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I am a current student at Cañada College in Redwood City, CA. I major in sociology, for which I won the department prize in May 2013, along with the Jose Mayen Scholarship. This year I was accepted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the junior college honors society. Since October 2012, I have worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula as a 1-on-1 and group tutor, as well as in an administrative capacity.
Academically, I have excelled in many subjects across a wide swath of time. As a high school junior, I received the class prize in United States history, the next year I received the social studies book award. I was a National Merit Commended Scholar, an AP Scholar, and graduated with Dean's Honors.
As a current student, I still relate to the struggles of those having issues in whatever stage they are at. I have overcome nonverbal learning disorder, as well as social anxiety to become a talented public speaker. School is awkward- as it involves not just the academic side but growing up and learning to live with both your parents and peers. Thus school problems are complex and require finding latent passions and figuring out what is a true problem and what is just an effect of that problem. Breaking down a complex math problem, there are not many cases where a student does not know any steps towards solving it- it is usually one or two key ones. By narrowing focus, you can take a student that is "bad at writing" or "bad at history" and realize it is not nearly that dire. It is solvable.
For adults looking to improve their English for professional or social purposes, I would love to help. Going back to being editor-in-chief of a newspaper with a large foreign exchange staff, I have experience and enjoy helping non-native speakers work on their writing and presentation skills.
My hours are fairly open- with a few exceptions, I am available after school Mon-Fri.
In 2008, I took the ACT and scored a 34 on the Science section. The skills involved in scoring well- taking apart a study, finding relevant data, and figuring out what information is important and what is just there to fool you- have been supplemented by a class in research methods, which along with another class in sociology led me to win the department prize in May 2013.
In 11th grade I took both AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics. This was supplemented by a college macroeconomics course in 2010 and an honor's course in American economic history. The latter included a presentation at the Cañada College Honors Symposium regarding original research I had done.
Two years in high school, I was accepted to the Junior Statesmen of America summer program. Both years had a parliamentary debate workshop over various political and policy issues. I also took intensive courses in AP US Government and Politics, political communication, and Constitutional law. Senior year I completed AP Comparative Government and Politics as an independent study, scoring a 5 on the test.
In college, I have taken courses on comparative government, international relations, political economy, and American economic history.
During high school, a year as editor of the literary magazine and a year as co-editor of the newspaper means I proofread most (if not all) of what was published in those two works.
I have done freelance proofreading work for people for whom English is a second language, and also do so on a volunteer basis at Lang-8. The site allows English speakers to correct writing by people learning to learn the language.
In 10th and 11th grade, I was accepted into the Junior Statesmen of America summer program, which included a daily debate program. In the latter session, I won a popular vote with a speech, rebuttal, and closing of a sensitive issue, facing off against a prominent student in the organization.
In fall 2012, I took Comm 110: Introduction to Public Speaking, for which I received an "A" grade. I also spoke at the Cañada College Honors Symposium, doing a presentation on environmental economics. In a non-academic setting, I have both given speeches and edit other people's speeches for protests or political campaigns.
Co-edited the literary magazine in junior year of high school. Active writer on the newspaper sophomore and junior years, co-editor in chief senior year. Senior project was a newsmagazine written by young writers in high school in college, tackling literature, music, and politics.
Maintain an active blog at unspokenpolitics.net. Tutored writing and other subjects to 6th-8th grade children at Belle Haven Community School, a school with achievement problems and crime issues.
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