Charlie Bonney

Elementary School: Shady Hill School
College: Bowdoin College
Major: Undecided
Career Aspiration: Undecided

Extra Curricula
Basketball team, Soccer team, Register Forum, Model UN, Club 4

Favorite Class at CRLS
I enjoyed history at CRLS not only because it has always been my favorite subject, but also because there were so many options at all different levels. Some of my favorite classes were Dr. Lam's World History and Ms. Otty's Modern Global Conflicts. I enjoyed these history classes so much because it is really a subject that is made so much better with a class of diverse viewpoints -- something CRLS always has. The discussions I had with my peers were always fascinating.

Favorite Teacher
Dr. Lam somehow manages to teach her classes in a way that is both professional and relaxed, rarely missing an opportunity for some sarcasm or humor. The expectations for students in Comparative Government & Politics and World History--the two classes I took with Dr. Lam--were always very clear, something I felt like I did not always have in every class at CRLS. Dr. Lam always helped our class work efficiently, but never in a way that felt overwhelming. The best part of Dr. Lam's classes is that she always listens to the students, which was especially important in a year when everyday presented a new challenge.

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

How did being enrolled in any OST program(s) contribute to your success in and out of high school?

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
CRLS is so great because it has virtually infinite opportunities. With such a huge, engaged student body it feels like there is nothing students cannot do. There is every sport from golf to sailing to rugby. The list of clubs is endless and it seems like no idea or identity is left out. If there is anything that CRLS does not have, the student body is willing to speak up and get whatever we are missing.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
CRLS is really a city school. Being in the middle of such a great city, next to restaurants and Harvard, is something I think many CRLS take for granted, but is really a unique part of our school. In particular, I enjoyed CRLS's open-campus policy which allows students to leave campus during lunch to get food at the restaurants around the school. Places like Mona Lisa's are really important parts of the CRLS community.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
Sign up for a bunch of clubs on Club Day, but don't just sign-up. Try to attend meetings for the clubs that you sign up for, you might be surprised what you like. I also recommend playing a sport, even if you don't really think of yourself as an athlete. Not every sport at CRLS is super competitive, so you will definitely be able to find a team that can help you find your own community at the school.

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