Tell us about an experience you’ve had outside of class (an internship, research project, publication, etc.).
When I was an undergraduate at UCLA, I did a Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Under the guidance of Dr. Ronald Wang, I investigated the potential therapeutic effects of EGCG found in Green Tea for reducing endometriomas in immunocompromised mouse. My wet lab research culminated in a poster presentation, showing the efficacy of green tea against endometriosis.
After I graduated from UCLA in 2017, I became an AmeriCorps Member for City Year Los Angeles (CYLA). CYLA is a non-profit education organization under the AmeriCorps program. I worked with 7th grade inner-city students who are at a higher risk of dropping out. More specifically, I worked bridge their educational gaps in English, Math, and the SocioEmotional Learning by performing in-class support, hosting after school enrichment programs, and leading behavioral intervention activities for my students.
On top of my PPC program, I am also working as a Medical Scribe for Student Scribes, an organization founded by my cohort here in KGI. I am currently scribing in a urology clinic.
What's one thing at KGI that no student should miss or what advice do you have for incoming students?
Life happens even when you're in grad school. Grad school work level is so much different from undergrad—you might even find yourself not having weekends anymore. Nevertheless, it is rewarding. You learn so much from your peers who care so much for your success. KGI cares about your well-being, so don't be afraid to seek help. Also, don't forget to allow yourself some high-quality break. Though your schedule might look like it's impossible to fit in a break, do so anyway. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it.
Where is your favorite spot at KGI or in Claremont and why?
The second floor of the KGI Café, because that's where most of the collaborative efforts between my peers happen :)