Our Alumni

Cooper Karisch

Currently I am a senior at Davidson University in North Carolina.

In college, I study economics and the Classics, two subjects I never had a single course in while attending the Waldorf School. To me, this sort of fact is representative of the skills that the school imparts to its graduates: intellectual inquisitiveness, flexible problem-solving and a passion for testing one’s limits. The Waldorf School presents students with such a wide range of topics and such a personal relationship with educators that students are differentiated from their non-Waldorf peers not just by coursework, but by perspective and worldview. A key characteristic of the faculty at AWS is the teachers’ ability to stimulate wonder in students, arousing curiosities that can become lifelong sources of inquiry and fulfillment. In my case, a sixth-grade class on the Romans piqued my interest in Classical language, leading me to pursue the subject formally after I graduated. My education at AWS wasn’t really about the Romans, or Norse myths, or sand-sculpting, or any of the individual subjects that I took, however. It was the critical thinking, creativity, knowledge, and intellectual confidence—the things that transcend the academic— that I found most valuable and unique about AWS.

I have already been offered and accepted a job with UBS in New York working in 
investment banking after I graduate.

“I especially love the activities like gardening and handwork. I believe these skills are important in cognitive development. Many schools today are mandated to focus on academic achievement and testing while forgetting the building blocks of learning to think for ourselves and to be creative. ”