Born and raised outside of Boston, MA, I grew up in a small town with a strong public education system. After graduating from high school, I spent a year living in Kunming, China through Princeton University's Bridge Year Program, where I studied Mandarin and volunteered at an NGO providing services to migrant workers. I am now a Junior at Princeton University, majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in East Asian Studies. As a tutor, I focus on guiding the student to understanding and mastery of material rather than memorization,
I began providing self-employed tutoring services while in high school to a variety of local families. I have tutored students across all age ranges and abilities, from elementary school (3rd grade and up), to middle school, high school and college. I created lesson plans and taught weekly Mandarin lessons to an elementary school student for over a year, and have also provided weekly summer Mandarin review for two middle school students. I have tutored math at the pre-algebra, Algebra I&II, Geometry, Precalculus/Trigonometry and Calculus...
Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), Lab Monitor
2016 - Present
Work in the Micro/Nano Fabrication Laboratory, where I assist with maintenance of fabrication equipment and monitor clean-room users to ensure safe operation of lab facilities.
GiMer Medical, Regulatory & Business Intern
2016 - Present
Research and advise on regulatory strategy for medical device marketing in the United States and East Asia. Survey the US medical device venture capital field, formulate investment strategy and identify potential investors. Translate and revise clinical trial protocol and identify potential clinical trial partners.
English Language Program, McGraw Center, Princeton University, Discussion Group Assistant, Conversation Partner
2014 - Present
Facilitate discussion group for international graduate and post-doc students, provide feedback on presentation skills and English language usage. Meet with two international graduate students on weekly basis to practice conversational English.
Self-Employed, Private Tutoring
2012 - Present
My website: http://akolstadtutor.weebly.com
Fraden Lab, Brandeis University, NSF REU Undergraduate Researcher
2015 - 2015
Characterized the response of the oscillating Belousov-Zhabotinsky chemical reaction to optical perturbations using microfluidic techniques. Research results contributed to long-term goal of development of synchronization engineering principles and soft robotics. Mentored local and visiting students; prepared and ran a "Science Day" demonstration booth. Presented results in poster at Brandeis SciFest summer poster session.
Heart to Heart Community Care, Kunming, Yunnan, China, Princeton University Bridge Year Volunteer
2013 - 2014
While living in Kunming, China, I worked at Heart to Heart Community Care, a non-profit, non-governmental charity which provides a broad range of social services to migrant workers and their families. Conducting all work in Chinese, I founded and led a bi-weekly extracurricular English language group for 6th grade students at a local elementary school, taught Art and English classes, and led activities at Heart to Heart’s Children Activities Center. I additionally led a web publicity initiative, translating documents from Chinese to English,