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Sara Jackson MacManus

Sara Jackson
Elementary School: Amigos School, IES Fortuny, and CEIP Rufino Blanco
College: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Major: Undecided, something science related
Career Aspiration: Don't know yet! Probably a scientist, but again, it depends on what I end up studying.

Extra Curricula
Captain of the Crew Team, Club 4, Charles River Cleanup

Favorite Class at CRLS
Biology and Computer Science. I loved biology because it is one of the few classes where I intuitively understood the content. It was really interesting to find out about all of the processes that make up living things, and how all of the functioning in our body can basically be chalked up to a bunch of molecules interacting. I really enjoyed computer science because I loved the challenges it presented and the independence it allowed. Most of the work simply consists of being presented with a goal for your code, and you are on your own from there. There are so many different ways to approach the same program, and its fascinating to see how different people see a certain problem.

Favorite Teacher
So many of them! Ms. Piotrowski, Ms. Otty, Ms. Arocho, Mr. McGlathery...

These are all teachers that really care about their classes and their students. Not only did I learn a lot in their classes, but I also simply had a good time and really enjoyed myself. I had Ms. Piotrowski for four French classes, so I knew her really well by my junior year when she retired. Ms. Otty taught me to actually be interested in history freshmen year, as you can tell how passionate she is about the subject. Ms. Arocho taught me biology in junior year, one of my favorite classes from my entire time in Rindge. She is incredibly dedicated and hardworking and explains everything really well. Mr. McGlathery taught me Computer Science, and his class is also so chill. He lets you work independently, but is also available to help you when you are stuck.

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?
I really like the fact that you have so much freedom in choosing your classes. There are some guidelines you have to adhere to, but there is such a wide range of classes that I was always able to find something that I was interested in. I also really enjoyed being part of a sports team. I have become very good friends with the people on my team and the team has become a huge part of my life.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
There are only two staircases going up to the 5th floor. On a different note, the arts program at CRLS is awesome. I only took ceramics senior year, but I really wish I had taken it earlier so I could advance to higher levels (shout-out to John!).

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
Look at a map of the school before coming, or come during the summer to orient yourself around the school. I got lost for a solid 15 minutes during CM the second week of school. Take classes you are interested in! Don't feel pressured to take all honors or APs, choose classes you think you will actually enjoy. I also really recommend joining a sports team (aka the girls crew team :) ). Finally, always walk on the right side and don't stop in the middle of the hallway! Also, lunch recommendation: zesty orange chicken from Broadway.

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