VISTA Spotlight: Philip Ye

philName: Philip Ye

VISTA Host Site: Jay Pinson STEM Education Program

Alma Mater: University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Major: Biology and Psychology

Background:  As an undergrad, I was amazed by all the awesome opportunities I had around me. I began my first two years of undergrad as solely a Biology student. For the first two years, I was involved with the Academic excellence (ACE) program. I met many other aspiring STEM students and we were able to get together, form study groups and create review sessions for each other.  As I reached my third year I had an underlying passion for Psychology, so I went on to pursue a double major. I started my psychology courses during my junior year and that propelled me into my internship at the Live Oak Resource center. There, I was able to work on mentoring and counseling foster youth all around Santa Cruz County. On the side, I was a learning technologies consultant and worked in the computer labs all around UCSC.

Why I serve: I was searching through AmeriCorps jobs and when I read through the descriptions of all the different places to serve, the STEM in CSU STEM VISTA caught my eye. It was a field I was experienced and familiar with. As I read more about the jobs description and the population that I would be serving, I knew that a CSU STEM VISTA is what I wanted to be.

DSC00208Ah-ha moment: During our orientation, we met our site supervisor and she asked me if I would rather work with college or K-12 students. Up till then, I had convinced myself that working with children was not for me, so I answered “college students.” As my VISTA year progressed, we had multiple afterschool classroom visits at various elementary schools. I saw that I would always find a way to make it to those afterschool site visits so I can teach STEM to these wonderful minds. I discovered that I had another passion, and that was working with children.

Future Goals: In the future, I see myself either pursuing a career in education, or a masters in Clinical Psychology. The CSU STEM VISTA program has provided me with many chances to improve my leadership and communication skills. I have been given the opportunity to be the leader in many different projects as well as strengthening bonds between the Jay Pinson STEM education program and its community members.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s