I am a graduate of Hampton University and current second year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). I received my Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a focus on pre-medicine and research. During my time in medical school I have served as the Co-Vice President for the BUSM Chapter of the Student National Medical Association, worked with the Boston Public Health Commission to create and teach programming for high school students interested in medicine, and worked as tutor at BUSM for the first year curriculum. While I am able to tutor a broad range of subjects in STEM, I am most passionate about Biochemistry and helping students to write the most effective, grammatically correct, and authentic college app essays and graduate school program personal statements they can. I am also able to help students with other parts of the application process, including drafting request for letters of recommendation, building resumes/curriculum vitae, etc. Most of my experience is at the high school, undergraduate and graduate level. I am experienced with working with non-traditional students (e.g. older age, ESL). I am very understanding of the necessity for students to understand their personal learning styles and possible hindrances to learning (learning disabilities, lack of study skills, language barriers etc.) and how to overcome them. In that regard, I spend a portion of each session with my students accessing gaps in understanding by having the student explain to the best of their ability what they know about the topic, followed by periodic summary by the student of the information discussed to ensure understanding. I ask students to come to our sessions with goals for what they wish to accomplish at each session. I also practice transparency with my students if there is a particular topic that I am not as strong in, being mindful to show students how I garner information to solidify my own understanding and in turn teach them what I have learned. I find this helps the student maintain a sense of autonomy and ownership of their academic experience, while also developing skills for creating study plans, modifying study habits, retaining information, building confidence as a learner, and being comfortable with acknowledging what they do not know. I am a firm believer that anyone can learn anything if provided the proper tools and support. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing poetry, dance classes, and tuning in to Shondaland on Thursday nights when I have the time.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Hampton University - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: Boston University School of Medicine - Doctor of Medicine, Premedicine
Medical equity, spoken word poetry, Surgery and ties to public health, Fiction novels