Anais Killian

Anais Killian
Elementary School: Bethesda Elementary School
College: Harvard College
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Career Aspiration: Doctor/ Scientist

Favorite subject at CRLS

Why is it your favorite subject?
I enjoy learning about the most efficient ways to break down and solve problems—to me, doing math is like solving a puzzle. All of my math teachers provided elaborate lessons and explanations.

Favorite CRLS Staff Person
Mr. Nigdelioglu, Mr. McGlathery, and Ms. Borrelli.

What makes that staff person so special?

Mr. Nigdelioglu, Mr. McGlathery, and Ms. Borrelli were among my favorite teachers at CRLS because they introduced me to the thrilling interconnectedness of physics, computer science, and biology. Mr. N. is a most passionate educator who preaches the value of physics practice and repetition. Mr. McGlathery effortlessly transfers his love for computer science to his students and he develops original, stimulating assignments. I must give a special mention to Ms. Borrelli, my AP Biology teacher. The labs she orchestrated made me fall in love with the processes of cellular biology, inspiring me to teacher assist for her class my senior year. Thank you all!

Extracurricular activities, clubs, school-related activities

Student Government (Student Member of the School Committee), A Cappella (Sassafras), Club 4, CRLS Women’s Soccer, World Jazz Ensemble, French Club.

What were some of the out-of-school time (O.S.T) programs that you participated in anytime between grades 6-12?
Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), MIAA Student Advisory Committee, DESE Kaleidoscope Community Council, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui Campaign, Kickstart.

How did being enrolled in any O.S.T. program(s) contribute to your success both in and out of high school? 
Through these programs, I developed the skill of generating new ideas to contribute to an objective. In school, this enabled me to tackle various independent projects. Outside CRLS, I progressed from being a Kickstart soccer coach and MASC intern to leading workshops with the MIAA Student Advisory Committee. There are boundless opportunities to create new spaces for community members to gather around a common goal.

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
CRLS has many opportunities to engage with different people and programs. You really have the ability to explore so many activities and then find where you are most passionate. For me, going class to class to deliver singing valentines with a cappella has turned Valentine’s Day into my favorite day of the year. At the same time, I was able to work with the Cambridge School Committee as a CRLS Student Member.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why?
The Senior Graduation Project class allows you to spend a period of your schedule working on a topic or project that is meaningful to you. I used this time researching a biological pathway with a mentor, and other students have used this time to create documentaries, produce podcasts, organize support groups, and design photography portfolios. There is so much you can do with a period of class time every day, and I recommend this class to anyone who would like to explore a personal passion.

What advice would you give incoming freshmen about CRLS?
Read this Register Forum article for some timeless advice. Read article >>
In all seriousness, go to school sports games and events, find a few activities that you really like, and don’t be afraid to reach out to teachers for support with class material. High school is truly a time to explore everything and take risks… don’t be afraid to try new things!

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