Portrait of a Graduate - Will Loder

Class of 2005 alum Will Loder is on the accelerated track to a successful post-graduate career


In our last edition of Monte”stories,” we highlighted two alumni from the MMS Class of 2005 and their acceptance to the Medical College of Wisconsin. Today we’re happy to report yet another member of the Class of 2005 has been accepted into a prestigious graduate program. MMS alum Will Loder has recently been accepted to the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, an accelerated post-graduate track that will allow him to earn his Master's in just one year. This accomplishment is particularly noteworthy because of the 1,000 applications submitted on average each year, roughly just 110-130 students are accepted into this fast-paced, highly-advanced accelerated Master’s program.

Will is also a talented cellist. In fact, he began playing cello here at MMS!

Will is currently completing his undergraduate degree at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. The school’s curriculum is all-required, which means every student completes the same discussion-based classes in a variety of subjects including philosophy, literature, mathematics, laboratory science, foreign languages and music.

After spending time at St. John’s, Will looks forward to deciding his own path of study at the University of Chicago and, possibly, beyond. The Master of Arts Program in the Humanities will give Will the freedom to experience high-level graduate work in several Humanities departments. If he chooses to continue education further after completing his Master’s degree, Will would like to pursue his Ph.D. and then plan a career in teaching. If he chooses to begin his career after earning his Master’s, Will would look to a career in arts administration.

Clearly, Will is an incredibly driven student. When he looks back on his days at MMS, he says he believes his education here taught him to balance coursework in multiple areas of study by giving him the freedom to concentrate on areas where he was most interested. “Encouraging this intellectual curiosity at MMS gave me the confidence to continue to pursue it after graduation,” Will says. “The openness to new ideas and questions is an integral part of my current education, and is something that will play an important role in my studies at the University of Chicago.” Will says his Montessori education, where he was provided “an environment to connect different areas of study into one whole,” was an influencing force in his decision to attend both St. John’s and the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.

We are proud to count Will as one of our esteemed graduates, and wish him the best of luck as he completes his undergraduate studies and continues his education as part of the prestigious accelerated Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

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