Meet Truus

Where are you from?

I am from Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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

I have been on varsity field hockey, lacrosse and ice hockey since freshman year. I am fortunate enough to be captain for all three sports in my senior year, this year. I have been an upper school dorm monitor in my upper mid and senior year here. I have been on my grade's class committee since freshman year, and was elected to be a school monitor for my senior year. 

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

My favorite class at Taft was biology. I took bio my upper mid year and I learned the most I have learned from any class here; I also really enjoyed it. I do not usually love science, so it was surprising how much I liked it. On the arts side of the classes I took, photography was my favorite. We got assigned a camera, and were able to use the darkroom to develop our pictures.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is definitely a common one, Jig Patio. It offers the most perfect view of campus, overlooking the pond and all of the buildings. I love it in the spring when everyone is so happy to finally have nice weather, so during every break, lunch block, or any free time it is packed with students. The sun sets right over the pond, making the perfect view at night. Then when it is dark, the firepit on the patio is the perfect place to be!

What has been your most memorable Taft moment?

My most memorable Taft moment was winning the NEPSAC Championship this past fall with my field hockey team. We had lost in the finals the year before, so the win was that much better. We had an undefeated season, but the best part was my team. It was such a kind, fun, hardworking group of girls. Lifting the gold trophy all together was unforgettable.

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

Some advice I would give to a new Taft student is to enjoy every little thing. Time here really does go by so fast. I feel as though I was just a new lower mid starting high school, and now I am a second semester senior! Go to every dance, game or school event, because you only have so many to experience. Everything is fun if you make it fun!

What does it mean to be a Rhino?

To be a Rhino means to become the best version of yourself. It means to support each other through all of our ups and downs. It means to always be kind to ourselves and others. It means to push ourselves out of our comfort zone and be vulnerable. We are all so lucky to be Rhinos!