Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in becoming a mentor for BranchOut!:
My name is Jessica Wang. I am a ninth grade student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. An avid reader, some of my hobbies include playing piano and guitar, writing short stories, coding, solving Rubik's Cubes, experimenting with watercolor, playing table tennis and basketball with my family, and designing escape rooms. Some of my current projects include developing a percolation model in Java and choreographing a duet with my brother.
I applied to become a mentor for Branch Out! not only because I am passionate about STEM, but also because of my interest in helping other students with topics that they may struggle with due to circumstantial reasons. Throughout my elementary and middle school career, I have assisted many of my classmates - and other students from lower grades - with understanding the concepts taught in school; in fifth grade, for example, I explained math and grammar to a new student from Egypt. The experience was rewarding for both of us, as I remembered the information better from teaching them to the classmate, and I found it immensely satisfying to make such a difference in someone else's learning experience.