Hometown: Bronx, NY
Dorm on campus: Van der Porten Hall
Dream job: Doctor
How did you hear about Cheshire Academy?
I heard about Cheshire Academy through the Boys Club I belonged to at home, and an Admission Officer interviewed me there.
What are some of your extracurricular activities?
Candy Club (we sit down and test out different candy, and then vote on the best!) Cross-country/track, and Basketball.
What class or extracurricular activity means the most to you?
I really love my French class because it’s a language that is important to me. I visit my relatives in Mali on the Ivory Coast--who speak French--and now I can speak with them.
What brought you to Cheshire Academy? Did you want to attend initially?
My family let me choose what school I wanted to attend, and I chose Cheshire. I thought it looked like a really nice campus. In my old school, the teachers didn’t really know me. Here, we’re on a first name basis! It’s just a great, close community.
What are a few words you would use to describe Cheshire Academy?
Surprising, but calming. Like home.
What are the people like at Cheshire Academy? Students? Faculty?
The students are mature, loud, funny and diverse. Any you can be friends with anyone here—you just have to be open.
I really like the teachers, they understand how the students feel and what they’re interested in learning.
How would you describe your classes? What is your favorite class? Does any specific project or lesson stand out in your mind?
My chemistry class is really interesting because we do a lot of hands-on experiments. My math homework is challenging, but it helps me to prepare.
How have you grown most as a person during your time here?
There are a lot of stereotypes out there. But when I came to Cheshire Academy and met so many types of different people, they broke the stereotypes. Everyone is different, but we all connect. I’ve learned a lot about cultures here.
How do you usually spend your weekends at Cheshire Academy? What's a favorite event you attended?
I hang out in the field house and student center a lot, and take weekend trips to the mall, paintball, and laser tag. We went to Six Flags once, and that was one of the best trips. I get to experience a lot being here.
What has surprised you most about being a student at CA?
How easy it was to make friends in such a diverse place. On the first day I moved in, I was sitting at my desk in my room and a bunch of students having a water balloon fight ended up running into my room, splashing all over the place. We have been friends ever since.
What advice would you give prospective students about coming to CA?
If you come to Cheshire Academy, you just have to let go of everything you knew before and try to experience what’s going on in the moment. I’ve learned so much from all of the different people and cultures around me, and I know it will help me in life.