Gina Kwak is an Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) neuroscience and neurosurgeon student, an amateur videographer, canine enthusiast, and the sole contributor to this digital portfolio. She is part of Wakeland High School’s Class of 2017, as well as, Vice President of her school’s Mu Alpha Theta organization, Founder and President of Seniors to Seniors, Principal Cellist and Music Library Manager of the Varsity Chamber Orchestra, and Youth Group Leader at the Korean Church of Dallas. Outside of academia, Gina is self employed as a tutor, nanny, and freelance photographer and videographer.
As a student in the Frisco ISD Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) Program, I wish to pursue the field of neurosurgery under the guidance of a mentor in order to further equip me with vocational skills and unique experiences for college and the work force. Throughout this course, I wish to study with drive, curiosity, integrity, and a work ethic that sets a precedent to my peers, while standing out as an individual who strives for excellence.
The Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) program is a challenging, yet unbelievably rewarding program offered by the Frisco Independent School District (FISD), in which exceptionally driven and focused high school juniors and seniors are able to explore a chosen field of study. The competition to be accepted into the class is very rigorous and requires a thorough interview and application process. During the first semester, students research their chosen field in great depth, learn common terminology and behind-the-scenes efforts of the particular occupation, and build their professionalism and interpersonal skills for the professional world. In the second semester, students choose a mentor they will shadow for the rest of the school year. Through this, they gain a deeper knowledge and first hand experience of their topic and develop original ideas for production, which they will proceed to carry out as a final product for presentations in the spring.
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