As I end my senior year at Collegiate, I begin to develop a greater appreciation for my remaining time. Instead of looking inward, I have done my best to absorb and embrace my surroundings. In focusing on being present for these last couple of weeks, I have discovered more about my peers around campus. Their quirky personalities and secret talents are aspects that have marveled me throughout the year.
A specific skill I have noticed are the distinct walking forms of my peers, and their walks have seemed to capture the Collegiate community as well. When asking my senior classmates about what they will miss as they leave, I received multiple answers of “Aidan’s walk.”
Aidan Berger (‘17) has a certain spunk as he strides. There is a sincere “pep in his step” as Berger walks from class to class everyday. He crafted this strut in his freshman year, and the walk has become a staple among the Collegiate community. Berger’s classmate Max Donnelly (‘17) says “his walk is as special as Aidan is.”
The Berger Technique
First: Channel a confidence only outmatched by soccer phenom Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and always make sure to stop in front of every reflective surface so you can check out your swagger.
Second: Stretch your neck. This will help you fully commit to the side-to-side head sway that matches each stride.
Third: With each step, allow your body to bounce to complete the confident and strong vibe, which Berger says, “gives you an athletically intimidating and god-like presence.”
Warning: This gait is the most self-righteous of the three. Be careful to not let it go to your head as it has for Aidan.
Intrigued by students’ fascination with Berger’s stride, I asked the Collegiate community about other iconic walks around the Collegiate campus. Two other names surfaced multiple times: Caroline Ennis (‘17) and Jack Wyatt (‘18).
Ennis has a powerful step and combines it with a confident but comfortable posture. She has a flare and a special pop as she walks. As she moves from place to place, she does not do so mindlessly; she has purpose. Ennis claims that she “hasn’t practiced and it comes natural.” Her friend Kate Surgner (‘17) says “it’s not a walk, it’s a strut” and used the word “sassy” to describe Ennis’ stride.
The Ennis Strut
First: Lead with a powerful foot, placing said foot carefully but confidently in the classic “heel-toe” manner.
Second: A subtle but important key to this form is the arm positioning. Maintain a strict 90 degree with the forearm and bicep, while allowing for a limp, free-flowing wrist.
Warning: This is most powerful and addictive of the three. Use in moderation.
Finally, Jack Wyatt is a specimen. His 6’7”, 195 pound frame is a spectacle, and he uses his lanky shape impeccably as he dawdles to his destination. Wyatt’s classmate Garrett Wilson (‘18) described his stride as “troll-like,” and Will Pohlman (‘17) explains that “Wyatt looks like a baby giraffe when he walks.”
The Walk of Wyatt
First: Channel your inner baby giraffe.
Second: Employ a similar form to The Berger Technique, but focus more on a side-to-side sway. The important action in this sway is the rigid but rhythmic head movement.
Third: If you stumble trying this walk, that’s perfect. An occasional trip up or backpack drop is a signature Wyatt maneuver.
Warning: This method could be the most tiring out of the three. According to Wyatt, “it’s exhausting.”
These are the most iconic walks among the Collegiate community. These three champions of stride rose to fame not only by the mechanics of their strides but by the impressive and warm personalities of the three individuals.
Berger was the vice-president of RAMPS, as well as a senior lacrosse captain this year. Ennis was a star in the International Emerging Leaders Conference and served as the president of Model United Nations. Wyatt was a weapon for the varsity basketball team, dropping 38 points against Collegiate’s rival St. Christopher’s. Each of these students are more than their walks, and that is why their walks have become legendary.
Featured image courtesy The Ministry of Silly Walks.