Anna Bellows

Anna Bellows
Elementary School: Shady Hill School
College: University of Pennsylvania
Major: Law, Political Science, and Policy
Career Aspiration: Immigration/Human Rights Lawyer

Favorite subject at CRLS
History and Politics 

Why is it your favorite subject?
I enjoyed any class that encouraged conversation and interaction. I always learned the most when discussing with classmates and teachers, as everyones unique experience brings a new perspective to any discussion. Ms. Berz's 9th grade World History and Dr. Lams AP World and AP Comparative Government fully embraced this model, leading to fascinating and engaging conversations and classes. 

Favorite CRLS Staff Person
Dr. Espinosa! (and so many more)

What makes that staff person so special?

There are endless people I could name, but Dr. Espinosa is simply remarkable. She is able to encourage while supporting, love while motivating, and care endlessly about all of her students. I have worked closely with Dr. Espinosa on many projects, talking through ideas, issues or random thoughts that would come up. Since freshman, year she has been the person to me that I wish every student and young person could have at school.

Extracurricular activities, clubs, school-related activities

Co-Captain of the CRLS Woman's Rowing Team, Co-Founder of the Title IX Aurelia Advocates

What were some of the out-of-school time (O.S.T) programs that you participated in anytime between grades 6-12?

How did being enrolled in any O.S.T. program(s) contribute to your success both in and out of high school? 

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
The opportunity to explore outside of the classroom. The Independent Study program run by Ms. Fitzgerald has been by far the most influential part of my time here at CRLS. Very few schools provide the support and structure to work during the school day, but thought this program I was able to continue an internship that I had started over the summer at an immigration law firm. I was able to receive credit for the work that I was doing, and pursue my interests outside of the classroom. This is truly rare, and an opportunity that I would suggest every student takes advantage of.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why?
CRLS has so many classes, clubs, and teams! The opportunities available to students coming too CRLS are endless, and this attracts the most remarkable people. I remember seeing that we have a "conspiracy theory through literature" class. It is impressive not only that CRLS has the funding and resources to provide so many courses, but that we have the staff and students willing to teach and take the classes.

What advice would you give incoming freshmen about CRLS?
I would say that my biggest piece of advice is to not wait until you are a senior to start making change. This school offers an incredible opportunities, in and out of the classroom. The RSTA Biotechnology Program was completely new and unexpected, but ended up being a powerful part of my education. The clubs and leadership roles available are endless, and provide opportunities to really make change. There are fantastic teachers and administration ready and willing to support projects, and passions, you just have to take the step and ask them too. If you feel strongly about changing anything big or small, surround yourself with people who see the same issue, and start working.

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