by EMMA ROOHOLFADA, special to 92128 Magazine

RB High Students’ Summer Activities

Aside from giving students time to relax, summer also allows students to pursue personal interests. Many Broncos were able to engage in unique activities during the summer.

Senior Cassidy Zublin spent a month in Taiwan, where she participated in the Assisting Individuals with Disadvantages Volunteering Program. Throughout the course of the program, Zublin, along with other high school and college students from English speaking countries, prepared and taught lessons to students in local elementary and middle schools.

During the first week, Zublin attended lectures by English teachers in Taiwan, where she learned about what to expect from the students, and what kinds of games and activities she could use with the students. Over the next two weeks, Zublin was able to teach the prepared lessons and connect with the students. Common daily activities included journal entries, PowerPoint presentations, and PE classes.

“I love working with kids, and I thought it would be very fulfilling to help inspire a passion for learning English in these students,” Zublin said. “I learned a lot about how to work well with others and settle differences to work towards a common goal.”

Senior Varshini Sathish pursued her interest in science at Scripps Research. During an eight-week researching internship, Sathish assisted a doctor working on a clinical study concerning Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD). Through her research, Sathish learned about the genes associated with severe asthma. At the end of the internship, Sathish presented her findings to the lab faculty and other interns.

“My favorite part was getting to know the other doctors and interns and what research they were focusing on,” Sathish said. Her exposure to this professional researching environment confirmed her desire to pursue scientific research.

Emma Rooholfada is a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92128 Magazine.