"Interact with AOC and COC students during your time in high school. I met a lot of older people through my COC courses who helped me shape my pathway."
My career roadmap has been somewhat defined.
My love for mathematics began in elementary school. I remember competing in the Math Field Day competitions through the Saugus Union School District when I was young and my passion for mathematics continued to grow.
Entering into high school, I knew that I wanted to study mathematics, or some STEM-focused field, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do career-wise.
During my junior year of high school, I was talking to a very close friend/mentor about his career in education and it sparked a sense of intrigue within me.
I began to participate in more community-based projects through my church and other organizations. It was at these projects where I fell in love with the idea of directly impacting the community that I lived in and I decided that becoming a math teacher is what I wanted to do.
Going into college, I looked for opportunities to serve my community. I sought volunteer opportunities, community outreach programs, etc. to help the community in whatever ways I could.
Meanwhile, the mathematics I began to face in my undergraduate studies started to become much more difficult than I had anticipated, to the point where I almost switched out of this subject that I loved from a young age.
Upon seeking the advice of my professors and mentor-figures, I ultimately decided to persevere through this difficult major since I recognized that despite the difficulties of mathematics, I still loved it and learning about it.
Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway
DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER
USC Dornsife Joint Educational Project Reader’s Plus
Short-Term Summer Mission Trip to North India
Tutorbird Remote Education
Korean-American Campus Missions
What I'm currently doing/hope to do
I am currently in my third year of undergraduate studies at USC studying Applied and Computational Mathematics and Education. While studying for a degree in Mathematics, I have committed myself to supporting the community by tutoring underprivileged students, mentoring my younger peers, and any other ways I can better support those around me. Upon graduation, I hope to go into graduate school and eventually teach mathematics full-time in a classroom setting.
How to maximize my time in high school?
Advice #1: Interact with AOC and COC students during your time in high school. I met a lot of older people through my COC courses who helped me shape my pathway.
Advice #2: On that note, find trusted mentors/mentor-figures that will offer advice, encourage you, and push you to pursue your dreams.
Advice #3: Engage with the community in whatever ways you can. Not only will this help you find connections in your career-field, it will also help you shape your understanding of the needs of your community and where you fit in the overall picture.