Albuquerque Academy: On the Path Podcast

Anneliese Carlson-Interview with AA 9th Grader!

October 12, 2020 Mickey Season 1 Episode 5
Albuquerque Academy: On the Path Podcast
Anneliese Carlson-Interview with AA 9th Grader!
Chapters
1:33
Welcome, Anneliese
2:06
What's it like to be a new 8th grader?
3:15
Academic transition to the Academy
5:33
Balancing school and home life
6:25
Experiential Education
7:40
Bears!
8:50
Favorite 8th Grade Event
11:00
How has the Academy enriched your life?
11:50
Teacher Support
12:36
Best part of being an 8-9 student
13:42
Final Thoughts
Albuquerque Academy: On the Path Podcast
Anneliese Carlson-Interview with AA 9th Grader!
Oct 12, 2020 Season 1 Episode 5
Mickey

In this episode of the On The Path podcast, we visit with AA 9th grader, Anneliese Carlson. Anneliese tells us about coming to the Academy as a new 8th grader, how she achieves balance between AA and her home life, what some of her favorite parts of being in the 8-9 division are and we'll also discuss the famous "bear incident"! Don't miss this fun and informative conversation with Anneliese about the experience of being an Albuquerque Academy 8th and 9th grader. 

In this episode, Mickey is joined by 6-7 Coordinator for Recruitment and Outreach, Ashlene Miller as co-host. For more information about Albuquerque Academy and its offerings, please visit www.aa.edu.


Show Notes Transcript Chapter Markers

In this episode of the On The Path podcast, we visit with AA 9th grader, Anneliese Carlson. Anneliese tells us about coming to the Academy as a new 8th grader, how she achieves balance between AA and her home life, what some of her favorite parts of being in the 8-9 division are and we'll also discuss the famous "bear incident"! Don't miss this fun and informative conversation with Anneliese about the experience of being an Albuquerque Academy 8th and 9th grader. 

In this episode, Mickey is joined by 6-7 Coordinator for Recruitment and Outreach, Ashlene Miller as co-host. For more information about Albuquerque Academy and its offerings, please visit www.aa.edu.


 


Tue, 10/13 9:03AM • 14:48

SPEAKERS

Ashlene Miller, Anneliese Carlson, Mickey Jones

 

Mickey Jones  00:12

Hello, and welcome to the Albuquerque Academy on the path podcast. My name is Mickey and I work in the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Albuquerque Academy.

 

Ashlene Miller  00:22

And my name is Ashlene and I work in the admission and enrollment office as well with Mickey.

 

Mickey Jones  00:28

All right, Mrs. Miller. So our guest today is the amazing Anneliese Carlson, she's a rising ninth grader at Albuquerque Academy. She's an Albuquerque native, she loves to run an exercise. She's got five younger siblings, and she is an amazing young lady who I got to meet this year as part of our eight nine Ambassador Program at Albuquerque Academy, where she hosted students who were visiting our campus and took them around her classes and showed them the school and in what I noticed always about Annalise is that she was she was consummate, she was always on time, she was always ready to help if I needed last minute stuff. And, and at the end of every day, when she took a kid around that kid inevitably threw her arms around Anneliese and gave her a big hug. And I know that that that person who came to visit us had an amazing day because of Annalise and, and she's a perfect ambassador for our school. So welcome Anneliese.

 

Anneliese Carlson  01:35

Oh, hello.

 

Mickey Jones  01:37

So great to talk to you. And I'm happy to see you after all this quarantine stuff.

 

Anneliese Carlson  01:41

Oh, yes. 

 

 

Mickey Jones  01:48

So we have a few questions for you. Because we'd like to know--

We'd like to know more about the academy experience from the students perspective. And we'd like to be able to share that with the listeners of our podcast. So we're going to ask you a few questions. And and you let us know what you think about this stuff. So I'll let Mrs. Miller toss you the first question.

 

Ashlene Miller  02:05

All right, Anneliese, um, you mentioned that last year was your first year at the Academy. We have a lot of students who come to the eight-nine division, it is our second biggest entrance point other than sixth grade. And I'm wondering How was it for you to come in as a new student, and to make friends and to get acclimated to the academy?

 

Anneliese Carlson  02:28

It was actually fairly easy, because everyone here is so accepting and so nice. And so it was easy to find good friends. And so, yeah, that aspect of it was relatively not as difficult.

 

Ashlene Miller  02:43

Were there any specific activities that helped you with that?

 

Anneliese Carlson  02:49

I think all the clubs like speech and debate and student ambassador helped me make friends and helped me get acclimated more,

 

Ashlene Miller  02:56

what clubs have you participated in?

 

Anneliese Carlson  02:59

I have participated in speech and debate and the student ambassador club.

 

Mickey Jones  03:05

So in terms of just kind of staying with this theme of acclimating as a new student, what did you think about? You know, what was your experience? Like academically? Did you find it the transition difficult that way? Or, or not so much? Or, or if you did find it challenging? What? What kinds of things helped you through those challenges? 

 

Anneliese Carlson  03:29

I found it slightly challenging, because the coursework from my other school wasn't as intense. But all the teachers really helped me to get good study habits going. And so that I was able to complete my work on time. And so with all the teachers support, I think that the new workload, it really just kind of it got easier with time.

 

Mickey Jones  03:52

Did that workload and how did that work load translate sort of directly into homework? How do you view homework and Academy because one of the things that I noticed and envy because my my school life was nothing like this, is that you guys have these times during the day while you're at school, that are open to you to use the way that you want to free times. And I've wondered if that helps with homework or do you just--

 

Anneliese Carlson  04:21

 yeah that really helps with homework. Yeah, sometimes homework is not like a huge part of that. But other times, it is also what I find really helpful with homework as that the academy leaves their library open after hours, so I can schedule study groups.

 

Mickey Jones  04:39

It's terrific. In the free times when you said sometimes they're good for homework sometimes not. I mean, I'm assuming but you can correct me if I'm wrong, that part of what you're saying is that sometimes it's preferable to use that time to just hang out with your friends and relax a bit. And I've also found- I feel I'm sounding like a true charger, cheerleader right now-I also feel like that must make going to class easier that day, if you've had some time to blow off steam and, and not have to still be in a chair the whole time thinking and working? Is that your experience?

 

Anneliese Carlson  05:18

Oh yes. If you're just in back to back classes, it gets a little more hard to concentrate. But if you have a little break, where you can rest your mind, it's much easier to concentrate and learn the material.

 

Ashlene Miller  05:30

That leads me to another question. How do you feel? How do you maintain a healthy balance at school and at home?

 

Anneliese Carlson  05:39

Well, what I've started to do is I've started to try to get all my homework done at the library with study groups, and so that I can differentiate. Well, you know, how you work, and then you don't really work at home, I try to get my homework done so that there's like a difference. So I don't really have like a homework setting at home.

 

Mickey Jones  06:01

That makes sense. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

 

Ashlene Miller  06:05

You are very wise beyond your years.

 

Mickey Jones  06:15

One of the...when Ashlene and I were talking about some of the things we thought would be fun to talk about with the students. One of the programs we wanted to specifically ask about was was the experiential education program. And in eighth and ninth grade, that's a required part of your experience. So I think for all the potential new eighth and ninth graders out there listening to this podcast, hearing your perspective on that very specific and unique program would be interesting. So what has been your experience? What have you done? And...

 

Anneliese Carlson  06:50

I think that experimental education is really important, because that was the time that I formed the most solid relationships, both with the teachers and the students around me. And also, I just, it was a fun way to kick off the school year. Like, yeah, what do you do? Um, we went to Hummingbird that year.

 

Mickey Jones  07:10

So you...for the sake of our viewers, when you say Hummingbird, because some people might not know what that is. But we're very familiar that what is Hummingbird?

 

Anneliese Carlson  07:20

hummingbird is like a cabin in the mountains, over by... It's kind of by battle rock, I guess.

 

Mickey Jones  07:27

Yeah. Fenton lake,

 

Anneliese Carlson  07:28

fenton lake, yeah, that's what I was thinking of. So yeah, it's a really fun place with, there's a stream flowing through it even got a bear warning, which was exciting that the possibility of a bear was a thing...

 

Mickey Jones  07:44

Hey, that's possible on our campus. I was gonna,

 

Ashlene Miller  07:48

we've had one on campus before you were there Anneliese, we had a bear up in a tree on campus, and they had to put a lockdown in place. And I did not work in that this bill at the time Mr. Jones was but I got an alert on my phone. And it said they were on lockdown due to a bear being on the campus. So it's happened on our campus.

 

Mickey Jones  08:10

The class I was locked down in the kids were asking me, Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones, why are we locked down and I thought they might think it was interesting in it, and maybe funny. And I said, well there's a bear on campus. And one kid just started crying. He totally lost it. Now, but I promise that was comforting at the time.

 

Ashlene Miller  08:33

Sure you were, Mr. Jones

 

Anneliese Carlson  08:35

i am one of those kids that would want to go see the bear.

 

Ashlene Miller  08:38

Yes. And there were a lot of those. There were a lot of those. Um, can I ask you what was your favorite student event during your eighth grade year? What is most memorable to you that sticks out to you it can be something big or small or a school tradition, but what really meant a lot to you or sticks out in your mind.

 

Anneliese Carlson  09:01

So I was I would say, probably I was looking forward really to community day. That would stick out in my mind a lot because it was just from what I heard all the students got together. And it was a day of community and we had a regatta and then we had all sorts of fun activities. And so yeah, that would...

 

Ashlene Miller  09:24

...and we missed out on that this year, but hopefully we will get it back next year. Can you talk...Do you know much about regatta Do you want to talk about it a little bit? 

 

Anneliese Carlson  09:36

Um, I'm not very familiar, but I know that it's called the Reynolds regatta and each advisory separates and each advisory built a boat solely out of cardboard and duct tape and then we race them down and back in the school pool. Yes, people from each advisory.

 

Ashlene Miller  09:54

It is one of my favorite traditions at the Academy. It's very funny to watch for sure. And so is there another event that you got to participate in this year that sticks out to you?

 

Anneliese Carlson  10:08

Yeah, it was probably convocation, just the energy in that room. The excitement of the first day. The seniors walking by, it was all just so positive in there.

 

Ashlene Miller  10:22

It's very memorable, isn't it with the music and the energy of it, like you said, it's amazing. And the music and it's a beauty and all the seniors dressed in white. It's a beautiful, it's a beautiful tradition.

 

Mickey Jones  10:37

So Anneliese for I, I'm curious about. We talk a lot it at the academy about the experience students have academically and how well prepared they are by that process as they get older and make their way to their college years and things like that. But I wanted to ask you, um, what ways do you feel like, so far, you've only been at the academy for a year. But what ways so far have you felt that being a student at Albuquerque Academy has enriched your life, not so much in a specific like, intellectual or academic way, but just in a general way, as it had an effect on your life that you have reflected them?

 

Anneliese Carlson  11:24

Definitely, like, I've learned to make much better habits at the Academy. And the academy just makes sure you're well rounded. Like it's not focusing solely on academics. But Hummingbird camp was an excellent example of this. They get community together to celebrate. And they make sure that you have a sense of community. And they also provide you with a sense of nature, like a good appreciation for nature, with all the activities of

 

Ashlene Miller  11:53

how do you feel that teachers have helped you cared for you guys to do this year as a new student in eighth grade?

 

Anneliese Carlson  12:03

Um, well, the teachers have been really supportive like they, at the beginning of the year, some teachers handed out some guides, so that I could study easier. And then the teachers, they focus on reviewing the material a lot, which really solidifies it in my brain. And then the teachers are also open to both visual and learners and learners that learn by hearing. And so they're opened up every type of learner.

 

Ashlene Miller  12:33

Great statement. I love to hear that about our classrooms. What do you think is the best part of being an eight nine student?

 

Anneliese Carlson  12:42

Oh, that's tough. I think in eight nine, I think, just the sense of growing up, because you graduate from the six, seven division and you feel a sense of, I'm older now I have more responsibility. Your friendships mature and like your relationships with teachers, they become less authoritarian and more like we're partners in this time.

 

Mickey Jones  13:15

That's a wonderful answer. Well, Anneliese that's pretty much that's pretty much it for today. We We really enjoyed visiting with you, you you're marvelous young lady. We're we're so appreciative that you were willing to sit down to talk with us about the academy and, and we know it's been a weird and strange first year. Do you have any final words or thoughts you want to offer?

 

Anneliese Carlson  13:46

I just say that the Academy has dealt with the whole Coronavirus situation really well. Um, they've provided online learning, which a lot of public schools have not. And so I'm really appreciative of that, that I get to continue learning, even if it is online.

 

Ashlene Miller  14:02

Well, thank you for being such a wonderful positive representation of our students. Appreciate your time so much. Thank you.

 

Anneliese Carlson  14:09

Thank you.

 

Mickey Jones  14:10

Thank you, Anneliese. Bye. Thanks for listening to the on the bath podcast. If you're interested in learning more about Albuquerque Academy's educational programs, its history or the application process, please visit our [email protected]

Welcome, Anneliese
What's it like to be a new 8th grader?
Academic transition to the Academy
Balancing school and home life
Experiential Education
Bears!
Favorite 8th Grade Event
How has the Academy enriched your life?
Teacher Support
Best part of being an 8-9 student
Final Thoughts