What is it like to join WMS from the tiny island nation of St. Lucia? Meet our Ambassador, Rohan ’18, and learn more about WMS through his eyes.
Meet our Ambassador: Rohan Barthelmy-Alfred ‘18
How did you find your way to WMS?
Ayaka Okawa (Associate Director of Admission and Director of Multicultural Recruitment) sold me on WMS community when she visited my former school, Saint Mary’s College, last fall.
Describe your transition to WMS.
Coming from a day school in another part of the world with a strikingly different culture can make a change to any US boarding school emotionally difficult. However the staff members of our Student Assistance Program (SAP) were instrumental in helping me overcoming of those challenges.
What classes are you taking this fall?
I am currently taking Honors English II, Algebra I, French II, Honors World History II, Honors Chemistry, and Introduction to Theatre
What activities do you do outside of classes?
I am a “full time” dancer with the studio on our campus. That means that I am able to dance during all three seasons of sports. I love ballet most at WMS. I enjoy most the methodical nature of the dance genre. It gives me a chance to slow down and think and take stock of my body. It allows me to become very aware of how every muscle moves in relation to every other muscle in my body. –And it teaches me an uncontested level of self-control. I also write and perform poetry.
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Where is your favorite place on campus?
The Catherine Houghton Art Center is my favorite place. The building in itself is a work of art. Its stunning architecture is coupled with an awareness of the environment. I love the dance studio.
What are the most special characteristics of our School?
The most special aspect of our School is the community that exists here.
What have you learned about yourself at WMS?
I have learned how to be independent and resourceful.
Proudest accomplishment at WMS:
I presented an original piece of poetry at Morning Meeting this fall and the community gave me such a wonderful, genuine response. That was my proudest moment so far.
What are you going to miss the most about WMS when you move on to college?
I will miss most the close tight knit community.
What are your plans/hopes for the future? Have any opportunities at WMS helped form those plans and what were they?
I am not sure about my plans for the future yet, but I lead everyday ready for any opportunities I may stumble upon.
Who finds success at WMS? What is your advice for incoming students?
Anyone who is willing to find their comfort zone and then completely abandon it everyday is the type of person who finds success at WMS. To new students I would say, “come with an open mind and an equally open heart for all the people who will become part of your life- every facet of it.”