Josie Dickman

Josie
Elementary School: Baldwin School
College: Gap Year and then Wesleyan University
Major: Undecided
Career Aspiration: Undecided


Extra Curricula
Jewish Heritage Club (Co-president), Photography Club (Co-president), Horseback Riding, CRLS Orchestra

Favorite Class at CRLS
I have had many engaging history teachers, who cared about the subject that they taught and the students in their classes. They held discussions about the topics that we were learning, and encouraged us to interact with each other and the material. I appreciate the skills that I learned in these classes to have difficult conversations that incorporated contrasting perspectives. These classes made me a more thoughtful viewer of the world, and gave me greater context when learning about current events.

Favorite Teacher
Ms. Milligan was my teacher for Photo One through Photo Three, and I learned so much from her about how to improve my photography, both digital and film. In her classes, she emphasized improvement and growth, and pushed all of her students to do their best. From the beginning of my freshman year, when I joined the Photo Club, to the end of senior year, Ms. Milligan has been so supportive of me as a student and as a person. She was always willing to have honest conversations about how life was going, and this was very meaningful to me. I am very grateful for her continuous support.

What are some of the out-of-school time (OST) programs that you participated in between grades 6 - 12?
None

How did being enrolled in any OST program(s) contribute to your success in and out of high school?
None

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
There are so many interesting classes that CRLS offers, especially the elective classes that you can take junior and senior year. There are electives in every subject, so you can definitely find classes that interest you. The teachers for these classes are enthusiastic about teaching that subject, and they want to find ways that you can connect with the topics. For example, I took a class called Becoming Da Vinci, which explored the intersection of art and science. It was a very fun class and we did a lot of experiential learning through projects and field trips.  

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
There is a really great arts program at the school, both visual and performing. If you take a visual arts class at the school, you have access to so many art supplies and resources. A few examples include: a fully set up darkroom for film photography and a ceramics studio. In these spaces, students are able to work on their skills, learn from their teachers and classmates, and improve significantly during their time at CRLS. There are also many showcases of student work, from theater performances to gallery exhibitions, which are very impressive and worthwhile see.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
Explore some of the opportunities that CRLS has to offer. Through joining clubs, sports teams, the arts, and more, you will find your people. This will allow you to build a smaller community within the school, which can be very helpful as you go through your four years. Also, do your best to get to know your teachers and build connections. It is always nice to have more friendly faces to wave to in the hallways!

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