Jalen graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in biology, but was raised in sunny Pensacola, Florida. He and his younger brother spent most of their days outside, either working with his mother on their farm or with his father playing soccer on the beach. Currently, he lives in San Francisco and works as a research assistant at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Thoracic Surgery.
Jalen tutors a wide variety of subjects including ACT and SAT prep, history, Spanish, biology, and chemistry. In high school, he began tutoring middle school students, and by sophomore year he was tutoring younger students in his IB classes. He played soccer, served as class president, competed in the national history fair as well as quizbowl events.
At Dartmouth Jalen took a variety of classes but his focus was in the sciences in preparation for medical school. He worked in the pediatric residency program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for all four of his years at Dartmouth. He also worked for three years researching the biochemistry behind atherosclerosis and presented his work at both domestic and international conferences. Jalen also completed a study abroad program, doing ecological field work in Costa Rica and the Cayman Islands. Service was also a very important part of Jalen’s Dartmouth experience. He traveled with Dartmouth Hillel to Europe to restore Jewish cemeteries, spent several weeks volunteering in rural medicine project in Haiti, mentored high school students from rural New York and New Hampshire, and worked as an advisor for incoming freshman who were the first in their families to go to college.
Dartmouth also helped Jalen to discover his love of the outdoors. At Dartmouth he become a certified wilderness first responder and led both day trips and multi-day backpacking trips across the US. Many of his weekends in New England were spent skiing or hiking in the mountains, and hobbies he hopes to continue in California.