Hi everyone! I’m Madalasa Chaudhari and I am very thrilled to be working with the middle school students here at Canadian International School for the Contextual Learning program. I’m currently a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Entrepreneurship also possibly Spanish.
When I’m not studying in the library or learning in a classroom, I will usually be listening to music, reading a book, or doing Taekwondo. If I am not doing any of those then you can find me planning my next trip because I love to learn about new cultures and explore all the world has to offer. I love being active and creative, growing up I was in swimming and track as well as Destination Imagination. I am currently a coach for a middle school team and was a tutor at a learning center so I have had experience working with students before. Keeping myself busy is a habit as I like to always do something with my life.
I’m looking forward to working with everyone at CIS and learning more about the CL experience. From what I’ve seen so far, it seems quite exciting. I hope to learn much and make an impact on the program with you all!
Hello! My name is Jen Pruss and I am very excited to be a part of the Contextual Learning experience this year at Canadian International School! I have always wanted to travel to India and I am looking forward to learning from the new environment and the new people I will meet. Currently, I am a rising junior at the University of Michigan majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish with a plan to get my graduate degree in elementary education.
In my free time, I like to spend time outside playing soccer, biking, climbing trees, or reading. Growing up, I played soccer and was on the color guard team in high school which kept me very busy. I also enjoy cooking (sometimes successfully) and annoying my friends by constantly singing songs from musicals. Traveling is also something I am very passionate about. Aside from traveling in the United States, I also have backpacked through Europe where I was able to learn about different cultures and different people I met along the way. I hope to have an equally enriching experience during my time here at CIS.
I am looking forward to meeting both the staff and students this May and June. I believe that the Contextual Learning Program offers opportunities to learn both about oneself as well as Bangalore and I am excited to share that experience with all of you. I think I have just as much learning to do as the students :)
Hello, my name is Cindy Huang and I am so excited to be interning with the Canadian International School for the contextual learning program! I can’t wait to meet and get to know everyone. Currently, I am a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan studying computer science and informatics.
Outside the classroom, I like to stay active and explore new cities. I love traveling and learning about a new culture. As of now, I have visited China, Mexico, Japan, and Germany. Hopefully I will get to explore more of the world in the near future!
Being active is a big part of my life because I played many different sports growing up. I have been swimming competitively since I was little. In high school, I ran track and cross country for my school. Swimming is still my favorite but I’m currently working on being a better rock climber. When I am not out exploring the world, you can find me listening to music, watching documentaries, or reading memoirs.
The Contextual Learning program is truly one of a kind; I haven’t seen anything like it back in the U.S. I look forward to being a part of it and learning from everyone!
Hi my name is Chris Hammersley (photo above) and I will be interning with you during the last two months of your school year! I look forward to meeting you all! Currently, I am in my junior year at the University of Michigan as a philosophy major. Before coming to U of M I earned an Associates degree in Psychology from Northwestern Michigan College and studied Social Work at Ferris State University. Following the completion of my philosophy degree at U of M I plan to continue studying philosophy, earning a graduate level degree, and becoming an educator at the collegiate level.
Aside from being a student, I enjoy travel, experiencing new cultures, and meeting new people. I also enjoy various sports including weightlifting, jogging, soccer, yoga, and the martial art of Brazilian Jujitsu. In the rare down time, I am always up for a good book, a hike through the woods, random discussions about philosophy, or a good laugh with friends.
As a lifelong student, I am very excited to partake in the Contextual Learning program with you all! Learning can be challenging, but by engaging fully in the process and enabling all creative faculties, there is no reason why learning can’t be fun! One motto I try to live by is, “Sapere Aude” which translates from Latin as dare to know or dare to be wise! Further, it means that we all have the capacity to become great if we challenge ourselves to be so. It is my hope that during our time together this motto becomes a reality or, starts to become a reality for each of you!
Hello, my name is Costa Willets (photo above) and I can’t wait to join the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the Contextual Learning adventures of the Canadian International School. I will be traveling to Bangalore from Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Midwestern United States. Currently, I am a junior at the University of Michigan where I study the history, economics, sociology, and politics of nations and cultures all over the world. There are students at my university from 118 countries across the globe!
When I’m not in the classroom or the library you can find me running on the city trails or propped up against a tree reading. Being active is a big part of my life. Growing up, I played a lot of soccer and ran track and cross country for my high school and university. I love music and playing instruments with my friends. I also enjoy travel. I have travelled all over the United States, camping and hiking in 14 national parks. Last summer I traveled to Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia in Central and Eastern Europe, learning as much as I could about the places I visited and the people I met. When I am home in Ann Arbor during the school year, I host a weekly chat café through the university for international students who would like to meet other students and practice their English speaking skills.
I’m very excited to join you in your learning this May and June. In the words of Albert Einstein, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” Curiosity will be our guide when we learn together this spring!