I am from Los Angeles, CA and have lived here for most of my life. I went to University of California - Berkeley, one of the top public schools in the US (and world, I believe). As a student there, I studied applied mathematics with an emphasis in statistics, since math and statistics are increasingly becoming more ubiquitous in our society (e.g. predicting elections, technology, cryptography, NetFlix). While in college, I also learned more about social justice issues and am continuously becoming more aware of these issues every day.

One of the main activities I was involved in during my college years was teaching. In my last semester I was an instructor for a small seminar class and taught grad students about simulation software that they might encounter. But for the most part, I was a math and stats tutor- for approximately 2 1/2 years. These jobs consisted of one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, and occasionally giving review lectures to many students (ranging from 5 to 70 students). The main subjects I tutored were calculus 1, 2, and 3, precalculus, and statistics, but on occasion I tutored linear algebra and probability theory. I enjoyed my tenure as a tutor because I was able to explain hard problems to struggling students, and I was filled with excitement if they understood the concepts. My job wasn't to just tell them how to do a specific problem, but walk them through problems with concepts that they would engrave in their heads to use for many different situations. Since I love math, it was doubly rewarding to teach one of my favorite subjects. I remember when I was a high school student learning calculus when the concepts just clicked and it was amazing. Edward Frenkel, one of my former math professors and NY Times best selling author, says that those who hate math haven't been taught about it through a different perspective. I hope after tutoring students, they will feel enthusiastically about mathematics as I do or Professor Frenkel feels about it.