Gwyneth Wong

Gwyneth Wong

Student, Class of 2021

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Last updated December 29, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

A student journalist, social activist, aspiring doctor, dog obsessed 17 year-old who is passionate about studying biology, anthropology, health.

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

I was born and raised in Palo Alto, California and a part of Palo Alto Senior High School's Class of 2021. I'm excited to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology at Pitzer College in the fall of 2021. I believe my greatest strength is my ability to work with others. Being more collaborative has been the biggest area of growth of mine in the past few years. Before high school, I was a soft-spoken kid so I tried to embody an adult persona and do every school assignment alone. I feared I would be bothering my classmates by asking for their support. However, in high school, I started participating in journalism, tennis, and volunteering amongst other group activities which demanded a deeper commitment to teamwork. The false mindset that once held me back disappeared when I learned from my extracurriculars that I could trust someone to help me if I struggled. Now, as a more extroverted person, I enjoy engaging with others and value teamwork. I look to continue leveraging my teamwork skills to help others in the many communities I will be a part of. My life goal is to continue improving others' physical and mental health because I believe everybody deserves to be healthy and happy. I was first interested in learning about the human body in 5th grade when I participated in a lung dissection. It was fascinating to learn about the intricacies of the human body. To further my knowledge of the human body throughout high school, I have taken many health classes and programs outside of school and interned with a pathologist at Lakewood Hospital. From these classes, programs, and internship, I have learned about diseases, treatments, medical research, and life as a health care worker. Freshman year, I struggled to understand why several of my classmates at Palo Alto Senior High School had chosen to end their lives when they had only just begun. I wondered if their deaths could have been prevented if they’d sought help and I felt a responsibility to contribute to my community. This how my interest in mental health commenced. I began volunteering with mental health organizations, Youth Community Initiative and Project Safety Net, to change the narrative of seeking mental health support, address the stigma, and bring attention to the impact of stress on students. Throughout high school, I have worked to fulfill my goal of helping others get rid of both their physical and/or emotional pain. Because I hope to support others, I envision myself as a doctor in the future. Alongside physical and mental health, I am also passionate about social justice. Currently, I hold three leadership roles on my school's social activism and justice magazine, Anthro. As a writer on the magazine, I am able to raise awareness about issues like racism in my community, share my perspectives, and educate others. Given the current political climate, I think it is more important than ever that I share my voice to help bring about change in this country. I support movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Me Too movement, and the Grassroots movement to name a few. In my free time, I love to play tennis with my younger sister (and beat her), hike at Foothills Park, and dance with my friends.

Interesting Factoid

I put a heaping load of ketchup on every food I eat. Interestingly, I find it pairs best with my favorite Costco chocolate chip pancakes.


Languages

English
Cantonese
Spanish

Countries Visited

Map View

Hong Kong
Denmark
Singapore
Japan
Canada
Sweden
France

What I Do  


Professional Experience

Employee

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019
Vitality Bowls is a healthy food and drink store. As an employee, I made food and drinks and worked the cash register. I learned communication skills, how to set priorities, and work under pressure. Working at Vitality Bowls took 18 hours of my time per week.

Andy Harader's Tennis Camp

Coach

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018
Andy Harader's Tennis Camp is a tennis summer camp for little kids. As a coach, I taught kids tennis and played games with them. I learned how to make learning fun and engaging. Working at Andy Harader's Tennis Camp took 18 hours of my time per week.

Professional Organizations

Intern

Aug 2019 - Jun 2020
PUNCH Magazine is a small publication focused on the Peninsula. As an intern, I helped with various office tasks and contributed to writing short-form pieces. I learned how a small magazine functions and enhanced my journalistic skills. I spent 2+ hours per week interning. Interning at PUNCH Magazine took 2 hours of my time per week.

Professional Interests

Biology
Health
Anthropology
Research

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Mental Health
Police Brutality
Climate Change
Sexual Assault


Volunteer Experience

Palo Alto, CA, USA

Aug 2017 - Present
Youth Community Initiative is a youth mental health group dedicated to engaging the community and erasing the stigma of seeking mental health support. As chair of the outreach team, my role includes managing the outreach team and social media. I frequently collaborate with my peers to create, coordinate, and market community mental health events. From this extracurricular, I continually learn and educate my peers and adults in the community about mental health. Volunteering at YCI takes 4 hours of my time per week.
Palo Alto, CA, USA

Oct 2017 - Present
Project Safety Net is a Bay Area organization dedicated to helping prevent youth suicides. I work create mental health events for the community. I also serve as a panelist in public forums where I share my experiences with mental health. I have learned more about mental health and how to help others who are struggling with mental illness. Volunteering at PSN takes 4 hours of my time per week.
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Favorites  

Hobbies

Playing Tennis
Hiking
Skiing
Playing Ultimate Frisbee
Making Tiktoks

Food & Drinks

Gooey Mac and Cheese
Cold Pepperoni Pizza
Water
Oat Milk
It's it Ice Cream Sandwiches
Milk tea

Games

Wii
Among Us

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Rap
Pop

Juice WRLD
Kanye West
Lana Del Rey
Mariah Carey

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Tennis
Swimming

N/A

Serena Williams
Roger Federer
Venus Williams
Mackenzie McDonald
Katie Ledecky

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

Lord of The Rings
The Blind Side
Mission Impossible
Jumanji

The Office
Worst Cooks in America

Sandra Bullock
Kevin Hart
Jack Black

Brands

Amazon
Patagonia
Peet's Coffee

Bucket List  

Go Skydiving

I would love to see Earth's beauty from far away. I also love being adventurous! I would specifically love to skydive in Hawaii.

Be a Pug Groomer

I love pugs and as a pug groomer, I can meet many pugs!
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Education  

School

Palo Alto Senior High School

Aug 2017 - Present

Clubs and Communities

Career Month Committee

Digital Content President, Publicity Manager

Oct 2019 - Present
Career Month Committee plans a month long event at Palo Alto Senior High School where people come talk to students about their jobs. Students gain insight into various careers and can start building connections early on. I am responsible for advertising and managing all digital platforms for the committee including the website & social media. I also help to recruit speakers. From my two leadership positions, I have enhanced my marketing & computer skills. I frequently work with the other ten people on the committee. This club takes 6 hours of my time per week.

Note Taking Club

Note Taker

Aug 2020 - Present
I take detailed notes for classes for those who are absent. I learned how to take detailed notes that are easy to read and concise. This club takes 1 hour of my time per week.

Academic Interests

Human Biology
Biology
Anthropology
Physical Anthropology
Health

Extracurricular Activities

Anthro Magazine
Via Verde Magazine
United States Tennis Association
Varsity Girls Tennis Team
Neighbor's House
Relief Tutoring
Lakewood Hospital