This week, we're spotlighting Henry, one of our wonderful test preparation tutors!
Henry grew up in Portland, Oregon playing, soccer, baseball, and basketball before defecting to performing arts and becoming a professional classical ballet dancer. He danced in both Pennsylvania and Utah before leaving the dance world to attend college at Columbia University. Henry graduated with a B.A. in biology with Latin honors and performed wet lab neuroendocrinology research and clinical neurosurgery research. During college, Henry rekindled his love of sports as the first male synchronized swimmer in the Ivy League. Henry also became interested in health policy during college and volunteered doing tobacco control political advocacy. After graduating, Henry continued to work in politics as the western region director of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation supervising the foundation’s interests in all the states west of Colorado.
Henry has tutored students of all ages in math and science, while also tutoring high school students in the SAT subject tests in chemistry and physics. He was also an MCAT tutor for a different firm where he designed their MCAT curriculum.
Henry recently moved back to New York to attend the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. When not studying (or tutoring) you may see him running in Riverside park or feeding his Star Wars and print media addictions while drinking iced coffee.
Let's get started with the basics, Henry. Where are you from?
I grew up in Portland, Oregon and Boston, MA. My world consisted of classical ballet 24/7.
What did you decide to study, and why?
Biology, but only because I was closest to filling the requirements after taking the classes I was interested in. If I had to do it again, I would have done statistics.
What are you up to now? How did you decide to pursue this?
I am between my first two years of medical school and I am doing research applying machine learning and statistical analysis to outcomes of cardiovascular patients.
What do you imagine your life will look like in 5-10 years?
Unrealistically (flight surgeon at NASA). More realistically, some combination of practicing medicine and doing research/consulting.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned from teaching?
That being outcomes based in the short term is depressing and it's better to focus on process in the short term and outcomes in the long term.
What’s something you’ve changed your mind about?
Statistics. The first time I took it, I withdrew from the class out of sheer boredom. The second time I took it, I loved it, went on to take others, and statistics has now shaped a large part of my current trajectory.
What daily routines or habits are most important for you to do your work?
Shower, read star wars, tell my partner I love her.
Describe your perfect weekend morning.
Exercise followed by brunch followed by watching top chef/amazing race with my girlfriend.
What are 3 non-generic things that you’re grateful for?
That I have an appreciation of mortality (thank you medical school), that I live in New York City, and that I got to be a professional ballet dancer and go to medical school in the same life.
Tell us a story from your childhood. Or, introduce us to your 15 year old self.
When I was in the 4th grade, I went to Mexico with my parents. We went sea kayaking, and the sea kayak one of my mom's and I were in (I have lesbian parents), got swept out to sea. A strom started, and the waves got to be more than 10 feet high. We kept capsizing. Now, I realize we were actually in danger, but then, I just repeating the tagline from the most recent movie I had seen that was applicable to the situation: "Houston, we have a problem" (Apollo 13). My other mom made it to shore and get a fishing boat with a motor to come rescue us. 17 years later, I still use that catchphrase...
What are three alternative career/life paths you have considered (even just for fun?)
Politics. I got a job as a regional political director for a foundation after college, and if I had known I could have gotten that job, I would not have been premed. I loved it, and I could easily see myself having done that for decades. Of course there's ballet, which I would still be doing right now if I hadn't quit when I was 20. I still see friends who are dancing and haven't gone to college, which is a strange experience. Lastly, I have never met anyone whose said " I can easily imagine you being a doctor, you should go to medical school", on the other hand, many people I I know have asked when I am going to law school...
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