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Miles Toussaint

Miles Toussaint

Elementary School: Graham and Parks & Vassal Lane Upper School
College: Harvard College
Major: Undecided
Career Aspiration: Undecided

Extra Curricula
Cambridge Youth Council, Participatory Budgeting, CRLS Mentoring, Marine Conservation Club

Favorite Class at CRLS
History:
Historical awareness is simply so essential in navigating the increasingly volatile political climate and in pre-emptively recognizing problems that may arise because of certain policies. Learning about all the different histories that exist functions as tool to frame often ambiguous news reports and current events in the historical context, and from there understand their underlying intention and implications. History teachers at Rindge consistently do an excellent job of depicting these intersections between modern events and their historical counterparts.

English: What I gain from English is not so much a tangible skill but rather, simply put, an elevated state of mind. English classes at Rindge have been those rare, once-in-a-blue-moon type classes that I find myself engaged with beyond the confines of the classroom. I would continue with my classmates or pose to my friends the debates and discussions we would have in class. And I found that this sort of intellectual deliberation supplanted a lot of the uninspiring conversations we would otherwise have. Because of these classes, the lens through which I view the world has been perpetually broadened – my self-awareness and personal relationships deepening in turn. English teachers at Rindge are so intellectual and passionate and always attempt to inspire the same feelings in their students.

Favorite Teacher
Dr. Parker is someone who I can genuinely say truly cares about her students. She works tirelessly and resolutely in her efforts to support each student at CRLS. She doesn’t go easy on anyone or temper her expectations; she completely, wholly believes that every student at CRLS is unapologetically destined for greatness, and she’s of the rare breed of teacher who can awaken, inspire and give this potential tangible form. I know she definitely has for me!

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
I appreciate CRLS the most for all the different forms of opportunity and resources it has for students; whether that be socially, academically, or athletically, there’s just so much, with each being equally substantive. It can almost be intimidating at first, to be honest. But as you maneuver your way through high school, with different problems arising along the way, you really do come to appreciate the diverse range of resources we have here, which always seem to never fail in accommodating the necessities of your situation.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
I would inform them about the diversity of the CRLS population; not just diversity in the racial sense, but in the geographical, intellectual, and all the other forms that exist. Though Rindge undoubtedly possesses a diverse student body by whatever metric, I think a lot of people would find that this diversity is not necessarily always accessed by the student body. This ties into my advice for incoming freshmen, but when there’s all this diversity around us, it seems to me a waste to solely confine ourselves to the groups that we feel most comfortable in. I would encourage everyone to step out of their individual groups, hear the stories of others, and expand their sensitivities so to truly make use of the diversity around us.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
This is like what I previously said, but I would encourage incoming freshmen to branch away from their pre-existing friend groups and not limit the opportunities they take to only the ones they can share with their current friend group. High School really is a transformative period, and I believe that it’s important that each student seeks to cater their development to themselves. This is to say that differences of interest likely exist among any given friend group, so, even if your friends may not be attracted, if you have the slightest inkling of interest in a club, sport or whatever, go for it; you’ll likely find that in these activities you can develop these novel passions with like-minded people, with whom you may even end up forming new, more rewarding friendships with. I know what I’m saying is kinda cliché, and I’m sure you’ve heard it a thousand times, but that’s only because it’s so, so true!

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