Shik’s passion for mentoring stems from his desire to brighten his students’ outlook and help them discover and develop their passions. He understands the critical role of a mentor in both improving a student’s academic performance and also in serving as a resource for guidance.
Shik graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and an emphasis in Genetics, Genomics and Development. During his time as an undergraduate at Cal, Shik worked as a peer advisor with the UC Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, and helped provide resources and assistance to undergraduate students in the major. Additionally, he was involved with several service-based clinics at Cal and gleaned a unique perspective on the needs of the Bay Area’s homeless and low-income population. Shik explored his interests in medical research as an undergraduate, having worked directly with radiology and cardiology groups at both UCSF and Stanford.
Shik’s experiences working in different fields with diverse groups have taught him a great deal about the importance of empathy, flexibility and positive reinforcement. Shik believes in the importance of cultivating a solid bond with students to better understand their strengths and weaknesses and to adapt his mentoring style to suit their needs. He works with students with the intentions of bolstering not only results but also confidence and proficiency in subject matter. Shik’s primary fields for tutoring are the sciences, U.S. and World History, English, math, essay-writing, psychology and ACT/SAT prep.
In his free time, Shik enjoys physical fitness—powerlifting, swimming and basketball—and is a huge 49ers and Warriors fan. He also enjoys outdoors activities like hiking and skiing, as well as creative and journalistic writing; he was a sports writer for The Daily Californian while at Cal.