I recently graduated from Haverford College with a major in East Asian Languages and Cultures and a minor in Chinese. I am currently considering graduate school in China as a way of immersing myself in Chinese culture and broadening the range of my academic experience. I have tutored students since my time in high school at Walter Payton College Prep. My first tutoring job came about when my math teacher at the time asked me to work with three students in Trigonometry and Algebra 2. Since that first tutoring experience, I always knew that I wanted to work with students to help them better understand their course material. In college, I worked with many classmates who were struggling in Chinese by having regular conversations with them and showing different methods of learning the language—it’s much easier than you think, I swear! Chinese is my favorite subject to tutor. Not only is the language itself beautifully methodical, but also the experience of learning and teaching another language along with its immense history and culture is extremely rewarding. For instance, there’s nothing better than finding a sense of humor in another language. My teaching philosophy is to create as much student engagement as possible and to constantly improve upon the methods of engagement. When learning Chinese, it is critical for the student to bridge the gap between hearing the language in their head and speaking it out loud.
Outside of academia, my interests revolve around making all kinds of things: composing music, cooking Chinese dishes, building sculptures, or anything at all! I find it is extremely therapeutic and important to put under-utilized creative energy to use. I also really enjoy graphic novels and science fiction literature. They are great sources of inspiration for the music and art I make.
Haverford College - Bachelors, East Asian Languages and Culture