“In it for the Long Haul” Taya Kerwin, ’18, on Pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy

Taya Kerwin, ’18, is a person who describes herself as “in it for the long haul.” While some students may enjoy the opportunity to try different sports and programs across their time at Dublin, Kerwin is someone who picked her sports at Dublin freshman year, and, as a senior, she is still pursuing her careers in sailing, theatre, and tennis.

“I get involved, and I like to grow into what I am doing,” she describes.

“I like that you feel really committed to whatever you are doing,” says Kerwin. “You see yourself growing into a leadership program. You watch your leaders when you are young and think, ‘I can do that.’ And then you take time and practice to figure out how.”

Following a Passion to College: Fabryce Joseph on Sports Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill

Following a Passion to College: Fabryce Joseph on Sports Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill

Fabryce Joseph, ’18, discovered his passion for sports journalism when he was young. What began as a sixth-grade project to get more “in the loop” about international sports news has become a specialized interest that Joseph will follow to the halls of UNC-Chapel Hill next year.

“In middle school, I would always go to school and hear upperclassmen—you know, the eighth graders—talking about sports,” says Joseph. “I wasn’t really connected with international sports or celebrities at that point, and I felt out of the loop.”

A Perfectionist in the Woodshop: Emily Blieberg, ’21, on Discovering Woodworking

Emily Blieberg, ’21, is a self-described “spirited, creative student-artist who likes to laugh.” Her older brother, Michael, ’20, attends Dublin, so prior to starting, Emily had certain perceptions of what her time at Dublin would be like; however, as she says, “you don’t really get to understand Dublin culture until you are here, until you have your first day.”

“The buildings are important, the location, but what really makes a community is the people,” she elaborates. “So it’s really interesting because you get glimpses—you see spaces and people from a distance, but then you get to really see it.”

“A Reserve of Team Spirit:” Ainsley Morrison’s First Year with Dublin School’s Robotics Team

Ainsley Morrison, ’21, having begun work with Dublin School’s Robotics Team for the first time this year, discovered “a really big learning experience,” especially considering that Morrison had had no experience with Robotics prior to coming to Dublin.

An upperclassman told Morrison to join the team, and, in the spirit of “trying to join and try a bunch of new things,” Morrison showed up to the first meeting.

“The Freedom to Change:” James Bostrup ’21 on Life as a 9th Grader at Dublin

“If I had to describe myself, it would be as somebody who is changing, more than anything,” says James Bostrup ’21.

Bostrup, a freshman at Dublin School, elaborates, saying, “I’m always working toward something different or something new. Changing describes me totally because I’m able to see so much more of it here at Dublin—I finally have the choice to be this, to have the freedom to change.”

Silence and Resilience: Aggie Macy, ’20, on the Art of Canoeing 

In 2014, Aggie Macy, ’20, fell in love with a particular kind of silence.

At Camp Aloha in Vermont, on beautiful Lake Morey, she found: perspective, tranquility, and empowering stillness. She found canoeing.

“I love that you find this real silence,” she says. “When you are paddling with someone, you can be having this funny, deep conversation, or you can be paddling completely silently. In canoeing, there is no such thing as awkward silence. I haven’t found this complete control and complete silence anywhere else. You think about what you do and how that affects the water around you and the movement of the boat. It is indescribable.”

A Dream Becomes the Rest of Your Life: Miles Morgan on Flying

“People ask me what I like to do, and I say that I like to fly helicopters,” says Miles Morgan,’18. “And it seems so wild to people that this eighteen-year-old is flying.”

“I’ve always been interested in flying,” he says. “I’ve liked reading about it, looking at pictures, and every family vacation somehow took us to the Air & Space Museum because I wanted to go. But I always thought it would be an impossible feat for me to actually become a pilot.”

“Developing a Love for Other People:” Adunni Abrams on Education, Culture, and Critical Thinking

“None of my schools have ever been the same,” says Adunni Abrams ’18.

“I experienced four different types of schools, two of which gave me polar opposite experiences,” she says. “In one, Poly Prep, I was the only black kid in a predominantly white school. In another, North Star Academy, I was a black kid who didn’t have the same cultural experiences as my classmates. Even though I went to school with people who looked like me, I felt like a stranger. At Maple Leaf International School, I was with a bunch of white kids who acted more Trinidadian than I did, and attending that school helped me acknowledge stereotypes.”