Mabel Silva ’16
Currently Attending: Trinity College
Years at Shipley: 4
Activities & Positions Held: Admissions Ambassador, Lacrosse Team Manager, S.U.R.E, Upper School Summer Bridge Program, Shipley School Enrichment Camp Counselor, Positive Paws; JV Volleyball Co-Captain
Coming to Shipley from a similarly small school that I had gone to all of my life was definitely a nerve-wracking experience. I was a very reserved and shy ninth grader upon my arrival, but within my first day at orientation, I felt very welcomed within the community. My grade level dean immediately knew my name before I had even been introduced to her and she led me to a group of people. I instantly felt like an important part of the Shipley community.
Confidence to Explore
As I spent more time at Shipley, I became more confident and I was able to partake in many opportunities that I never thought I would have had without the influence of Shipley. Shipley has taught me the importance of my voice and how to effectively use it. It has enabled me to participate in all aspects of the School that I would not have imagined otherwise. Before Shipley, I was very afraid of taking risks academically, but Shipley created a strong support system for me to take difficult courses like Modern European History Honors, where I gained confidence as a learner. Through this course in 10th grade, I realized my love of challenges and of learning.
A Community that Cares
My most memorable experience at Shipley was my first service learning trip during my freshmen year. I, alongside Maria and other peers and faculty, spent a day in New Jersey serving warm meals and company to displaced families following Hurricane Sandy. It was a small moment, but it was extremely meaningful. During that trip I realized how warm and incredible the Shipley community was and I was so grateful to be a part of it.
Plans for Fall 2016
My plan is to become a strong leader at Trinity and become involved in service learning within the Trinity and Hartford communities.
I plan to major in neuroscience and minor in psychology because I was influenced by my favorite class, Comparative Anatomy and Neuroscience Honors, and discovered a new passion. I would love to focus on developmental neuroscience to combine my love of science with my passion for working with kids.
Shipley has prepared me to self advocate. I have learned to become independent and use my voice to accomplish my goals and I know that this will help me be successful in the future.