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Nicholas Hall

Nicholas Hall
Elementary School: Cambridgeport School
College: Boston University
Major: Computer Science
Career Aspiration: Machine Learning Engineer

Extra Curricula
Varsity and Club Volleyball, Peer Tutoring, Town Line Bowling Youth League, Aerospace Engineering and Astronomy, Freshman Mentor, SAT Tutor

Favorite Class at CRLS
I like computer science because it is an interesting exploration of logic puzzles that we don’t often get to do in other classes, even in math (although I enjoy that too). It is also very satisfying to create something that I had envisioned, and computer science classes have allowed me to independently pursue my own projects beyond what we learned in class. To me, computer science isn’t the same without Mr. McGlathery, who adds a personal touch to learning with his KenKens and dry humor.

Favorite Teacher
Joseph Nicholson. Besides being smart, kind, and funny, Mr. Nicholson has a special way of teaching where he talks with the class about problems instead of talking at them, which makes learning feel much more collaborative and interactive. He is also a flexible person, both in the sense that he is very understanding of students and that he can limbo very far backwards while crouching and writing on the board. He is always genuinely interested in talking with students, and really cares about them. One of my favorite things to do at school is simply to chat with him after class.

I’d also like to give a shoutout to (now retired) Ms. Zhaurova, who is incredibly sweet, smart, and inspiring. She helped me feel like I could achieve whatever I set my mind to.

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 liked the possibilities given to students here. If you want to start a group dedicated to something, or just meet others with similar interests, odds are there will always be people that would like to do it, and teachers to help support you. Many of the opportunities here are due to great, passionate teachers that want to see students grow, and I really appreciated that.

What is something people unfamiliar with CRLS should know about the school? Why? 
It seems impossible to define the typical student at Rindge because there are so many different personalities, interests, and backgrounds. The best place to look for school spirit is not CRLS as a whole, but rather the smaller communities such as Big Band, a capella, Modern Dance Company, the Register Forum, the International Center, and hundreds more. Each student here can find their own place in a special overlap of these groups.

Advice to Incoming Freshmen
Push yourself to talk to people that you don’t share anything in common with. Don't be afraid to talk to your teachers. Part of being in high school is learning to solve some of your problems by yourself, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't ask for help when you need it. Go to Club Day, and force yourself to sign up and go to at least a couple of clubs. Also, try not to stop in the middle of the hallway.

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