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!
University of Michigan Interns visit CIS to help with Contextual Learning 2017
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!