More About Me
I want to help others because I knew what it was like to struggle academically. In the beginning of university, I struggled to keep up with a lot of my classes, and that was a great barrier to feeling competent in a high performing school. That being said, I learned to overcome a lot of this by taking advantage of the resources on campus, and allotting myself time to learn how I learn. Right then, I was determined to help others that were going through the same situation as me. When I was granted the opportunity to teach at UCSD as an instructional assistant, it confirmed my belief of wanting to be an assistance to my peers on campus. Teaching was difficult, but the more I do it, the more it felt like I could really help other people and provide them the support they need. Teaching helped me learn more how to help people better. In the times I feel as if I didn’t explain a topic as clearly, I would make adjustments to my teaching style and clarify the next time I spoke with the students. After a few days or so, I would ask my class how they think I was performing, and it was encouraging to hear them say that my supplemental revisions would be helpful. I felt that I was really fulfilling that responsibility as a supportive peer for the students on campus, and I want to continue to do so.
In addition to teaching, I also have in interest and passion in music. I was part of marching band since middle school and in high school, and I was able to be part of field show competitions all throughout Southern California (SCSBOA). I loved the teamwork aspect of the sport, and I believe that translates to how I want to go about teaching; let’s all get better together! I was also in symphonic, jazz, percussion ensembles and had so much fun that I was able to learn 3 instruments in total (the alto saxophone, trombone, and vibraphone). I love learning, and I hope I can convince others that they could too!
Undergraduate University: University of California, San Diego
Year of Graduation: 2020
Majors/Minors/Specialization: General Biology
Year of Graduation:
UC GPA: 3.702 Upper Division Major GPA: 3.941 I did academic research volunteering for half of my undergrad career. SATII Biology M: 740 SATII Chemistry: 760 SAT: 1980 AP Calculus AB: 5 ACT: 32
I have been able to give lab training and teach lab techniques to other incoming undergraduates. This experience has helped me understand how to individually work with my peers when we troubleshoot and figure out how to problem solve together. I also learned how to communicate biological lab procedures and relay the information precisely. However, most recently, I have participated in BISP 195 which is a class on teaching at UCSD, and have taught one discussion section for lower division cell biology. This was my first proper introduction to teaching in a classroom setting, and I have learned a lot about how to foster a more inclusive and effective learning environment. When I started teaching, I realized that there was so much diversity even in just one section, and I wanted to do my due diligence to teach in a way that can help everyone. I learned to be more aware of the position I was in and to be very respectful to the students around me. I tried to implement a more growth mindset while teaching and learned to keep encouraging my students to engage and learn alongside me. I believe that this experience has helped me become more aware of how a classroom functions as well as how to communicate biology with students. I feel better equipped with the knowledge I have now about teaching technique and strategy.
Philanthropy / Volunteering Experience
I worked for Wee Companions Small Animal Adoption in which I helped educate people on the care and maintenance of hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and sometimes chinchillas as well as help give these small animals new homes. I also volunteered for the Feral Cat Coalition in the general San Diego area in which we practiced the trapping, neutering, and release of feral cats. I was fortunate to also have experience volunteering in a vet clinic and help treat sick animals that came in. In the more academic scene, I was able to volunteer in a lab that was researching the genes regulating hormone signaling in plants. This is important research contributing to how we should go about the effects of global warming and other stressors to our food supply and plant biomass in general.