More About Me
I have always enjoyed teaching, even outside of a formal teaching or tutoring position! Throughout high school & college, friends would always ask me for help with difficult concepts or problems & I found that I really enjoyed helping them. I found that I was able to explain difficult topics in a simple manner & that I truly enjoyed imparting knowledge & helping other people understand the things that I did. This is why I eventually became a teacher scholar & that experience has been nothing but rewarding.
For most of the students in the introductory chemistry lab that I teach, this is their first experience in a scientific laboratory & they are often very intimidated by all the new techniques, equipment, & the structure of a lab class in general. Therefore, my position was more than just helping the students understand new material; it was also helping them become comfortable with science as a whole. And I found that the most effective way to do so was to first build a comfortable relationship with them. In other words, the more comfortable they felt with me, the more comfortable they felt asking questions about the subject material.
And as a result of this established camaraderie, I felt I was able to genuinely connect with my students & help them understand the subject to the best of their ability. Seeing them grow both personally & academically throughout the semester was extremely rewarding & it was beyond humbling being able to witness & aid this growth. Thus, this is the reason I like to tutor for My Private Professor – to help more students grow & attain their greatest potential.
Outside of tutoring & volunteering, I love to dance & research. I have been a member of Danceworx, a student-run dance organization, since my first semester of college & have performed in numerous jazz, tap, & contemporary pieces since then. I have also been doing research in the UC Berkeley Department of Molecular & Cell Biology for the past year. My project entails using genomic tools to study cancer in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) & it has been an intellectually challenging, but extremely compelling & rewarding experience. It has expanded my knowledge & understanding of the world of academia & molecular biology & has deepened my love for science immensely.
Undergraduate University: UC Berkeley
Year of Graduation: 2020
Majors/Minors/Specialization: Major in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Minor in Asian American Studies
Year of Graduation:
College GPA = 3.88; Undergraduate Research Apprentice (URAP) in the UC Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cell Biology; Teacher Scholar in the UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry; Executive Board Member of the UC Berkeley Chapter of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program; High School GPA: weighted- 4.2, unweighted- 4.0; SAT: 2200; ACT: 34; Certificate of Merit Recipient in Piano (2015); National Merit Scholar Finalist (2016); AP Scores: Biology- 5, Chemistry- 5, World History- 5, Calculus BC- 4 (AB Subscore- 5), Statistics- 5, U.S. Government and Politics- 5, English Literature and Composition- 5 SAT II Scores: Biology (Molecular)- 800, World History- 740; AP Scholar with Distinction (2016)
This past semester I have worked as a teacher scholar for UC Berkeley’s chemistry department. Through this position, I worked with a class of 22 freshmen, teaching them basic chemistry concepts and laboratory techniques. I can tutor any level of chemistry or biology (from introductory to college level), introductory physics, basic English and writing, basic math up to algebra 1.
Philanthropy / Volunteering Experience
My major volunteering experience in college has been as a member of UC Berkeley’s chapter of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP). As a member and later as part of the club’s executive board, I have both organized and partaken in free kidney disease screenings for low income communities. At these screenings, I worked alongside nephrologists and physicians to provide free, accessible health care to low-income, minority communities, where many of the community members did not have health insurance or reliable access to quality health care. Through this experience I have been able to see firsthand the impact one can have on his or her community through compassion and dedication. In high school, I was a member of the Vista Irvine chapter of National Charity League, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization with chapters around the country. As a member of this organization, I was able to serve numerous philanthropies and organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Bower’s Museum, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.