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Patricia '17

Patricia
Boarder
Darien, Connecticut
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Why Westover?

“I wanted to be in a community of girls who were really passionate about what they do. I have found that every girl here cares – and cares deeply – about what they do here, whether it is academics, athletics, music, or the arts. As a result, I am inspired to work harder every day when I see my peers working so hard.”


What are your interests?

“I am a proctor in the dorm. I have taken part in the Outdoor program. I have taken part in the Theatre program – I was Laertes in last spring’s production of Hamlet and I had two supporting roles in last winter’s Rent. I have also played on several sports teams. I write letters for the Amnesty International chapter, perform in the Westover Handbell Ensemble, and I try to go on as many community service trips as I can.”

What do you feel like you get from Westover’s program?

“From Outdoor, I learned a lot about what physical strengths I didn’t know I had. From the Technical Theatre Program I have learned so much about basic skills that people should know: how to use a drill and which drill to use, how to use a saw. And I discovered that participating in theatre is similar to playing sports: you form a tight-knit group with your fellow techies and on opening night of the show you get a rush that is similar to what happens when you have a game.

As for being First Head of Dorcas, I learned about management and fundraising, about how to work with my peers and how to get projects done. We gained experience by talking with businesses and by working with faculty on planning and scheduling work for Dorcas.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“The connections I have made with my peers. Westover creates an environment where I know that everyone cares about me.”

Favorite Class:

“I have loved all my Latin and History classes, especially any history classes taught by Laura Swarz-Burt.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Ignore your fear and just go for what you want to try as a Westover student. Don’t waste time wishing you had tried something here. Instead, just make it happen. If you want to be in Gospel Choir or a member of The Lantern Magazine staff, or if you want to run for Dorcas Head or West Head, or if you want to push yourself to get that A in a particular subject. Don’t wish for it to happen, don’t be afraid to act. Go for it!”

One Word To Describe Westover:

"Joyful."

Joli '17

Joli '17
Boarder
New York, New York

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Why Westover?

“At first, I thought I was only coming here because my sister was a student here and that I was following in her footsteps. Instead, I discovered I came here to find my independence and self-confidence. I really feel that I opened up as a person here, that I am not afraid to speak my mind.”

What are your interest?

“I have been a member of the Volleyball program all four years and am a Tri-Captain on the Varsity team this year. I have been a member of the JV Basketball team and was a member of the Outdoor program from my freshmen through junior years. I was on The Lantern Magazine board last year and one of the editors this year. I was First Head of Overs during my junior year and am one of the Sitdown Dinner Heads this year.”

What Signature Programs have you participated in?

“I have been a member of the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Program and will be graduating from the WISE program at the end of this year.”

“Sports are special for me. Not only because I love the game but I love how sports break the boundaries between grades and social groups, because as teammates we all the love the sport we are playing. We become this close-knit.”

“I never thought I was good enough to write poetry, but it’s all about how much dedication you have. I see a huge gap when I compare my freshmen year poetry and the poetry I write now. If you have the will to improve, you discover that you have the skill to improve.”

“I appreciate being a part or the WISE Program because there would never have been another possibility to try the things that I tried in WISE. I hope to study Astrophyics in college – we’ll see how that works out! What I love about the WISE program is that is letting me seize that dream that I would have otherwise never known that I had.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“Last year’s Over German gave me my absolute favorite memory. As the First Head of Overs, there was the moment I was out on the stage in front of the Seniors and I was supposed to be serious. But then, I heard one of the seniors crack a joke about my shoes, and I had to laugh. There was so much joy in that moment. I will never forget it.”

Favorite Class:

“Every class gives me something that I really like. Latin III and Latin IV in my freshman and sophomore years were hard, but I absolutely love the language. I love speaking it, I love translating it. It’s like solving a puzzle. Even though I completed all my classes in Latin, I still love it.”

“I love everything about Physics. I love trying to understand things that I can’t explain at first, and then there is that moment when you finally do get it. It’s like a new discovery. It’s a great feeling.”

“I really love Ceramics. I didn’t know I was going to get that passionate about it. But it calls for two of the skills I have it: Observation – I really pay attention to things – and I really love working with my hands. It’s really nifty to create things out of clay, to see them take shape. It is really so rewarding.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Do not be afraid to speak what is on your mind. When you speak your mind, you may be shot down; when you try to do new things, you may fail. But when you look back, you will see how much you have grown from the experience. It is essential to your future self.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

"Self-sustaining".

Niki '19

Niki '19
Boarder
Inner Mongolia, China

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Why Westover?

“I liked the feeling of community that I felt when I first visited Westover. There was a feeling of warmth here. I went all over the campus and I felt so comfortable with the architecture of the buildings. And Westover’s dorm is so special. I had visited other schools and their dorms were in separate buildings, but at Westover the dorm is in the main building. I like that I can go downstairs from my dorm room and go the dining room. It feels like a home to me. And our students are so awesome.

Even though I am an international student, I don’t feel that there is a distance separating me from the American students who are here. We are all so close. Finally, the courses here are challenging, and that is exactly what I am trying to pursue in high school.”

What are your interests?

“I play both Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Tennis, and I want to do a Volleyball club in the winter term. I also am a member of the United Kingdom Club. I have Hong Kong citizenship, and so that gives me a historic connection to Great Britain. I am in Handbells as well.”

“I loved going apple picking several times last year for community service. It can be both relaxing and work, so you are both having fun and helping people at the same time, because the apples we pick go to the Connecticut Food Bank. And you get to eat apples while you are picking them!”

“I am in the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. I took Advanced Placement Computer Science, Robotics, and Engineering Design courses. It is a new opportunity for me. I would never had been able to study robotics if I weren’t in the class, and I now know how to do computer programming. I know how to use Java and create cool things, and I even know something about how to design a building.”

What’s your favorite Westover memory?

“I have a lot of great memories, but my favorite was Sports Camp at the beginning of the school year. It can be pretty tiring, but when you are doing a sport that you really love, it is a nice way to start off your school year. And I love Candlelight, with everyone dressed in our uniforms and the beautiful music.”

What’s your favorite class?

“I loved my freshman history and English classes. Laura Swarz-Burt was my history teacher and she is so passionate about everything. The way she teaches history makes it all so interesting, with activities and videos. And Christopher Sweeney was my English teacher. I loved his classroom in the Library. It is so sweet. And I love the way he teaches. When he taught us The Odyssey he can really bring you into the story. I felt I was part of The Odyssey for the whole year.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“This advice is for international students: Don’t take naps when you first come back here and have jet lag. Just get through the first week back without napping and it will be easier.”

One word to describe Westover?

"Diverse".

Lydia '18

Lydia '18
Day Student
Litchfield

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Why Westover?

“When I walked in the door, I felt a sense of community. Everyone seemed so nice and accepting and made me feel welcome.”

Sports:

Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Swimming, JV Tennis

Community Service:

"Connecticut Food Bank, Children’s Community School (Waterbury) both as a penpal and participant in Community Service Day activities. “We got to meet and play with the students from the Children’s Community School. We played basketball, jumped in the bouncy house, did face painting – it was cool.”

Signature Programs:

Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

What do you feel like you get from Westover’s program?

“I have wanted to be a doctor since I have been in the 6th grade, so it is great being in the WISE program. Because of the Physical and Structural Engineering class, I was able to help build a cardboard boat take part in a boat race across the pond. In the spring I took Introduction to Computer Science. I’m looking forward to taking the WISE electives.”

“This year I tried Cross Country for the first time. I was nervous about it, but Kate Seyboth was a very good coach, so I really liked it. I have been swimming competitively since I was really young, but our coach, Kati Eggert, made it a point to push me to a higher level.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“Elections. As a new girl sophomore last year, it was exciting to run for West Head, and to be selected made me feel really welcome in the community and to become part of a tradition that goes back to the founding of the School. We were given journals that have been handed down by West Heads from year to year. To read something in a journal that a West Head wrote in 1914 is amazing.”

Favorite Class:

“Honors Chemistry … I like Jana Dunbar so much as a teacher. It’s really, really hard, but once you figure something out it is such a rewarding feeling.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“Be yourself and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there when you are meeting new people, because people here are wonderful. Try new things; I wouldn’t have run for West Head if I didn’t have the confidence I got from connecting to people here.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

"Home".

Sofiya '17

Sofiya '17
Boarder
Moscow, Russia

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Why Westover?

“I wanted to go to school in America and I knew that Westover was academically rigorous.”

Sports:

JV Tennis (two years), Varsity Tennis (one year), Zumba, Aerobics, Yoga

Positions & Activities:

  • History Representative for Student Academic Committee
  • News Decoder
  • Westover African Latina Student Association
  • French Club
  • NextGenVest program through Invest In Girls

Community Service:

  • Dorcas Fair
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Signature Programs:

Women in Science & Engineering (WISE)

Invest in Girls (IIG)

What do you feel like you get from Westover’s program?

“WISE classes can expand your knowledge of engineering, computer programming, and other fields and expose you to the kinds of work you might pursue later on. I already know how to write an app that I could sell someday.”

“Invest In Girls gives you a basic knowledge of finance and includes field trips to firms like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs and introduces you to professionals. I can talk to my IIG mentor about my future and she can serve as an introduction to internships and other contacts. IIG can really expand your circle and connections.”

Favorite Westover Memory:

“My favorite memories of Westover are the times when we all get back from break and all the girls are so excited and happy to see one another. It shows how close we all have grown to be over the years and how unnatural it is for us to be apart.”

Favorite Class:

“I don’t just have one: Advanced Placement U.S. History, Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, Honors Pre-Calculus Plus Calculus, Advanced Placement BC Calculus.”

What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshman?

“It can be tough, but it’s worth it.”

One Word To Describe Westover:

"Growth".