MPA Talks Features Garseng Wong ’11
september 14, 2020
Meet MPA Talks speaker Garseng Wong ’11! Garseng attended MPA from grades 4-12 and went on to study Human Biology at Stanford University. He concentrated on nutrition and chronic disease management and initially thought about working as a primary care physician to continue this interest, but during his time in medical school at NYU, pivoted to psychiatry because the field afforded him more time to get to know patients deeply and personally. He is currently a resident psychiatrist at NYU and hopes to specialize in child-adolescent psychiatry, focusing his work with queer youth and young adults long-term. Get to know more about Garseng before MPA Talks on September 30 with the Q&A below!
What will we learn from your MPA Talk?
In my MPA talk, I would like to compare and contrast mental health as it is portrayed in the media and discussed in the lay public versus our conceptualizations as a profession. I hope to offer a space to discuss and de-stigmatize mental health, and introduce skills and ideas for maintaining mental health as students progress through school and develop as young, independent adults.
What do you believe will be the greatest challenge our current students will face in their lifetimes and how do you see MPA equipping them to face that challenge?
Our society has become extremely polarized to the point where communication between people of opposing ideologies often become shouting matches without any exchange of ideas. This is worsened by the growing sentiment against evidence and the blurring of “truth.” Our students will have to become effective communicators with those who do not share their point of view in order to advance in their lives and careers, especially for those who hope to tackle our nation’s (or world’s) great challenges. I see MPA equipping students for this future by introducing them to big, controversial ideas early and asking them to consider issues from multiple perspectives. Read More
Finding Community Outside Of Our Comfort Zones
体育比分网september 10, 2020
by Safa Madar, Class of 2022
being a teaching fellow at breakthrough twin cities (btc) this past summer was one of the most challenging things i have ever done but also the most rewarding. i learned so much about myself and pushed myself way outside of my comfort zone. i made lesson plans, powerpoints, worked alongside seniors in college, and through it all, i realized that i could accomplish anything i put my mind to. breakthrough exposed me to a fantastic community filled kind, passionate, and encouraging people who taught me so much. however, the best part was working with students. i was able to teach a wonderful group of seventh graders who truly changed my perspective on life and allowed me to grow a different kind of appreciation for my teachers.
One of my favorite memories was our seventh-grade west morning meetings. Morning meetings happened every day, where all of the students and teachers gathered for announcements and an energizer. Our energizer games and random debates we would have with the students never failed to make me laugh. Indeed the best way to start the day. Read More
Looking Beyond Our Walls
august 27, 2020
by Emma Cohen, MPA Class of 2021
体育比分网i had the good fortune to work with breakthrough twin cities (btc), a local organization closely partnered with mpa, this summer. breakthrough is a challenging academic enrichment program for highly motivated, under-resourced students, where all the teachers are high school and college students.
i had heard about breakthrough from a few friends who worked as teaching fellows a previous summer and their enthusiasm for the program was what initially encouraged me to apply. as i learned more about the program, i saw connections between what i loved about my own education and a community at breakthrough that emphasizes student’s authenticity, encourages them to drive their own learning in the ways that work for them, and allows them to pursue what they are curious about. in other words, from what i had heard, breakthrough fostered an environment that was appealing to me as a student—the kind of environment my teachers had created for me—so i was thrilled and grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of creating that for other students.
despite being a small school, my teachers at mpa have always forced me to look beyond our walls to the larger community i am a part of. by teaching material that is relevant and emphasizing its applications to today as well as creating a classroom in which student curiosity and passion lead the conversation, my teachers have encouraged me to understand my education as a tool meant to be used for impact and change while empowering me to do so.
Looking To Do Right In The World
august 19, 2020
by Dhruv Muppidi, MPA senior
Dhruv spent his summer involved with Breakthrough Twin Cities (BTC), a local organization closely partnered with MPA. Breakthrough is a challenging academic enrichment program for highly motivated, under-resourced students, where all the teachers are high school and college students.
MPA’s close relationship with Breakthrough definitely played a large role in sparking my interest for the program. BTC’s headquarters are located on the MPA Campus, so I have had numerous encounters with the staff and faculty of the program while roaming the halls. I was first exposed to Breakthrough when my neighbor was employed by the organization, working at the BTC’s MPA offices for the entirety of my fifth-grade year. While it was terrifying to have an adult in my close vicinity who would never refrain from spilling my deepest childhood secrets to my peers, I distinctly remember–even six years later–her descriptions of how transformative the teaching fellow experience was for students in high school and undergraduates in college alike. Read More
MPA Social Consciousness Club Resources & Recommendations
june 23, 2020
student-led social consciousness club at mounds park academy has focused on resources for education and personal actions. they are currently reading by ibram x. kendi, and many of our students have also read “ by bryan stevenson, “ by ta-nehisi coates, and by michelle alexander. they also recommend to watch the netflix documentary ” for those interested in understanding the evolution of systemic racism in our country.
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Students are emphasizing the need to exercise our democratic rights come November. The vote will drive change. In our immediate community, 63% of eligible voters in the neighborhoods surrounding MPA voted in the last election, 10 points below the state average. This turnout makes is particularly important to mobilize our community to vote, so we are hoping to sponsor a lit drop campaign where we distribute voter registration and vote by mail request materials on doorsteps. MPA students are encouraging anyone who interested in expanding voting rights to do is to ensure their vote is counted and they can participate safely during this pandemic. For students who are not yet eligible to vote, they encourage them to since there is a fear that there will be a shortage.