Around The Yard: Will Walker


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Will Walker
October 6, 2015

I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be a student-athlete at Harvard. I am in a position to compete at the highest level of the sport of Lacrosse and experience the incredible academic and extracurricular resources that a top Ivy League institution has to offer, all while engulfing myself in a diverse environment full of highly talented individuals. The best way to capture my student-athlete experience is to walk through this past late September week from my senior fall semester. Of course each week of my time here at Harvard includes my amazing athletic experience as a member of the men’s lacrosse team; however, for the purpose of this blog, I’d like to focus on my life off the field.

My week began with a viewing of the classic film, Gone with the Wind, for one of my core general education courses. The class teaches us to focus on the cinematography and the styles with which the film was produced rather than the plot overall. The class has given me an opportunity to learn more about film, posting interactive discussion posts after each film that we watch. I studied film in high school and am thrilled to have found a class that enables me to reenter the focus area.

In the middle of the week, I shifted gears to one of my sociology elective courses focused on culture and social networks. As a senior sociology concentrator, I have had the opportunity to take a wide spectrum of courses in the field. In this specific week, I downloaded a sociology specific software, completed a detailed survey, and created social network visuals before writing a reflection paper analyzing my own personal social network. I’ve enjoyed studying sociology at Harvard and projects like this enable me to have an interactive experience.

Later in the week on Thursday evening, I attended the weekly asset management meeting for the Harvard Financial Analysts Club (HFAC), an extracurricular club that I have been a member of since the spring of my sophomore year. After having the amazing opportunity to intern at Fidelity Investments this past summer, I have deeply enjoyed returning to HFAC with a greater skill set and knowledge base. The Thursday evening asset management meeting included two stock pitches and concluded with an interesting Q&A discussion. HFAC has enabled me to continue to pursue my interest in investing and to prepare myself for a career in the industry.

Moving to the weekend, I spent the day at home in Hingham, Massachusetts on Friday with my mother before the two of us returned to Boston that night for a special dinner with my brother. Family is extremely important in my life and living locally has provided me with the opportunity to continue to have wonderful family time while studying at Harvard. The following morning, I headed over to the Harvard Club of Boston for a brunch with more family and friends. It was great to see my father, mother, and brother, and to bring family and my Harvard friends together.

My weekend concluded on Sunday with another late afternoon Harvard Financial Analysts Club meeting with the specific research team that I am a part of within the club. These smaller gatherings enable us to have more detailed conversations and to learn from each other through our research. After the HFAC meeting, I attended dinner in Eliot House with my roommate and resident tutor. House life is a great opportunity to meet more people in the community and resident tutors often can give important guidance in certain areas of life at Harvard.

The academic and extracurricular experiences at Harvard are unique and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to engulf myself in it all. As a senior member of the men’s lacrosse team, I am fortunate to work each day on a special team full of friends and mentors that I consider my family. The experience is incredible and I would not change it for the world. The student-athlete experience here at Harvard helps students develop as individuals in an incredible way. I am grateful to be here in this position and am thrilled to have one more year to grow.