Palo Alto, CAUSA
Hometown: New York
June 26, 2011
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I was an extra in production of Much Ado About Nothing in college, and enjoyed performing and writing plays for drama and English classes in middle school and high school.
I read Moliere's Misanthrope last year with a group in SF and liked how the informal reader gave me some of the pleasures of a play-going experience. It was exciting as a play is, and revealed some emotions that would have been hard to perceive had I read the play silently by myself. Of course, there was also the pleasure of playing a comedic role in Moliere's comedy.
I'm hope to experience some plays I'd like to get to know for the first time as well as some plays that I'd like to get to know better. I'd like to experience some of the excitement of seeing a full play performance, some of the emotions that are normally hidden in a silent reading, and the pleasures of playing some roles. I'd also like to be able to discuss the plays afterward with the group. I work pretty hard during the week as a medical student learning medical science, and that study often doesn't allow me to engage the emotional and artistic part of my being, so I hope the reading and discussion of the play like some of my other activities will give an outlet to that part me.
I like using both my head and heart, and I try to make a difference. I was drawn to medicine because it engages both the head and heart and definitely makes a difference, but I've found that I'm more drawn to medical research, which perhaps is more intellectually stimulating and makes a difference as well. It's true that research perhaps doesn't allow one to think of other people in heartfelt way as medicine does, but I think I'll be able to find other outlets for that passion. Outside of medicine and science, I'm interested in classical music; art, world, and US history; poetry; and public policy. I've taken an introductory piano class at the SF Conservatory in the last year, sing in choirs occasionally, go to museums frequently, volunteer for political campaigns originally, and have done creative writing with a student group at the medical school. I also enjoy cooking and have recently started taking dance classes and going to dances.
I'm a 2nd-year medical student at Stanford. I was born in Beijing and lived there to the age of 8; then in Richmond, Va. for 3 years; and then in NYC through college. I have been in the Bay Area for two years and like it here very much.