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Spotlight on…Meilin Obinata


TTL: ThinkTank Learning

M: Meilin Obinata


TTL: Meilin, could you please tell us about your educational and professional background?


M: I studied math in undergrad at UC Santa Cruz. I also have a JD from Hamlin University in St. Paul, Minnesota. I’ve worked in technology and in government; I’ve done a lot of volunteering with non-profits. I’ve met a lot of different kinds of people: entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, activists—so when I look at my students, I have a pretty wide pool of personality types and potential futures for them to draw from.


TTL: How did you get involved in education?


M: I’ve always wanted to work with kids, but not doing it, so a couple years back, I thought, “I should do this.” I started tutoring and had volunteered in educational settings, and I really enjoyed it. I did observation in classrooms and volunteered in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. I’ve really enjoyed it because I like to see kids grow; it can be in anything from fractions to persuasive writing. It’s nice to be part of their journey as they turn on the light bulb.


TTL: What region do you work in?


M: Palo Alto. Palo Alto South is my home base, but I have students at Palo Alto North and Cupertino as well.


TTL: In your opinion, what is special about the students in your region?


M: Their families care very much about the students. I think the students know they are very important to their families. They’re not alone in the process. They know their in a village of caring individuals, including us—the teachers, the center staff—we’re part of that.


TTL: What about one problem that affects many of your students?


M: They have to balance, at times, really high expectations of high school students with the reality of being a teenager. They have to find different ways of dealing with that. They need to separate their own sense of identity from those expectations.  They should have their own sense of confidence from these external ideas of what it means to be a “good” high school student.


TTL: How do you advise your students who are dealing with that issue?


M: Some of it might come down to issues like course planning: pick the right classes so if you’re spending 3 hours a night on homework, you’re getting the grades you want. Sometimes it’s a matter of time management, perhaps less time on the iPad. It can be as concrete as those two issues. I also talk about stress management with students. What are their outlets? I make sure they have fun and are relaxing too. I make sure they have sufficient restorative time. This is not optional; it’s actually healthy and an important part of their regiment.


TTL: Going back to you, what is one aspect that you really liked about college and specifically, your college?


M: I loved meeting all kinds of people, different kinds of people, and learning from that. I also enjoyed being challenged with ideas that I would have never found on my own. College involves people guiding you to discover different ideas, a whole spectrum of new ideas that you might have never considered. For example, I never expected to take a Victorian Literature class. It was really interesting to read and study these ideas with people who were equally passionate. Plus my professor was so in love with the material in a really genuine way.


TTL: If you could go back to high school, is there anything you would do differently?


M: I had some fun, but I would have had more. One of the things I liked doing in high school was performing with a group of musicians playing different instruments. I would have invested more of myself in that. It’s like that saying: “it’s not the days in your life, but the life in your days.” It’s important to take advantage of those opportunities for contentment.


TTL: Last, what is your spirit animal and why?


M: Does mermaid count? They symbolize an adventuresome spirit. Mermaids are all about moving around, seeing the world. They’re free spirits.




Spotlight on…Meilin Obinata

專訪——Meilin Obinata


TTL: 智勝教育(美國星騰科集團)

M: Meilin Obinata


TTL: Meilin,你可以和我們講述一下你的教育背景及專業背景嗎?





TTL: 你是如何決定從事教育行業的呢?


M: 我一直想和學生們在一起工作,但是從沒有機會,所以幾年前,我想“我應該這麼做”。我就開始輔導課程並在教育行業做志願者,我發現我很喜歡這樣的工作。我觀察過教室的情況,並在小學、初中和高中做過志願者活動。我如此喜歡這樣的工作是因為我喜歡看見孩子們成長。工作內容可以多樣化,分數啊,議論文啊。很高興能見證他們人生的一段旅程,比如說他們學會了電燈原理等。




A: 帕洛阿爾托地區。南帕洛阿爾托是我的大本營,但同樣我也有學生在北帕洛阿爾托和庫比蒂諾地區。





M: 學生的家庭都非常關心學生。我覺得學生都明白自己對於家庭來說是非常重要的。他們在申請大學的過程中並不是孤軍奮戰。他們知道有很多人關心自己,包括我們——老師們,我們中心的工作人員——我們也是其中之一。


TTL: 許多學生都比較困擾的一件事是什麼?




M: 有時候他們需要在高中生所背負的高期望值,和作為一個孩子,之間來平衡。他們需要找到不同的解決方法。他們需要把自我認同感和那些期望區分開來。對於那些外界所認為的“好的”高中生的標準,他們應該有自己的判斷和自信。


TTL: 對於面臨這一問題的學生,你有什麼建議呢?


M: 這可能會包括以下幾方面,比如說課程規劃:如果你明天晚上花費3個小時做作業,那麼你應該選擇一個適合你的課程,然後你會得到你想要的分數。有時又是時間管理問題,也許你少玩一會iPad就好。具體來說一般是這兩個方面。我也和學生討論壓力管理問題。他們有哪些解決途徑呢?我會確保他們玩得開心並很放鬆。我確保他們有足夠的恢復時間。這並不是可有可無的,這其實是很健康的,並且是他們能有效管理的一部分。


TTL: 話題轉回到你的身上, 你最喜歡大學的哪一方面? 特別是你的大學?


M: 我喜歡結識各種朋友,不同類型的人,並且向他們學習。我非常喜歡挑戰不同的想法,可能自己是永遠不會想到的那些想法。大學容納了很多能指引你去發現不同思維的人們,一個非常廣闊的視野、你自己可能永遠不會想到的一些新想法。比如說,我從未想過去上維多利亞文學課。和一群同樣充滿激情的人來閱讀研究這些理論,這真是非常有趣的一件事。再加上我的教授是如此真實地、深愛著這些題材。


TTL: 如果你能回到高中時期,有沒有一些事情你會做出什麼不同的選擇?



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