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Checking in with CMS Class of 2018 ~ Marie Kinderman

We reached out to the CMS Class of 2018 as they prepared for their graduation from high school. CMS alumna Marie Kinderman had the following reflections and advice:

What is your favorite memory from your time at CMS?

There are so many to choose from, but I especially loved both engineering open houses I attended in 6th and 8th grade, eating out during 8th-grade Humanities and 6th grade History banquets! I made so many special and unique memories and learned a lot in every experience!

What advice can you give to this year's graduating 8th grade class as they prepare for high school?

In 8th grade, I made many friends and memories and succeeded, but faced struggles internally from stress in life. Only in high school did I begin to really understand who I am and feel comfortable enough to take risks. So my advice is to be comfortable with who you are right now and follow your passions. Be proud of yourself and notice your strengths. Try all sorts of new things. It’s more important to be genuine and kind than to be popular or “pretty.” I wish I had begun this process in middle school so do it now! Be creative and interesting because it’s more memorable than perfection. And it’s ok if you feel like you don’t know who you are and doubt yourself. You’re amazing and resilient and I have faith in you.

What are your plans post graduation?

After graduation, I plan to attend the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada! It’s a big change but I hope that the experience is rich and fulfilling, makes me more culturally informed, and prepares me for the real world. While I hope a degree can put me on a clear career pathway, I hope most of all to learn about myself and have new experiences as a young adult. Learning has been most powerful in my life when it’s shaped who I am.

We wish Marie the best of luck next year! Are you part of the CMS Class of 2018? We would love to hear from you! Send an email to Sara Holleman at and we will feature your responses in a future CMS blog!

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