Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in becoming a mentor for BranchOut!:
I am an 11th grader at Oakton HS involved in a few extracurriculars including debate and science olympiad. Through my experience in extracurriculars, I learned the importance of a mentor. Because of my debate coach in 9th grade, I quickly went up to varsity and managed to place 3rd in VHSL in my sophomore year. Furthermore, education in STEM in general is important for our country as a whole because of trends that will require our students to have these skill sets to be successful. Particularly, this education should be brought to the underprivileged and those of a low-income to prevent generational poverty. I have experienced this myself in my personal life. Last year, I had the opportunity to tutor the child of one of my mother’s friends in SAT math. Though he was clearly intelligent, his status as a recent immigrant from Nigeria limited his exposure to advanced math education. I was able to help him raise his math score by 150 points and hopefully improve his impression of education. This is why I hope to become a mentor at BranchOut: the opportunity to bring the STEM education to those who do not have easy access to it.