More About Me
Hello! My name is Sabrina. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of California in San Diego majoring in English Literature/Writing and double minoring in Psychology and Education Studies.
My story starts with being lost. Much like anybody else, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to help people, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to achieve that. The moment I realized I wanted to go into teaching was when I was volunteering for this program called “Everybody Reads” at Noble elementary school. There was this second grader I was working with every month and when I initially started working with him, he was a shy child who would speak softly and struggle to sound out words, often opting to have me read to him instead. And yet, now he was sitting in front of me, proudly reading his favorite chapter book. It was both heartwarming and inspiring to know that reading with him had helped develop skills that would stay with him for his future of learning.
Aside from my passion for tutoring, I love anything involving the performing arts and music, but particularly singing because I have been doing it since I was three years old. Naturally, I have an affinity for reading and writing as well. My current read is “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. One of my biggest desires is to be able to travel and experience the world. I’ve never been outside of North America, but something about immersing myself in different cultures is enriching.
Anyway, that was a lot, but here’s the short of it. I am so excited to meet and start working with you. I can only promise to work hard and to do so with a smile on my face.
Undergraduate University: University of California, San Diego
Year of Graduation: 2022
Majors/Minors/Specialization: Majors: Literature/writing | Minors: Psychology, Education Studies
Year of Graduation:
HIGH SCHOOL: Valedictorian, 4.30 GPA, AP Scholar with Distinction 2018, AP Capstone Diploma 2018, Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, AP Scholar with Honor 2017, Distinguished Member of National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation COLLEGE: 3.83 GPA/Provost Honors
I have educated students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade in Reading, Writing, and Math during and after school. I worked in conjunction with other tutors and the teacher to tailor study methods for students that ensured maximum efficacy. I advised students on time management, developing personal voice, and critical thinking to cultivate individual growth. I contributed 50+ hours in private tutor sessions through the California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, and the Tzu Chi Foundation’s Everybody Reads programs. To this very day, I still seek opportunities to teach and, in turn, grow myself. I've helped peers on a variety of pieces in multiple settings from non-fiction writing in a workshop-style environment to something as casual as helping my older sister write her speech. I genuinely feel good about helping others achieve their aspirations and, more importantly, to believe in themselves.
Philanthropy / Volunteering Experience
Benevolence has been instilled in me from a young age and is one of the cornerstones of the person I am today. I started volunteering when I was in middle school. Honestly, I wasn't all too interested in serving a greater cause at first, but my whole perspective changed as I continued to volunteer with my family. My mom brought us to pass out food to homeless people in downtown LA. The prospect of hanging around for an hour in the sun or in the wind in a dingy area was less than appealing. But, one day as people were lining up for food, I passed a sandwich to someone and they walked away with the widest smile on their face. They thanked us profusely before leaving. I've never seen someone in such a situation so blissful and grateful. We had provided their simple happiness and there was no feeling more heartwarming than that. I have since stopped going to that seemingly random street corner to hand out food with my community center, but I haven't stopped my personal mission to be the light for others. I have volunteered throughout high school until now at pet shelters, schools, marathons, food kitchens, and more because I believe in the value of it. I was the co-vice president of key club in high school, often finding various events for my club to go to. I joined the National Honors Society and California Scholarship Federation, receiving a stole upon graduation for my achievements within the club. I was also the pledge service chair in my co-ed community service-based fraternity, where my co-chair and I planned and executed a 3-hour service project for 31 people. I am currently serving as the Operation Santa Chair, where myself and 3 of my peers will be adapting our gift-giving program to the unique COVID-19 situation. In light of the social justice campaign going on, I have also helped with the donation collection for the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Bail Fund, in which we raised $890.