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I was a Varsity player on the 2nd doubles team in 10th grade and on the 1st doubles team in 11th grade. I was not able to play 9th grade year due to a shoulder muscle tear. I have lettered in tennis during both 10th grade and 11th grade, and I was named as a Hall County Scholar-Athlete last year.
I served as the JV captain during my 10th grade year and varsity captain in 11th grade, and I am currently the captain of my school varsity team. The JV and Varsity teams that I have competed on have won state competitions in both RESA and GATA for the AAA division.
I was a member of National Honor Society during 10th and 11th grade, and I currently serve as Treasurer and Tutoring Coordinator of the club. I organize the efforts of the club with Mu Alpha Theta due to the high volume of math tutors requested through the NHS tutoring program.
Youth Leadership Hall County is a prestigious program that selects 52 juniors and seniors based on their academic and leadership experiences. The program helped students get involved with inter-related economic, government, socio-cultural, and educational issues of the community.
I was Vice President of my school Mu Alpha Theta chapter from 11th to 12th grade. I was one of the founding members of my school chapter of the honor society, and our main task is to meet the high demand for math tutoring that is present at our school.
I became eligible to join our school science bowl team in 11th grade, and we went on to place second at the state competition that same year. I am currently Varsity captain of the team, and we will compete at regional and state tournaments early next semester.
I was accepted as one of the 100 teen volunteers at NEGMC the summer after 10th grade. This opportunity enabled me to face many of the issues of the community, from drug awareness to simply providing medical aid. I contributed over 70 hours in the summer of 2010 to areas of the hospital that needed additional aid.
I took private lessons and played piano recreationally for about 6 years, and I recently competed in the 2009 regional Festival for Piano and received the highest rating, a Superior, for my performance.
Academic Team has played a large role in my high school career. Honestly, it was the only activity at my school that encouraged, prepared, and expected me to be competitive at the state level beginning from my freshman year. Through academic team, worlds of literature, history, philosophy, and science were opened up to me that I would have never encountered through my school curriculum, and higher levels of competition encouraged me to delve into these subject areas in order to become a more competitive player. Becoming a well-rounded academic team member has also aided me in moving closer to becoming a balanced scholar since all subject areas are covered. In addition to bringing me in touch with the most motivated students and teachers in my school, competing in high level academic team tournaments exposed me to some of the most talented, intelligent, and driven students across the southeast.
One of the most self-satisfying activities that I was able to participate in was serving the community through the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Volunteer Program. Initially I was put to work on some of the more mundane jobs in the hospital, but after requesting a change in position, I was placed in jobs with ample opportunity for patient contact. The construction of an additional patient tower placed a great need for assistance in transporting patients into the new tower, so that was one of my primary responsibilities. I also escorted patients who were finished with their procedures from the endoscopy and imaging centers. Through these positions, I had plenty of chances to talk to the patients, getting to meet people with a varying array of responsibilities in the community. I am fortunate and thankful to say that I played a role in making their stay at the hospital more comfortable.
I plan on centering my career around either biology or chemistry. I fell in love with these subjects during my courses in high school and know that exploring the many majors that UGA offers in the biological sciences will help me find an area that I can pursue with a passion. I hope to apply for dual degree programs for MD/PhD or MSTP programs after my years at UGA. By having this training, I wish to pursue a career as a physician teacher who serves the community by seeing patients, conducting research, and teaching students. I feel that it is our duty as members of this world to further our knowledge while at the same time nurturing the future generation and giving back to the community. Of course, I will enter college with an open mind, and I expect my undergraduate experiences to mold my course in life.
A topic that has provoked my curiosity in the past involves the field of education. If I could examine anything I wanted to in a year, I would want to look at the different education systems implemented in countries of varying economic prosperity around the world. Some specific areas that would merit attention would include the subject areas given emphasis, economic efficiency of the systems, status of teachers in society, and output of the education systems.
This topic has repeatedly emerged in my life, especially when I go to India to visit relatives. As my cousins and I share stories about our time in the classroom, I am routinely shocked at how highly the mathematics and science subject areas are emphasized over the humanities. I also always notice respect the students have for their teachers compared to the overarching lack of respect in American classrooms. Essentially, I know that different cultures have different attitudes towards their education, and I am interested in how big of an impact this makes in the education system of an area.
An issue also worth looking into is the economic efficiency of different education systems. As schools in America become inundated with electronic smartboards, desktop computers, and even laptops for individual students, we should stop to examine whether this change has brought about any significant increase in the quality of education that schools provide. If not, should funds be allocated somewhere else, such as making the teaching profession a more appealing choice to raise the quality of instructors?
While the trends discussed above may be observed through statistics and numbers in the comforts of home, a better way to delve into this project would be to visit different third world countries, developing countries, and developed countries in order to have a first hand account of the more subjective issues, such as determining the status of teachers in society.
In order to complete this project, I would select three countries from three different categories: third world countries, developing countries, and developed countries. I would then collect information regarding graduation rates, school system budgets, teacher salary, subject areas given emphasis, salaries and professions of graduates, whether or not graduates pursued higher degrees, and performance on standardized tests (if applicable). Along with this information, I would prepare a list of questions to interview teachers, students, and parents to determine the society's attitude toward education.
Hopefully, all of this collected information will begin to reveal trends in education systems. Not only will it show how education varies among countries of different economic means, but it may also reveal the evolution of education as a country evolves, more efficient ways to provide a quality education, or even a different way to regard the teaching profession as a whole.
Ultimately, the lessons learned from this study may be put to use in order to implement cheap and effective ways to provide education in underdeveloped areas of the world while at the same time making the education system in developed countries more efficient.
The theory of multiple intelligences proposed by Howard Gardner has become widely accepted to be a better measure of cognitive ability than an IQ test. While everyone has varying degrees of every type of intelligence, we can often relate to some of the types of intelligences more easily than with others. One of the intelligences that I can relate more easily with is intrapersonal intelligence.
Intrapersonal intelligence is associated with the ability to understand oneself. People that are adept at this type of intelligence are introspective and are able to decipher their own feelings and motivations. More often than not, people who gravitate toward this type of intelligence are introverted rather than extroverted. While it is not the only type of intelligence that I possess, I feel that intrapersonal intelligence plays a large role in my life. Often throughout my childhood, I have felt the need to stop and reflect on my inner emotions in order to regain a sense of control in my life.
In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept through my life, bringing turmoil, fear, and worry along with it. My family had evacuated north to the city of Baton Rouge "just in case," as my mother had put it. In the early morning following the path of the Hurricane, all of New Orleans thought that it was in the clear, since Katrina had only brought wind damage and a storm surge that was kept in check by the levee system protecting New Orleans.
All hell broke loose as the wall of the Industrial Canal collapsed under the pressure of the pent up water; rumors of other breaches in the levee system began circulating around the news. I sat quietly in horror, listening to my father tell my mother that there was no way to know whether we still had a house to go back to. The news crew reported that it was not able to reach our part of the Parish. The flooding transformed the world I knew so well into a sea.
In order to deal with the influx of bad news, I did the only thing that I could do: I ran away from it all. There was a lake nearby, and I found a tree on the shore of the lake that had a nice spot to sit in. Ensconced in the branches of a tree, I sat and reflected on everything that had happened. Life felt so frail and ephemeral when I realized that nature had the awesome power to take away our possessions and change the courses of our lives in the blink of an eye, and how it did not discriminate when doing so. I also learned the importance of education, since worldly items can be stripped from us at any time.
Reflections like the one mentioned above pervade my life, and they have served only as a motivation to drive me to my best. I only hope that UGA will help me bring me closer to my aspirations in life.