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Princeton University
Academic letter, Hispanic Heritage Foundation 2011 Washington DC Regional Youth Award Gold Medallion Scholarship Winner in Engineering & Mathematics, DuPont Challenge Senior Division Honorable Mention 2010, National Youth Salute 2011
I come from a very close-knit Latino family. On a Friday night, you’ll find my parents, sister, and me huddled on the couch, watching movie after movie for hours. I grew up eating traditional Hispanic food, listening to Latino music, speaking Spanish, and I have grown to love my ethnicity and the uniqueness it brings to my life. Having grown up with a very artistic mother, I have loved drawing and crafting since a very early age. Although I would not call it much more than a hobby, I like to habitually grab my sketchbook and pen and find a place on campus to sit and draw for a few hours while listening to some calming music and clearing my mind. Another relaxing activity I enjoy is playing my favorite sport: volleyball. Throughout high school I played on my school’s varsity team, and now I play on Princeton’s Volleyball Club as libero. Apart from getting to do something I love, my teammates have been a constant source of entertainment, support, and lasting friendships. I am extremely enthusiastic about math, science, and education in general. I believe that with the right tools and resources, any student can achieve their goals. For this reason, I have been very involved in tutoring and mentorship programs. As an elementary school tutor throughout high school, I was able to teach kindergarteners how to count, be an assistant for a second grade math class, and tutor one-on-one. I had the opportunity to help a second grade Colombian girl as she made the transition from being top of her class in her home country to feeling isolated and frustrated in a new place to reading and writing at the same level as her classmates, all in just one year. Additionally, I helped organize a weekly mentoring program through my high school’s Hispanic Alliance to give kids the preparation and confidence they needed to pursue their passions. As co-president of the organization, I sought out motivated individuals that would be leaders for children facing barriers in their education. At Princeton, I volunteered through the One-on-one Tutoring Program at St. Paul’s school. I worked with a sixth grade girl weekly in math, science, history, and reading. Through these programs, I gained experience working with children of all ages, and saw the tremendous impact these support systems can have on a student’s academic progress.
Princeton University
US Presidential Scholar, National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, Guest Editor - "Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT" (2011-2012 ed.)
I have significant teaching experience through the Princeton Bridge Year Program, where I taught in India. I was also was selected to be the guest editor of the 2011-12 edition of “Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT”. I have always been a teacher. Not in the sense that I work in a classroom and give examinations to classrooms full of students, but in the sense that I have always been driven to share what I know and what I learn with others. Friends and family have always come at the top of my list, but even in my interactions with people on a general basis, I highly value the mutually beneficial exchanges of information and opinion that can come through even in the smallest of conversations. Tutoring in practice depends on an integration of comforting personal interaction, to create a relaxed and productive learning environment, with the effective communication and demonstration of mastered material. I see a crucial goal of helping to optimize the tutee’s ability to understand and apply information autonomously, which is what eventually leads to improvement in student self-confidence and eventually, in test scores.
Princeton University
National Merit Scholar, Cum Laude Society
I love tutoring because it gives me the opportunity to share the knowledge that I gained in high school with other students. It's a truly awesome experience to be able to work one on one with a student and see them improve week to week. I have always had a passion for learning, and my hope is to instill that passion in others. I enjoy tutoring a variety of subjects, particularly algebra, French, biology, and chemistry.
Princeton University
Head of Form Award, Head of School Award (Valedictorian), National Merit Scholar, School Commencement Award for Philanthropy, Love of Mankind, Princeton Book Prize
The hallmark of my high school experience was the small size of the student body (about 500 students total, 127 in my graduating class) and the small class sizes (about 12 students per class). My high school utilizes the Harkness educational method of having students and teachers sit around one table, where the exchange of ideas and classwork is easily facilitated and more intimate than in a conventional classroom setting. Another meaningful experience I had from this high school experience was my time tutoring students in writing (as a Writing Fellow), in math (as a Math Fellow), and in chemistry, and classical languages among other subjects. I enjoyed applying my grasp of the value of small educational settings to these one-on-one sessions and watching my students grow. I believe that I owe whatever measurable academic success I have experienced since coming to Princeton to my ability to internalize this notion of intimate academic and intellectual interactions with my peers and teachers. I bring to each class a special passion for the subject that I am studying, and I believe that this passion for school and classes is fostered by close interactions with the intellectual energy of others. This is the methodology I apply when I tutor my fellow students. When I can get a student to temporarily place his/her academic experience in the capsule of a tight-knit, one-on-one intellectual experience, I know that that student will be best equipped to develop his/her own passion for the subject being studied. It is this passion, in turn, that engenders a student’s prowess in a certain subject, for when a student is passionate about a topic, he/she can maximize the use of his/her mental faculties for mastering said topic. Therefore, I know both how to elicit energy from a student who might be reluctant about how to tackle a difficult concept and how to fuel the drive of a student who is already working very hard on a course or project. It is my hope that this methodology, and the record of experiences I have had that have led me to develop this approach, will allow me to foster strong critical thinking skills and study techniques in all the students I work with. I have already seen how a student can grow as problem solver and test-taker. I hope to dedicate myself to assisting as many students as possible in their endeavors to transform from more academically inept individuals to students performing at the peak of their abilities.
Princeton University
National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction
I really love chemistry and math, and am currently abroad in Australia for the semester where I get the unique experience to work in an antibacterial resistance lab synthesizing a new antibiotic, and can't wait to apply these skills back at Princeton in the Fall. I also am really excited to pursue more graphic design, and may take a post-graduate year or two to study the visual arts before heading on to grad school in biomedical sciences.
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