Coming from Davis, California, I used to joke with my friends that I had no idea cities could directly neighbor each other. I still remember the confusion and shock as I read the street signs subtly change from “Campbell” to “Los Gatos.” I began my career in tutoring during high school, where I tutored my peers. Seeing their faces light up with comprehension and their grades improve fueled my desire to continue helping others, and I explored this avenue further by tutoring AVID students and professionally tutoring algebra.
Upon graduating from Homestead High School, I traveled north to the University of Washington, where I majored in neuroscience and biochemistry and minored in bioethics. I served as the academic chair of my professional organization, providing educational resources to our members. Having taken many introductory STEM courses, I used this opportunity to provide my insights to members through group sessions and expanded the subjects covered by recruiting other lecturers adept in their field.
While my group sessions contained information central to the class, I have found that my most rewarding work is with students I tutored 1-on-1. Individually, I can tailor my educational approach to better fit my students’ learning styles. I continuously gauge their understanding and address any foundational pitfalls, and beyond content, I enjoy helping students with healthy coping skills during times of frustration. I have found that it takes time to build trust with my students, but once established, that rapport aids my influence as a mentor. I view the 1-on-1 interaction as a dialogue, one where my students can expand their intelligence while providing new perspectives.
In my free time, I practice intermediate piano arrangements, serve as a member of the Behavioral Health Board of Santa Clara County, and provide support to individuals in crisis.