Talia G. ’23

Talia G. ’23

West Hartford, CT


Day Student

Involvement: Co-head of Jewish Student Union, Dance, VITA, Big/Little Program, and White Anti-Racist Group member

“I transitioned into the Walker’s community as a seventh grader and was able to quickly jump into all of the amazing opportunities the school offered. As a Cicerone, I am able to represent Walker’s and show prospective families how this special place has impacted me and helped me grow not only as a student but as a person. I view Walker’s as my family and I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to share that with others on my tours!”

What is your favorite class, and why?

My favorite class was 10th grade Honors English because it pushed me in all aspects. Not only did we focus on our writing but we practiced oral presentations which is a skill I don’t often think about. The class also consisted of open discussions which allowed everyone’s voices to be heard and to learn not only from our teacher, Clarky, but also from my classmates. I also appreciated how our teacher worked hard to make the best out of distance learning by using all the features – such as breakout rooms – to our advantage.

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

I have had the unique opportunity to participate in VITA, a community partnership that aids those in the Greater Hartford region that need support with their taxes. I never imagined I would learn about all of the different aspects about taxes and actually learn the process in which they work. VITA has offered me the ability to come together with the Walker’s community and accomplish something bigger than just us. We are able to connect with those in need and be able to make a difference for them.

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

Before coming to Walker’s, I had very low confidence in the classroom and out. Since arriving at Walker’s, I have gained the ability to speak my voice because I feel so safe and supported by everyone in the community. I have learned to not be afraid to ask questions or admit that I need help because the teacher’s goal is to have you succeed and grow. The teachers and students are right alongside you rooting for you to be the best version of yourself.