Sofia Mrowka

Elementary School: Graham and Parks
College: Brown University
Major: Applied Math - Biology - Public Health
Career Aspiration: Doctor (MD-PhD)

Extra Curricula
#HerVote, Freshman Peer Mentoring, Math tutoring, and few lab internships

Favorite Class at CRLS
Math has always been more of a creative outlet for me. I really enjoy taking a problem, breaking it down into smaller pieces, and then grinding through it. There is also just something really satisfying when you finally get the answer.

Favorite Teacher
Caroline Berz. I have known Ms. Berz since freshman year and had the opportunity to take both World History and Women and Gender Studies with her. In both classes my experience was fantastic but Women and Gender Studies will always hold a special place in my heart. That class gave me a space to not only develop intellectually but emotionally. I learned so much about myself and really gained a mentor through Ms. Berz, who has continually supported me and been someone I can always reach out too.

What are some of the out-of-school time (OST) programs that you participated in between grades 6 - 12?
Summer Youth Mayors Program

How did being enrolled in any OST program(s) contribute to your success in and out of high school?
I participated in the Mayors Program the summer of my junior year with #HerVote. Through the summer I really enjoyed bonding more closely with fellow peers, and developing important leadership skills.

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
CRLS gave me the opportunity to meet so many incredible people. Beyond an education I will always treasure the connections and friends I have made during my time there. Those relationships are so special to me and I am so excited to watch everyone continue to grow as we enter the next chapter.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
It is really important to advocate for your own learning. Figure out what you need as a student in order to be the most successful peer, learner, and critical thinker you can be. Then work with your teachers, mentors, guidance councilors, etc. to make that happen because there are so many people who are there to support you but they need to hear it from you how best to do that.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
My biggest piece of advice would be to take classes outside your comfort zones. CRLS offers so many electives, spanning all academic fields, and it is so important to take advantage of that opportunity. As corny as it sounds high school is the best time to just try something new. I discovered so many passions from Women and Gender Studies to Marine Biology by taking those electives, and the decision to do so opened so many doors for me.

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