Izzy Balson ’18 3

Izzy Balson ’18

Day – Newton, Mass.

Izzy Balson ’18

What do you like most about Concord Academy?

My two favorite things about CA are intrinsically related – the fact that I feel I’ve been given the space and opportunities to become the best version of myself and the community that allowed me to do that. More than any other place I looked at for high school, the message at Concord was to try everything, to pursue all of my interests and hobbies, not to put myself in a box. As someone who has always been involved in a wide variety of things, from basketball and performing arts to science and history, and beyond, this was an extremely attractive proposal. In my time at CA, I’ve found that I’ve been able to do just that, and that freedom is, in large part, due to the people who make a home here. The emphasis on community at CA fosters a sense of supportiveness and curiosity that I think is unrivaled anywhere. I’m so grateful that in choosing to come to CA for high school, I made a commitment to myself to be someone who is involved, engaged, and unafraid of challenges that lie ahead – someone I don’t think I could’ve become anywhere else.

What do you do at CA?

As I mentioned above, I’ve never been the type who is willing or able to commit to a single interest or hobby. The activities that I participate in at CA reflect this trait, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here, I’ve been fortunate enough to play on the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, sing in an a cappella group, and participate in the community service club, in addition to starting my own club focused on biology. I also take photos for the yearbook, participate in multiple underclassmen mentorship programs, and of course tour guide!

Share something that most people don’t know about you.

Although I’m an extremely extroverted person, I still get nervous and feel awkward every time I talk to a new person or have to speak in front of a crowd. Giving tours to prospective students and parents is no exception to this pattern, but the tradeoff is worth it for me. Tour guiding gives me the opportunity to reflect on my time at CA and what I love about the school, and being able to share that with others has truly been a pleasure. 

Quick Answers:

1. My favorite place on campus is the chapel, because it is a place where the whole community comes together to partake in the tradition of sharing stories.
2. I chose CA because of the rigorous but non-competitive academics, and emphasis on community.
3. I am most happy when I’m sitting on the quad with my friends on a gorgeous spring day.
4. My favorite season is probably fall, because campus is absolutely beautiful and the beginning of the school year is always exciting.
5. My day is not complete until I meet someone new.