senior at Walker’s. I’m also a proctor in our Middle School and freshman dorm, New Dorm. I chose Walker’s for our uniquely inclusive culture of kindness, which I can’t wait to show you!”

What is your favorite class, and why?

My favorite class is Advanced Topics in U.S. History because it challenged me every day to think in new ways about history. I also grew immensely as a writer, and now understand how to plan, research, and execute large-scale research papers.

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?

This past year, I was part of the Honors Research Seminar, a class in which we were able to do actual scientific research on bacteria. I worked in a BSL-2 (biosafety level 2) lab three times a week, which is incredibly rare for high school students.

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

I’ve never been anywhere where the teachers are as invested in my success as they are at Walker’s. I know that in any of my classes, I can stay after to ask questions or reach out for extra help. More often than not, I’ll reach out to my teachers just to learn more about the subject of a lecture, and I know they’re always happy to tell me more.

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

Every morning, waiting for my friends to get to my dorm so we can walk to Abra’s together for breakfast. It’s small, but I love the routine I’ve built in this community.