Talia G. ’23

Talia G. ’23

West Hartford, CT


Day Student

Involvement: Dance, Co-Head of Cicerones, Co-Head of Jewish Student Union, Co-Head of VITA, Writing Fellow

“Hi! My name is Talia and I started at Walker’s as a seventh grader. I love being a Cicerone because it gives me the opportunity to connect with different students and families from all over. One of the my favorite things that stands out at Walker’s is the community which is filled with each individuals personal experiences. Being a Cicerone, I am able to see first hand how your story can become part of the Walker’s community!”

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is Advanced Topics in US History because it pushed me to become a more confident writer and researcher. The class gave me the opportunity to research what I was interested in and become an expert in that area. Clarky, the teacher also provided support in our process of writing papers as long as 20 pages. I think this class not only prepared me for college courses but also showed me a new love I have for history and research.

What is a unique experience you’ve had at Walker’s that you didn’t think you’d be involved in when arriving here?

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is something unique to Walker’s that I believe I would never experience anywhere else. This opportunity allowed me to learn the rules and laws of how to do a tax preparation in order to help the outer community. This free program for undeserved communities is so impactful and I am able to gain knowledge about taxes while aiding those in need.

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

I look forward to engaging in classroom discussions with my classmates and teachers. Due to the small class size environment, everyone has the opportunity to voice their ideas and thoughts. I also enjoy the relationships I have with my teachers and the ability to ask for extra help and their time, knowing they are more than happy to help me.

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

My advice to incoming Walker’s students would be to try everything! The Walker’s community has so many opportunities to engage and participate in that are unique to our school. You might find yourself doing something you never thought about doing.

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

The all-girls atmosphere was the biggest benefit to me starting at Walker’s. Immediately, I saw a difference in my confidence within and out of the classroom. The close community made it easy for me to ask for help and to make friends.

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

Academically I have since myself grow throughout the six years I have been at Walker’s. I have learned how to write research papers, lead a class discussion on a book, and how to do a tritiation in a Chemistry lab. My knowledge in every area has greatly been expanded and I have been able to dive deeper into areas that I am more interested in such as science.

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

As I go into my senior year, I think Walker’s has prepared me for college in so many ways. It has given me the confidence as a woman to ask for help when I need and not be afraid to ask questions. Walker’s has been there by my side through the whole process guiding me to be the best version of myself.

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

I love to travel with my family and friends in my free time! I also love to ski during the winter; I spend most of my winters in Vermont with my family!