In June 2013, I graduated from Masterman High School. Next week, I'll be moving into Drexel University where I will start a Seven Year Accelerated BS/MD Program with Drexel College of Medicine. For the past four years, I worked in University of Pennsylvania's Endocrinology and Fertility Research Clinic and Lab. I hope that after seven years, I will achieve my goal of being a physician (so far, I'm thinking Women's Health -- but nothing is written in stone). I like to think I am a hard worker and I am always willing to sacrifice some time and energy to help those around me. In High School, I was a member of my National Honor Society so in the morning, twice a week, I would tutor students in Masterman Middle School and High School. I tutored with all subjects from 5th grade math to Calculus BC, from basic elementary science to AP Biology. At my church, I volunteered to tutor students on the weekends especially with SAT and ACT prep. I did not do as well as I had hoped on my standardized tests, but the students that I tutored increased their score by hundreds. I think the key aspect of tutoring is taking the time to understand the student's needs and making them feel comfortable asking whatever questions they wanted. By creating a safe environment, the student already has a greater chance of understanding this material than in a classroom full of intimidating students and teachers. Everyone needs help once in a while and its important to establish a connection with the student so that he/she feels they can succeed. Along with that, a successful tutoring session would mean a lot of questioning, a lot of answering and tons of practice. I love children and I think I have a special connection with them as well. When tutoring younger kids, the key is to be patient. Over the years, I think I have learned how to mix fun and games with education. This balance is what allows young children grasp information in a way that they may not have learned before.Fun Facts: In my middle school and high school yearbooks, I was voted for the "Best Laugh". I don't really know what people see in my laugh but I know that I spend the majority of my day finding the good things of this world and laughing. No, I am not a goofball. I take my work very, very seriously but at the same time I know that lighting up the room with a smile is much more worthwhile than being a grouch. So I laugh and smile. A lot.