Meet Marlon Andrew ’19

New student, Marlon Andrew, is right at home in her first year at WMS. Read on to learn more about her transition to boarding school and all of the things she loves about being a WMS student!

How did you find your way to WMS?
I chose to come to WMS for many reasons, but there are a few that are more important to me. I liked that WMS had an amazing academics program but also had so many options for sports. I also liked that the classes are small so I can always participate and have hands-on learning experiences.

Describe your transition to boarding school at WMS.
I think that going on my Orientation Trip and participating in Community Weekend really helped me transition to WMS. The Orientation Trip helped me meet new people and feel welcome into the WMS community. Community Weekend let me relax and do fun things with the new friends I had made. Going down the giant slip and slide with almost the whole student body was defiantly the highlight.

What classes are you taking this fall?
I am taking Geometry, English I, French II, Biology, World History I and A Cappella.

What activities do you do outside of classes?
I am part of the mountain bike team and our Spectrum Alliance Club. I am planning to do basketball in the winter and lacrosse or whitewater kayaking in the spring.

What is your favorite class and why do you love it?
My favorite class is World History I. I have always really liked history and I’m not quite sure why. It might be because everything in history, since it has already happened and can not be changed, is like a bunch of amazing stories.

Best dining hall item or meal?
Waffles with strawberries and whipped cream at breakfast

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is the top of Hood’s Hill because it so peaceful up there. You also have a beautiful view of the mountains. Sometimes I go up there and read a book or listen to music.

What are the most special characteristics of our School?
I think the most special characteristic of WMS is that it works to help students apply what they are learning in class to the real world.

As a ninth grader, you seem to have settled in well at WMS. What is your advice for other incoming students?
I think people that are willing to try new things find success at WMS. Some advice for incoming students is not to be too nervous, I know you will be, I certainly was. You’ll find that once you’re at WMS you can doing things you thought you may never get the chance to do. You get to try new things in and outside of the classroom. Whether you are doing an experiment in science class or going whitewater kayaking as your spring sport.

What have you learned about yourself at WMS so far?
I have learned that I am capable of a lot more than thought. I now know I am capable of going whitewater kayaking and rafting and I can also be keeping up and doing well in all of my classes.

What do you think you will miss the most about WMS when you move on to college?
I think I will miss the people at WMS the most. Everyone is amazing, the teachers are helpful and I feel comfortable asking questions in class. The friends I have made will be irreplaceable, I have only known these people for a few months, but I know I will miss them so much when college comes around the corner.

Thank you for taking the time to share some thoughts with us, Marlon. We hope you enjoy the upcoming break, and we look forward to seeing you on campus again soon!

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