Meet Emma

Where are you from?

I am from St. Francis Bay, South Africa.

How did you first hear about Taft? 

My sister had attended summer school in 2018, which we heard about from family friends. She loved her experience so much and told me so many wonderful things about the school that I persuaded my parents to let me finish my high school career here!

Why did you choose Taft?

Taft has the perfect balance between academics and athletics. Being someone who values both my academics and athletics very highly, I knew that at Taft I would be able to excel and succeed in both. After seeing all that the school has to offer, I could tell Taft would be the place that would allow me to reach my full potential. 

What is it like to be an international student at Taft? 

Being an international student and being surrounded by other international students has allowed me to learn so much about other cultures. Not only am I able to share some knowledge about where I come from, but I have also been able to learn from other students from all over the world. The community at Taft is so diverse yet also so inclusive, everyone has a sense of belonging. Taft truly does become your home away from home and you constantly have support from all your peers and faculty. 

What activities do you participate in on campus?

I have been lucky enough to be part of the varsity field hockey team and I am looking forward to being part of the Track team in the Spring. I have also joined the African Student Alliance group as well a relatively new club, which is the Environmental Conservation Club. I love watching sports games and supporting my friends in what they do. 

What has been your favorite class at Taft so far?

AP Environmental Science has been my favorite class. I enjoyed this class because I have been able to learn so many new things and get a better understanding of the world around me. We go on day trips and do labs where we test what we have learned and expand our understanding of the topic.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the Jig because I love hanging out with friends and seeing people who I don’t have classes with.

What has been your most memorable Taft moment? 

My most memorable Taft moment has to be when we played Loomis in field hockey under the lights. This was one of our tougher games, but with all the energy and cheering on the side of the field we were able to pull off a big win!

What do you love most about Taft?

The energy, the drive and the encouragement to always do better, and seek new avenues. I love the way I am learning to think about so many topics. Taft has such a talented body of students, and I thrive off the excellence that is on offer everywhere. There is a real sense of family here, and that is important, as mine are really far away.

What does it mean to be a Rhino?

Being a Rhino means being part of a family that wants you to do the best you possibly can do. You never give up and always give your best, with the support of all of those who surround you. Being a Rhino means embracing every opportunity open to me, whether that's sport, friends, or academics.  I am so grateful to be able to be part of this community because it has pushed me to give my all and always be open to taking on something new.