Maya Clemente

Maya Clemente
Elementary School: Amigos School
College: New York University
Major: Global Public Health
Career Aspiration: Woman's / Young Women's Health Specialist - Doctor

Extra Curricula
Tennis, Cross Country/Track, Freshman mentoring, Mediation

Favorite Class at CRLS
History. I like history because I have always been intrigued by decisions of the past and how they played out, as well as how customs, health/science, and societal expectations change and fluctuate.

Favorite Teacher
Ms. Kabango, Mr. Khan, Dr. Lam, Ms. Augustine, Mr. Montero. I couldn't pick, but they have all created highly welcoming, intriguing, and educative environments that helped me develop as a student and person.

Ms. Kabango, since my freshman year, has left a stellar impact on me. She was the first person I remember honestly criticizing my work but then working twice as hard to make sure I developed the skills I would need. She never failed to in her effort to drill confidence in myself, my abilities, and my success.

Mr. Kann was a fantastic teacher who always wanted the best for his students and made the class so interesting and exciting. After his course and the AP exam, I gained immense confidence in my abilities and a greater understanding of how I work as a student. He and Dr. Lam are incredibly brilliant and understand their subject so well it is impossible not to enjoy their excitement in learning.

Ms. Augustine is one of the best science teachers I've had at CRLS. She can make the class not seem like you're sitting in a classroom all day and is incredibly good at relating to students and understanding the needs of the individual.

What are some of the out-of-school time (OST) programs that you participated in between grades 6 - 12?
Title Nine Girls Running Club

How did being enrolled in any OST program(s) contribute to your success in and out of high school?
It grated me space up until high school to manage my stress and anxiety. Once in high school, I was able to give back and help other young girls as a junior coach. That experience taught me a lot about being an individual and following your interests and having confidence.

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
I enjoyed the customization they offered in terms of education. You are totally in charge of what you want to learn and why to follow your interests and find new ones. I also have realized I valued the diversity, not just CRLS but Cambridge has offered me. You must meet people from all walks of life and with different opinions and ideas to formulate your ever-changing ones, and you can’t properly do that in a cookie-cutter place. 

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
You have to be proactive and follow up with your teachers and guidance counselors. It is a big school and easy to float by, but you will miss incredible opportunities and the chance to make connections with faculty, which is necessary the older you get. Don't be afraid to follow up; they're there to help you be successful.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
Have fun, join a club or a sports team; your grades are important, but so is the ability to make personal connections and form relationships. And high school is the best place to do that. Don't forget people change over time (big or small), and that's how you know you're growing as a person.

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