Marylou Marcus | December 19, 2014
Why are you a Walnut Hill School for the Arts tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Walnut Hill that motivates to share it with prospective students?
"I am a tour guide at Walnut Hill because my family and I had lots of questions about this school during the application process, and I really wanted to help other families and students like me feel comfortable about this school through fun and thorough tours. I really love Walnut Hill and want everyone to love it as much as me!
It's also a really great feeling to see students who toured or shadowed with me as my classmates this year and really loving this place. Tour guides/shadow students/student buddies also really help new students feel comfortable meeting new people their first days here because they've already met a couple friends.
The thing I think is really great about Walnut Hill is that it is really a place for all students to blossom. An equal stress is put upon arts and academic education, and it really ties together well, making students intuitive, active, artistic, and sensitive members of society no matter what they decide to do after graduation.
I love my arts classes especially because at home (Kearney, Nebraska), the focus is only on sports; athletes are highly admired by their teachers and with varsity teams and different levels of competition and always have opportunities to move ahead in what they love.
...At Walnut Hill, I can not only take theory, solfège, and ear training classes, I am pushed in them and make progress every day. I am able to be surrounded by other passionate singers who inspire me, and my teacher, Angela Gooch is absolutely amazing, and I have grown so much in my lessons with her.
Going to school right outside of Boston has also been amazing for seeing music performances. Before going to the summer opera program here, I hand't seen a single opera. Now I've seen ten. I sat just a few feet from Marilyn Horne at a masterclass, had amazing free seats at a Deborah Voigt recital at Symphony Hall, and got to meet an opera singer I had admired for a while, and now we keep in touch by email.
I have felt the same way about all my academic classes here as well. At Walnut Hill, the students learn to learn, and not to test. All the teachers are really invested in the well being of their students, and are amazing members of society as well. In my full immersion french classes, I have made incredible progress and understand a good amount of french. I cannot wait to see how my French will be going senior year! In humanities, I learned how to really be a creative thinker, and find new and intuitive ideas about any topic. In my science class, our teacher is really engaging with hands on learning, and she'll answer any of our random science-related questions. My math classes use great technology that help my understanding of lessons and make studying and homework clear and organized.
As you may assume, I am incredibly thankful to the Walnut Hill admissions office for making it possible for me to go here. My family received as much financial aid as we needed, and the admissions office talked to us and took into consideration personal circumstances that don't show on paper. This is a great example of just one of the ways this school is amazing.
This is why I want to share it with prospective students, because I know it [Walnut Hill] will change their life. I've learned incredible things, gained many new life skills, and met who I know will be my best friends for the rest of my life."