Student Feature Fridays

Nisha Hild

Nisha Hild

SFF 12-9-22

This week’s Student Feature Friday is 11th grader NIsha Hild whose dedication to the sport of fencing has taken her around the world. Nisha only started fencing 6 years ago and is currently ranked 8th in the world in her age group. Although there are three types of fencing, Nisha concentrates on Saber which is the fastest form of fencing with an explosive style that she enjoys. She is a member of the US National Team and is competing both nationally and internationally. Recently she has traveled to Bulgaria, Iceland and Germany. While she is visiting these countries to compete in fencing, she makes every effort to experience the culture and see as much of the countries as possible. 

Balancing her travel, competitions and practice schedule (2-3 hours a day, Monday-Friday) with her course work at HHS is not an easy endeavor but she has worked hard to create strategies to help her succeed. She is looking forward to taking Neuroscience later this year as she has aspirations to become a doctor, maybe a surgeon.  Looking to the future, Nisha is still figuring out a plan to balance a career in the medical field with fencing, and there is no doubt that she will find a way. Her passion for the sport is evident and anyone who has the opportunity to be in her presence is better for it.

Interview with Nisha:


Q: Why do you love the sport of fencing and what do you feel you have learned about yourself through the sport?

A: There are many different aspects to why I love fencing. One being the adrenaline rush I get while in a bout. Having to make informed decisions on the spot can be really tough but incredibly rewarding when it works. This has helped me build a lot of trust in myself which is incredibly important in my life outside of fencing as I grow up and have more new experiences. I also love the community I have found through fencing. I’ve made friends all over the US and in other countries as well, that I likely wouldn’t have had the opportunity to connect with if I didn’t do fencing. 

Q: What experiences have you gained through your international travel that have changed the way you view the world?

A: Traveling internationally to places that I would most likely not visit if it wasn’t for fencing, has made me a more open minded individual. Prior to traveling to places like Romania and Bulgaria I had these preconceived ideas of what it was like there, but upon visiting these places, I’ve realized that many of the stereotypes I had heard of were very inaccurate. These trips have taught me to be more cautious of stereotypes and generalizations and have made me try to implement a more objective outlook on new experiences. 

Q: You clearly do not shy away from hard work and commitment given that in addition to fencing, you are interested in pursuing a career as a doctor/surgeon.  What is it about neuroscience and becoming a doctor that interests you?

A: I’ve always been interested in biological sciences. Both my parents work in some field of biology so I’ve been exposed to it my whole life, and have always loved learning about their experiences in the field. I find it fascinating how complex our brains are and how much is going on in it, that affects every part of us, that we don’t realize. 

Q: What advice do you have for other students who have not yet found their interests or passions?

A: It’s okay to not know what you're interested in yet. I would say to keep an open mind and try new things. I barely had a clue of what fencing was before trying it for the first time, but I’m glad I gave it a chance because now it’s one of my favorite things. If you hear about an opportunity to try something new that sounds interesting, I would say go for it, there’s no harm in trying and you might end up finding something you love. 

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