As the American child of aging Chinese immigrants whose health and mobility have dramatically declined in recent years, I have seen the dire need for linguistically and culturally competent individuals in the medical field. Thus, my personal and professional goal is to become a multilingual healthcare provider who strives to ensure all her patients feel understood and advocated for despite language or cultural barriers. Combined with my 5+ years of experience practicing Japanese martial arts and sustaining countless musculoskeletal injuries from it, this observation has fostered in me a passion for orthopedic medicine. It is in pursuit of a career in orthopedics, specifically physical therapy, that I am involved in programs such as Sutter Health's Youth Bridge and UCSF's HealthLink. With Youth Bridge, I have gained 80 hours of experience interning in a hospital emergency room and hope to do the same in the Operating Room this summer. With HealthLink, I have received mentorship from a physical therapy graduate school student as well as learned and taught basic anatomy and career building skills to fellow high schoolers. I aspire to become educated to teach and elevate both physical and social mobility in those around me.
I am a junior at Oakland Tech. I was born and raised in Oakland and I love the cultures and diversity that our community has. I am also a dancer I started dancing when I was 3 years old and from then it seems like I have never stopped. Helping people has always been in my blood because my mother is a Nurse and I feel like I was kind of meant to help people in some sort of way. I also enjoy sports a lot, my father works in the sports business so that also drew me into Physical Therapy for sports players because you can see the dedication every time they step into their arena and I know when you are injured you want to do everything that is possible to get better as soon as possible, and I feel like when I am in this program I’ll be able to help people get back to doing the things they love.
I am a junior that attends Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet Senior High School. I was born to two lovely parents who are Mexican and Afro-Guatemalan making me a mixed individual. I am often described as optimistic, outgoing, and creative, but the best word to describe me is driven. I am self-motivating and a big dreamer. My favorite hobbies are drawing, singing, and running. I enjoy helping people with anything from being a shoulder to cry on, to administering aid to other athletes, to simply doing extra chores for people. My parents have always kept me active from a young age. I was in ballet from the ages of three to six, gymnastics and dance ages ten to twelve, and swimming, soccer, and basketball from twelve to fifteen. My dad often took me outside to play baseball for hours on end. When I came to Bravo as a freshman, I joined the track team second semester, and instantly fell in love with the sport. I joined the cross country team as a sophomore, which is when I discovered this new passion for appreciating the body. I found myself helping my teammates after they injured themselves and often gave them ways to help heal. I learned how to pace myself and how to keep a positive mindset during a race. This is how my interest in Sports Medicine( Physical or Occupational Therapy) came into play. From there, I discovered that I wanted to help people find ways to maintain a productive mindset/healthy lifestyle by exploring different methods to achieve a goal and help them learn along the way in addition to understand the importance of thanking our bodies for the hard work they do for us.
I’m a Junior in Bravo Medical Magnet High School. My history in playing sports all started from the 2nd grade. From the 2nd to 6th grade, I played competitive soccer, flag football, volleyball, and basketball in La’s Best, an after-school program. Unfortunately, after culminating elementary, I didn't have the opportunity to join any competitive sports because of the far distance to practices and games. I was able to start joining sports again last year (my Sophomore year) when I joined our school’s basketball team, which I am still continuing to this day. Within the team, I am learning and growing from teamwork, courage, and perseverance. I am interested in the Sports Medicine/Physical Therapy internship because I am very curious in learning more about those fields for my future career path. I am currently taking our school’s Medical Terminology class to prepare me for the path in medicine. I want to experience the involvement in sports in a different way other than being on the court or field and I believe this is an opportunity that will help me expand my knowledge and desire to work in sports medicine.