Abi joined the Admission Team in October of 2020 after working in Walker’s External Affairs Office as a Web Migration Specialist on the development of Walker’s new website. Abi graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018, where she studied Communication and was able to spend a semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Prior to coming to Walker’s, Abi worked at UConn in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences planning and promoting events, curating social media pages, and editing departmental web pages.
The most rewarding part about working at Walker’s is feeling included in every aspect of the community. From my first day working at Walker’s, there’s never been a doubt about feeling respected, and just as important of a community member as anyone else at the school. I remember I was introduced to the entire body of faculty and staff on my first day, and was greeted by a huge round of applause by folks I’d just met. In the days following, I never passed a person without being given an introduction or at least a “hi, how are you?” It gave me the feeling like I was exactly where I was meant to be. I see students do this to each other, too, and it makes me feel as though everyone at Walker’s genuinely cares about the person next to them.
If I were to give a piece of advice to an incoming student, it would be to always remember that every student at the school was in the exact same spot you were in, only a few months or years before you. All the students you see that seem well-acclimated, holding leadership positions, or with a big network of friends were at one time a new student who didn’t know anyone. It was only after jumping into trying something new and not being afraid to fail that they’re where they are today. At Walker’s, you’ll always have someone standing behind you, waiting to support your every success and every “try again” moment.
Dogswood Day! Seeing everyone dressed up in their Suns or Dials colors proves how involved the whole school community is in this day of fun. Watching faculty, staff, and students get so enthusiastic about the day, even if over Zoom, is so much fun and I can’t wait for the next one! Go Suns!