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Author: Alumna, Kaity Loder
Graduation from MMS
When Milwaukee Montessori asked me to write a post for the alumni blog, I felt initially honored, and then a little bit anxious. I didn’t want to bore readers with the same old musings on how MMS shaped my life etc. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it wouldn’t be boring, it might even be interesting because it was coming from my point of view. The most interesting thing I found, however, was that it allowed me to reflect on my time at MMS, and come to the realization that, while many years removed, it did indeed have quite the impact.
One of the most important things Montessori education taught me was independence. Allowing the child to go about the day selecting the work he or she chooses may not seem like much at the time, but it really encourages a sense of independence and creativity. At MMS, children are allowed to choose their own work throughout the day and even get to select the subject matter of their choice when doing projects or writing reports. This allows the child to pursue what really holds his or her interest, getting them excited about their work. Children end up with a feeling of confidence because they are happy and interested in the work at hand. It would seem unusual, I think, to a Montessori child, to not be able to make almost any choice he or she pleases. It might not seem immediately obvious, but one must only look at the oldest children in the school to see that this independence and faith in the child builds personal confidence.
Ready for first day at DSHA
As I thought about this, I thought about how that Montessori-instilled confidence exhibits itself in my own life. I have forged my own path in life, making choices that were not necessarily always popular or expected, yet I have few regrets. I chose to attend Divine Savior Holy Angels High School after I graduated MMS, despite Pius XI being the popular choice with my classmates. After that I chose to attend Rhodes College in Memphis, TN for my undergraduate degree (I majored in Philosophy), rather than play it safe by going somewhere more nearby. Despite having to strike out on my own path with each new school (I knew no one at either DSHA or Rhodes), I never once had any major doubts about my decisions. By receiving that faith in my own independence at Milwaukee Montessori, I know that whatever life tosses my way, I’ll be able to handle it. Even now, as the future looks terrifying (I’m finishing up my Master’s degree in Philosophy at Ole Miss this May), I know that despite all the anxiety, I’m going to be ok. The choices in my life are up to me. Instead of choosing a degree in something supposedly more practical, I chose to follow my interests and enjoy my studies. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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