In the fall, senior Sean Triechler will be attending Brown University, primarily for its unique Open Curriculum system. He initially was drawn to Brown and its prestigious eight-year BS/MD program, but “after further research [he] knew it was the school for [him] because of the Open Curriculum’s emphasis on academic exploration, risk-taking, and collaboration.” He also chose Brown for its uplifting environment, a factor that sets the institution apart from other schools of its pedigree: “Despite its challenging academics, Brown students are known for being less cutthroat competitive and more encouraging and helpful with other students. Being in an environment like this would enhance my learning experience, and I am very fortunate to be a part of the Brown community.”
“Despite its challenging academics, Brown students are known for being less cutthroat competitive and more encouraging and helpful with other students. Being in an environment like this would enhance my learning experience, and I am very fortunate to be a part of the Brown community.”
At Brown, Triechler will concentrate in chemistry and Spanish in hopes of ultimately entering the medical field. He believes the ability to communicate with patients and understand the complex chemical processes affecting their health are essential to succeeding as a healthcare worker.
Of his acceptance, he recalls, “I had low expectations given how competitive admissions are, so when I clicked on the status update that projects a GIF with ‘Congratulations’ I was ecstatic. I am extremely fortunate to have had amazing mentors, teachers, and friends who have encouraged and supported me, and I credit much of them with my success.”
However, his admission comes as no surprise to those who know him. As a musician, Triechler played both the piano and the bass. His commitment to these instruments opened up many opportunities for him, and he has played in venues such as Carnegie Hall or the Sydney Opera House. As a bass player, he plays for Dana’s Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra; as a piano player, he earned his Certificate of Merit Pianist through Music Teachers’ Association of California so that he can tutor others. He is also the Surgical Services Department Chair for the Mission Hospital Auxiliary Program and a Lab Technician for the Science Department.
This passion can be attributed to none other than our very own Dr. Sharma, largely because “her AP Chemistry class was the first class where [Sean] truly felt part of a family.” The challenging content and her engaging teaching style “brought students together to collaborate and help one another [and] made [him] enjoy practical applications of mathematics and theories in our labs.” Most importantly, Dr. Sharma “influenced [Sean] to commit [himself] to more STEM classes, and without her, [he does not] think [he] would have ever become a Lab Technician through Irvine Valley College or even have the slightest interest in majoring in chemistry.”
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