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Elementary School: Haggerty and 3 elementary schools outside of MA
College: Harvard College
Major: Concentration in Computer Science + secondary in a social science discipline.
Career Aspiration: Undecided but currently leaning towards something research related.


Extra Curricula
At CRLS: CS Club and #HerVote. Outside of CRLS: Attending/organizing hackathons & working on technical and social projects related to civic engagement and outreach.

Favorite Class at CRLS
I’ve enjoyed all of the Computer Science classes I’ve taken at CRLS as they have helped me become better at problem solving while providing me with the skills necessary to carry out projects outside of the classroom.

Favorite Teacher
Computer Science teachers I’ve had at Rindge (Dr. Wu, Ms. Atwood, Mr. McGlathery, Mr. Martinez), Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Montero. All of these incredible teachers have been super supportive of me throughout the three years that I have been attending CRLS. Not only have they provided me with tremendous guidance and mentorship, but they’ve also encouraged me to explore what I’m interested in beyond class curriculum.

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?
Flexibility. At CRLS, students have a lot of freedom when deciding how they would like to spend their semesters.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
CRLS offers a lot of unique opportunities and there's something for everyone. I am really grateful to be in the RSTA Computer Science program, which has allowed me to gain familiarity with topics in programming and computer science beyond the scope of AP classes. Additionally, thanks to Ms. FitzGerald’s Enhanced Senior Year program, I was able to spend the fall semester of my senior year conducting an independent research project (advised by Mr. Montero) while being a TA for Mr. Nicholson’s Calculus BC class.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
It’s OK to not do everything (e.g., taking every single AP class you can fit in your schedule, joining and leading many student groups, etc). Instead of overcommitting, you can use your four years of high school to take advantage of the unique opportunities CRLS offers, explore particular areas--whether they be in arts, humanities, social sciences, STEM, sports, etc--that you find to be the most interesting, and get a head start on what you plan to do after high school.

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