Talya Borisy ’22

Day Student, Belmont, MA

Talya Borisy poses for her headshot during the "Annual Head Tour Guide Photoshoot" outside the Chapel on Sep. 13, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Pfosi)

What are you involved in at CA?

I am a JSO cohead, I am also involved in Peer Tutoring, French Club, and Medical Club.

Why did you choose CA?

I chose CA from the feeling of love, genuine curiosity, and community which surrounded me each time I visited campus. During my tour as a prospective student, my tour guide was kind, considerate, and willing to answer all of my questions about the school. 

How would you describe Common Trust?

I would describe Common Trust at CA as more than just ensured safety in personal belongings. I believe it also means that there is a trust through the community to not judge each other; Common Trust means that we can try new things and push ourselves without an overarching fear of being judged. This value of Common Trust is not only important to CA’s core, but it also is a part of what I believe makes the school unique. Of course, Common Trust at CA means that I can leave my computer in the library as I go to get lunch, but it also means that I can try to answer a question in class that I am not familiar with. It means that I can take a guess, and it means that I can be wrong without being judged. This has allowed me to push myself during my time at CA; I already am much more confident and willing to take risks than I was when I first arrived, and I hope that by the time I graduate I will be even more so.

What is the best class you’ve taken at CA and why?

One of my favorite classes I have taken at CA so far was “The Presidency”. This class taught me about the historical role of the US Presidency, in conjunction with the 2020 presidential election. I gained a better understanding of the role of the president in the US through looking at past precedents and present political events. What I also love about having taken this class is that it has stuck with me even after the semester ended. I look at political events, news broadcasts, and newspapers through a different, more conscientious and skeptical lens, and I am so glad I was able to take this class.

What is on your CA Bucket list?

Senior Coffeehouse!

Advice to prospective students?

One piece of advice I would give to prospective students is to do your research and really get to know why a school like CA would be a great fit for you! There are so many reasons, some of which you may not even be aware of yet, but the better you know a school and why you would belong there is only going to make the application process easier, and hopefully less stressful. Also, I would recommend trying to get your application done early. You do not have to submit it early, but if you write everything ahead of time then you will hopefully worry less and have more time to edit!

Share a moment where you knew you belonged at CA.

The first time I knew I belonged at CA was during my revisit day. I followed a CA student around for the day, to all of their classes and activities. What struck me was the genuine curiosity, participation, and thoughtfulness all the students showed in the classroom, paired with a vibrant community, jokes, and friendship I saw between classes. Additionally, I noticed that the students carried their class conversation into the hallway, even after the period had ended. After this day I knew that the vibrant community, curiosity, and interest students showed was a place where I belonged.