Meet Sydney

Where are you from?

I'm from Woodbury, Connecticut.

What kinds of things have you been involved in during your time at Taft?

I run cross country in the fall, am on the ski team in the winter, and row crew in the spring. I also currently captain our Math, Cross-Country, and Crew Teams, and am a dorm monitor and school monitor. In the past I've taught I-block, run our mental health awareness club (Every Mind Matters), participated in the Global Leadership Institute (GLI), and been on class committee.

What was your favorite class (or classes) at Taft?

Uncontested, my most memorable class was my freshman year World History Foundations class with Mr. Taylor. Mr. Taylor is known for his witty sense of humor and uncanny ability to make any stale ancient battle fascinating. He encouraged our class to annotate as much as humanly possible, famously rejecting any form of highlighting. I also am enjoying my American Government and Politics class this year with Mr. Antonucci, and my Inquiry in Biology class with Dr. Benedict!

What is your favorite spot on campus?

It's a three-way-tie between the small booths on the left side of Prentice Dining Hall, the downhill on the cross-country course, and the Moorhead Academic Center.

What is one piece of advice you’d give new or prospective Taft students?

Make it a priority to call your family, go to breakfast, and have time for just yourself. It's amazing how the rest of the pieces will fall into place. 

What does it mean to be a Rhino?

Being a Rhino means trying your best to do the right thing, appreciating your incredible opportunities, and contributing to something bigger than yourself.