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Anna McDonald-Martin

Anna Martin
Elementary School: Fisher School in Walpole, MA
College: George Washington University
Major: Biology
Career Aspiration: Pediatrician

Extra Curricula
Drivers Ed, First Work, Junior Mentor at Science Club for Girls

Favorite Class at CRLS
Science. In science classes, I am able to learn through exploration and innovative thinking, which keeps me engaged and excited. I always think in questions, so science classes have been a great way for me to explore the world around me in a way that is supported by the curriculum.

Favorite Teacher
Ms. Weisbart is incredibly caring and supportive of her students. I always feel as though she is rooting for me and doing everything she can to help me find my way. She is also a fantastic teacher who helped me discover so much about myself, my family, and my place in the community. American Identities was by far my favorite class at Rindge!

What are some of the out-of-school time (OST) programs that you participated in between grades 6 - 12?
Internship at MIT through Just-A-Start (Youth Employment Center).

How did being enrolled in any OST program(s) contribute to your success in and out of high school?
Having connections at Just-A-Start helped me build my confidence in work environments through resume construction, practice interviews, and networking opportunities with leaders in the community. These skills have seamlessly translated to how I present myself and my work in an academic setting.

What did you like most about CRLS? Why?
CRLS hosts an incredible range of opportunities, from school-based programs to membership in community-wide organizations, that allow students to feel as though they are part of a world bigger than Rindge or even Cambridge. I think what I appreciated most about CRLS was that breadth of resources and the support from my teachers and peers to get out there and take advantage of everything I was offered.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
CRLS can feel very big when you first arrive, especially if you are coming from outside of Cambridge, but it is very easy to make connections with students and staff. The school commits to building community in CMs, LCs, classes, and clubs, so don't worry if you are new like I was because you will quickly find your place.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
Walk around the building before or after school and pop into offices or rooms that have events going on. There is so much to offer at CRLS that sometimes you won't know about it until you stumble upon it. So explore! You never know what fabulous thing you'll find.

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