Hi! My name is Belen, and I am a sophomore at Santa Clara University studying bioengineering. I was born in Torrance, CA and grew up in Los Angeles. Though my family has always been supportive towards my education, I have always struggled with a strong sense of "math anxiety" and imposter syndrome. Despite having made it to Santa Clara's School of Engineering, I still find myself struggling with these same issues, and looking back, I know I would have loved to have a mentor or tutor. Because I attended a fairly socioeconomically diverse high school, I've seen the difference that access to outreach programs and quality tutoring can make in helping students gain confidence in academic ability and developing a growth mindset. I wanted to work with Elevate and give back to other kids who may struggle with math anxiety, a fixed mindset, or need a support system. I know that having someone believe in you and meeting other underprivileged students who have overcome many obstacles and, nevertheless, made it to college can make a big difference. For these reasons, I strongly believe in Elevate's approach to tutoring and look forward to my tutoring experience.