Meet Chiya! She is a boarding student in her first year at Oldfields and is one of our student ambassadors. In a recent interview, Chiya gives us some insight into what it was like to join the Oldfields community.
Q. You have only been an Oldfields student for half a year, but do you think you have changed since being here?
I think I have! My confidence has grown. I used to be really nervous about talking to new people, but I’m less nervous now. I think when you surround yourself with people who are good at something, like talking to new people, it makes it a lot easier. I have lots of role models.
Q. Who are your "go-to" people at Oldfields?
There are some teachers I got to know very quickly—Mr. Doherty, my advisor, and Ms. Hammond, my dance teacher. I don’t find them intimidating, and they’re just really easy to talk to. When I got injured during cross country and wasn’t able to dance or run, Ms. Hammond knew how to make me feel better about the whole situation. As for students, I can count on my roommate Mia '23, as well as Claire '20 who is the All-School President. She really does try to get to know everyone! Claire W. '20 is also a great person to turn to when I need to talk. I am going to miss the seniors when they graduate.
I love biology! Specifically, the heredity unit that we worked on in February. I like learning about how different genes and traits are passed on to the next generation.