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I taught a class on drawing, painting and using Adobe Photoshop for four years. I have had digital art pieces featured in galleries. I have also had several pieces used as logos and in advertisements over the years.
I have been a Seventh Day Adventist Christian for over 10 years and have given multiple Bible studies at my church. I went to Japan as a missionary for one year in 2012 and did weekly studies and gave a sermon at the end of my tenure. I have also used the Bible many times in my study of both German and Japanese literature as an undergraduate student.
I taught a drawing class for 4 years in high school and took one non-major drawing course at Boston University along with various other projects in between. I had a gallery opening devoted to my personal work when I was 16 and painted a mural in my high school.
Although I studied German and Japanese literature as my major in college, I have been an avid reader of Anglo-American literature since my childhood. In high school, I was in our honors program every year, and passed the AP Literature exam as a junior. On the GRE, I scored in the 97th percentile for the verbal section and in the 93rd percentile for the writing section.
I have been studying French since 8th grade. I was one of only 2 students in my AP French class to pass the exam and while studying abroad in Germany, I took a class in German on poetry in French and scored very high. In the semester after I graduated college, I also tutored one of my professors in French.
As a high school student, I was always in our honors English classes, and I passed the AP Literature exam as a junior. On the GRE, I scored in the 97th percentile on the verbal section and in the 93rd percentile on the writing section. I also have a year of experience teaching English grammar to Japanese elementary students.
I have been studying Japanese for 5 years. As a senior in college, I translated part of Tawada Yoko's "Kakato wo nakushite (Missing Heels)" for a class project. I spent a year teaching English in Hiroshima, Japan to elementary students, but I was required to use Japanese every day because the students were young.
My major at Boston University was Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. I studied mainly German and Japanese literature but I was also trained in literary theory. As a high school student I was an avid reader of Anglo-American novels and poetry, from Shakespeare and Chaucer to Joseph Heller and Maya Angelou. I got straight A's in every English class I ever took, including all of our honors classes, English 101 as a high school senior and AP American Literature.
I taught a class focused mainly on drawing and Adobe Photoshop for four years in high school, however I also occasionally taught watercolor, acrylic and oil painting. I painted a mural in my high school using acrylic paint and had a gallery showing of my own work when I was 16 that included both pencil and charcoal drawings as well as several paintings.
Although I have never been formally employed as a proofreader, I am the go-to person for grammar and content proofing in my community. My foreign friends have called upon me numerous times to edit their university papers, including work on doctorate level biology and numberless cover letters, essays, etc. Among my domestic friends I am also frequently called upon to work over undergraduate and graduate entrance essays, job applications, and papers on subjects ranging from religion to law.
As a literature major in college, critical reading skills were paramount to my success. I spent countless hours reading in English, German, French, and Japanese on a variety of topics. As a teacher in Japan, I instructed students as young as 3 in learning how to read for the first time and older students in how to read longer pieces in spite of their limited vocabulary.
I scored in the 94th percentile (nationally) in the critical reading section when I took the SAT in high school. Since then I have also taken the GRE and I scored in the 97th percentile for the verbal section. Beyond that, my major in college was literature and critical reading skills were paramount to my success.
In high school, I took every honors English class my school offered and received straight A's in every one, including AP Literature and English 101. At Boston University I also received A's in my writing classes and was constantly writing for my literature classes.
As a lifelong student of foreign language and literature I have amassed a formidable English vocabulary as well as proficiency in several other languages. I also have considerable experience with different strategies for learning vocabulary thanks to my area of study. On the SAT verbal section I scored in the 94th percentile and on the GRE verbal section I scored in the 97th percentile.
As a student of literature I was constantly writing in college and continue to do so now both casually and for my graduate school applications. I am the go-to person in my community for helping other students proof-read and for perfecting the structural aspects of their writing. On the GRE I scored in the 93rd percentile on the writing section.