Going to Westminster was a great experience for me. I was on the varsity baseball and basketball teams, and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. I didn’t try out for the Hamilton baseball or basketball team this semester, but I am seriously thinking about doing so next year. My classes were challenging, but I really learned how to deal with a heavy workload at Westminster and I was very prepared for Hamilton. I did several extracurricular activities, but the most important to me was the community service club I was in.
I came to campus for my tour with no expectations; I was barely familiar with the school. I liked the atmosphere immediately, and I liked the simple layout of the campus. Alex Gross took my family and I on a tour, and he did a great job. As we walked throughout campus the people seemed genuinely nice, which made an impact on my decision to come here. Now, I still feel that the campus is beautiful, even in the snow, and I still find that the students at Hamilton are very accepting and nice.
I grew up in Torrington, which is a small city in northwestern Connecticut. I loved growing up in Torrington and I have many great friends from there. My life at home was great; my parents are both very loving and supportive. Unfortunately, Torrington’s high school is not very good academically and does not have a very good atmosphere. I was very fortunate to get into a nearby prep school, Westminster, where I received a great education that might not have been available to me otherwise.
After Hamilton, I want to get a job involving math. I am very interested in becoming a college professor and doing research, possibly at Hamilton. Being an actuary interests me as well, but I haven’t decided what I want to have as a job after Hamilton. I do know that after I graduate, I want to travel. I would love to go to Europe. I don’t want end up living too far from my hometown, I love my big family and I don’t think I want to get too far away from them.
I participated in Hamilton Serves this fall. My group of volunteers went to a library where we cleaned, organized books, and helped to paint several rooms. The library staff was very thankful for our work. The most rewarding part was definitely the gratitude that the head librarian expressed. She took our picture and put us on their website and thanked us over and over again. It was a great experience and one that has made me want to volunteer more at Hamilton.
"Closing Time" by Semisonic
Seeing Voices, by Oliver Sacks
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn
Sports, juggling, making videos, things involving coordination
Watching TJ Miller perform
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – from Coach Carter