I graduated from Pitzer College in 2014 with a degree in Political Studies and a minor in Spanish. Though my degree is in Political Studies, my ultimate goal is becoming a primary care physician. The combination of politics and medicine arose has allowed me to participate in some amazing programs where I have met wonderful people. During the summer of 2012, I was able to combine my study abroad experience with an internship at a local clinic raising public health awareness. This experience sparked a big interest in healthcare and public health, particularly in ways of increasing access while reducing expenditures. My senior honors thesis was a comparative analysis of different healthcare systems around the world and their relationship with health indicators. My passion for public health, politics and medicine allowed me to spend a year in Spain as a Fulbright Research student looking into healthcare access issues.
While at Pitzer, I was able to work in a non-profit organization helping low-income youth achieve their dream of going to college. I also served as an Admission Fellow during my last year in college. I was able to interview prospective applicants, host information sessions for large groups and also reach out to local high schools. Through these experiences I have gained incredible passion for helping students with college application essays. However, my interest in helping students improve on their writing goes beyond English as I have multiple years of experience helping students improve their Spanish. Lastly, I also enjoy helping students with chemistry, and biology.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pitzer College - Bachelor in Arts, Political Studies
soccer, football, coffee, traveling to a different countries to order coffee, exercising, running, medications aspires to and politics.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am a firm believer that providing material through different media is vital for reinforcing important concepts. Whether it is through illustrations, videos, or whatever it may be, I always seek to provide students with multiple visuals to ease difficult concepts.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Well, I always like to introduce my background and experience in the subject. Second, I like to inquire as to the student's biggest academic concern at the moment. Third, I begin to conduct the lesson focusing on the concepts the students feel he/she is the weakest. At the end, I make an academic plan with the student about his/her goals throughout the semester.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage them to think outside the box, question everything, and always strive to do as much work as needed to master the material. However, all of this would not matter if students do not see the big picture. Being able to illustrate to the students the importance of the material is vital for their learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It is easy to be discouraged, particularly if the results are not coming in as desired. I have felt it. However, the road is not as important as the finish line. One must keep on emphasizing the positives and remind the students about the progress they have made and how far they have gotten.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It depends on the subject, but I would often try to use illustrations and multimedia to make a point clear. Seeing the concept being described in multiple ways can be very beneficial.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Going over vocabulary is crucial when understanding passages. If there are words the student does not recognize and understand, it will be harder to comprehend the reading. Identifying troubling vocabulary and reviewing its meaning can help with these issues. I would ask the student to read a passage then tell me what it means in their own words, and which words stood out to them. Once they have successfully understood the meaning of the passage, then I would ask things such as: What was the tone? What is the importance of the passage? Is the author against X-thing or does he support it? Understanding the vocabulary and thinking critically about passages are vital tools that I seek to instill in students who want to better their reading comprehension.