Hey there! I am an undergraduate at Princeton University, aiming for a physics degree, and, more importantly, a deeper understanding of how the universe we live in works. Ever since high school, I have delved into the rewarding experience of teaching others and evoking their interest in my impassioned fields of astronomy, physics and mathematics, mostly as a hobby or for school academic teams. I have seen what it is like when, while the tutor expectedly teaches the student, the tutor him/herself is forced into an ‘AHA’ moment once in a while–a moment so valuable that one can mix up who’s the student and who’s the tutor. And for me, nothing is more important than creating such an atmosphere of sheer curiosity and challenge by teaching and exploring with others the mind boggling concepts that had started inspiring my curiosity years ago. If that results in the student getting a nice test grade (which it virtually always does), so be it!
Though astronomy, physics and mathematics are my strongest fields, I see there is something more to tutoring than knowing and understanding the topic. It is also about leadership. The will to take an initiative. Which is why I am currently also an officer in Speak with Style, a public-speaking club at Princeton, as I have realized that the science of learning and the art of presenting are two sides of the same coin. More, I am a voracious reader, including of science history, philosophy and science fiction, and am also fluent in Russian. I, for one, can do great discussions on the Star Wars universe. Or, for another, on the question of how (and why!) America landed a man on the moon. When I’m not in class and when I’m not reading (which rarely happens), I enjoy outdoor activities like stargazing, swimming in the ocean during winter, and camping.
I may have traveled, studied and realized quite a bit thus far, but I am so eager to unravel what lies ahead and beyond. So, as a tutor, I invite you to be a part of this great journey, and look forward to being part of yours!
Education: Princeton University
Undergrad Major: Physics
Other Degrees/Minors: Planets and Life Certificate
Awards & Honors: Regeneron Science Talent Search: Scholar and Semifinalist, Intel Science and Engineering Fair: Finalist, Intel Science and Engineering Fair: First place NASA Award, Intel Science and Engineering Fair: Third place in Physics & Astronomy Award, NYC Science and Engineering Fair: First place in Astronomy, BowSeat Ocean Awareness: Honorable Mention, National AP Scholar Award, NYC Science Olympiad: Silver medal in Astronomy, NYC Science Olympiad: Bronze medal in Hovercraft, WiSE Quality of Life: Semifinalist Award, W!SE Quality of Life: Staten Island Borough Leader Award, NY State ACTR Russian Olympiad: Gold medal, Staten Island: Michael J. Petrides Award, Staten Island Technical High School: Sir Isaac Newton Award, Staten Island Technical High School: Scientific Research Principal's Award, Staten Island Technical High School: Physics Gold Medal, Staten Island Technical High School: Russian Language Distinction Award
Interests & Activities: First author of research paper published in 2018 at the Oxford Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society from two-year Theoretical Astrophysics research conducted with Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History Science Research Mentoring Program: Member, American Museum of Natural History: After-school Program classes in Astronomy, College of Staten Island: Introduction to Astronomy Dual-Enrollment college course completed with A+, Staten Island Technical High School Science and Engineering Research Program: Member for all four years at high school, Staten Island Technical High School Science Olympiad: Astronomy and Physics team leader, Staten Island Technical High School Science Newspaper Club: President, National Honor Society: Member, Volunteered at Shorefront YM-YWHA 2016 Summer Camp as Head Photographer
SAT Scores: 780 Math, 710 Critical Reading
AP Exams: 5 Physics C E&M, 5 Physics C Mechanics, 5 Statistics, 5 Calculus BC, 5 World History, 5 U.S. History, 5 Prototype AP Russian, 4 Physics 1, 4 Physics 2
SAT Subject Tests: 800 Math Level 2, 770 Physics, 710 U.S. History
Other Awards: 2019 Chinese Language Expo: Third place, 2019 Princeton in Beijing Chinese Language Contest: Semifinalist
Other Interests & Activities: At Princeton, I am involved and interested in/as: Treasurer at the Speak with Style club, member of Princeton Society of Physics Students, officer of Astronomy club
Location: Princeton University