March 2023 Alumni Spotlight
Hometown: Pomfret, CT
Currently Living In: Chelsea, Manhattan (New York City)
WA Class of: 2015
Best WA Memory: All the memories from playing volleyball, ski club trips to Wachusett, going to proms and homecomings, attending sporting events, etc. A memory that will always stand out is winning the ECC volleyball championships against East Lyme in 2012.
Favorite Teacher: It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I always enjoyed Spanish with Mrs. Thibodeau. Also, I was fortunate to do an independent study my senior year with my volleyball coach, Mr. Bottone--working with him off-the-court was an amazing experience (and on-the-court too, of course).
After Graduation: I attended college at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. At Salve, I played volleyball and studied Administration of Justice, which is essentially “pre-law,” and took various electives that piqued my interest and would best prepare me for law school.
Today: I’m busy, but I wouldn’t change a thing! I graduated from law school last June, took and passed the Uniform Bar Exam last July, and now I practice real estate law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP in its New York City office. I will be sworn into the New York Bar in a few short weeks and then will officially be a lawyer. On the weekdays, I work on some of the most exciting and sky-line altering real estate projects in Manhattan and around the world, alongside an amazing group of people. On the weekends, I go out with friends, see my family whenever possible, and make sure to save some downtime for myself.
WA Takeaways: It’s up to you to take advantage of the opportunities that WA presents you, and if and when you do, it will pay off--you never know who you might meet, what you might learn, or the incredible memories you might takeaway.
Advice for Future Centaurs: Be prepared to be challenged but know that there is no better high school that will prepare you for college or whatever your next steps might be--there is something for everyone at WA and it is up to you to take advantage of that. WA prepared me for college better than I ever could have imagined. Being a student-athlete at WA taught me to manage my time and prioritize, and WA’s block-scheduling and challenging curriculum truly minimized the educational adjustment in college.