I have always enjoyed – and have been told I have a talent for – helping my peers with schoolwork. On numerous occasions in high school and college, I heard a classmate ask a question, only to have the professor misunderstand and give an answer that was not particularly helpful. This always frustrated me, because I almost always understood the intent of the question and knew how to explain the answer in a simpler way. Teaching and tutoring allow me to make use of this ability by re-framing difficult concepts in a way that makes them easier for students to understand.
In the past, I have worked for the Princeton Review, teaching SAT prep classes for high school students and also training in ACT and SSAT/ISEE. It is extremely rewarding to see students improve their scores rapidly just by learning how to approach standardized tests, and it’s an added bonus when they say that their performance in school has actually improved as a result of their test prep.
For the past year or so, I have been living in Princeton, working for Princeton Asset Management Group, and training for the triathlon age-group world championships in Chicago, where I recently placed 10th in the 20-24 age group in the Olympic-distance race and 15th in the sprint distance. I will also be competing in next year’s world championships in Cozumel, Mexico.
Education: Princeton University
Undergrad Major: Molecular Biology
Other Degrees/Minors: Certificate in Neuroscience
Class Rank: 5%
Awards & Honors: Classical Diploma (4+ years of Latin and 1+ year of Classical Greek), Yale Cup (awarded to senior who "best combines the highest standards of character and leadership with excellence in his studies and in athletics"), VanderWolk College Scholarship, Early Induction into Cum Laude Society, Co-captain of Varsity Crew and Cross-Country teams, member of Varsity Indoor Track, several Science and Classics Department Prizes, First Prize in Prose Division of 2007 New Hampshire Latin Exam, National Merit Finalist
Interests & Activities: Varsity Crew (Co-Captain), Varsity Cross-Country (Co-Captain), Varsity Indoor Track, Library Proctor, Exeter Association of Rock (Club Co-head)
SAT Scores: 770 Math, 800 Critical Reading, 780 Writing
AP Exams: Calculus BC, Physics, Chemistry, Latin
SAT Subject Tests: 800 Math Level 2, 800 Physics, 780 Latin
Other Awards: Brinster 43 Prize (one of two awarded) for best undergraduate thesis in Neuroscience
Other Interests & Activities: At Princeton, I was recruited as a lightweight rower, and I trained and raced with the crew team until I injured my back; after that, I joined and raced with the club cycling team and served as its vice president for a year. Now, I spend much of my free time training for and racing in triathlons, and I have qualified for and competed in the amateur national and world championships.