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.