A Little About Me by Emily Zhang
Hello everyone! My name is Emily Zhang, and I am a rising senior at Kingsway Regional High in Gloucester County, NJ. Before moving to South Jersey, I spent most of my childhood in Connecticut and studied Mandarin in China for about two years. My experience in China undoubtedly shaped a part of who I am today as a student and an overall person.
Although I am an introvert, I enjoy meeting new people and will never turn down an opportunity! Therefore, when I moved to NJ in eighth grade, I got involved in the marching band. Having been in a marching band since fourth grade, marching band gave me another perspective on music and the opportunity to build leadership and communication skills. I discovered that marching band is a team activity as it requires every member to be dedicated to their roles. Therefore, individualism and communication within each section are also very important. I am also a part of my school’s STEM Academy. Through this program, I’ve met students interested in similar studies as me which allowed me to learn further about topics in STEM. This past year, I began a service-learning project related to STEM. This project aims to connect with individuals with special needs in my community through music. So far, I have been able to learn about the importance of music therapy and how it affects an individual's mood. I was able to build a close connection with the students every week, and I find this important as students with special needs are often excluded from the community for being "different." I hope to expand this project during my senior year.
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