Spotlight on the Class of 2016 - Tina Zhang
Attended Kristin: Year 1-Year 13.
Next Step: Physics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA.
Why did you choose this pathway?
Credits to Kristin's Mr Buckley, who was my first ever physics teacher, and who did probably the best job anyone could have done kindling my interest in the subject and helping me lay a solid foundation in physics. It's incredible to me that our complex universe can be described in such simple and beautiful terms, and that we can understand and predict Nature by studying its laws. I'm hoping to help with that pursuit one day.
What do you look forward to in the years ahead?
Learning physics at a small school full of people who are almost certainly some of the brightest STEM students America (and the world) has to offer. Caltech's curriculum is notorious for being impossibly hard, so I'm a little scared—but statistically speaking I should survive. I'm also really looking forward to doing research. Caltech undergrads have a lot of opportunities to do research, because the school is so small that you get to know a good deal of your professors on first-name terms.