Alborzi Orthodontics - September 2018

235 N. SanMateo Drive, Suite 300 SanMateo, CA 94401-2672 Tel: (650) 342-4171

705 Purissima Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1934 Tel: (650) 726-6321

The Alborzi Standard

September 2018

A LIFELONG LOVE FOR LEARNING Why I Looked Forward to School as a Kid

that challenge was actually a powerful motivator for an already motivated kid like me. Toward the tail end of break, after I’d read a dozen books and started to miss my friends, I used to get anxious for school to start. As you might expect, it was a pretty major adjustment when I came to America and joined the public school system here. Though I spoke some English, it was just barely enough to get by initially. And the kind of English I knew was British English, not American, which sounded like a rapid-fire, run-on sentence for the first few months. Luckily, I had an

comes up against a barrier, it’s not that they have a hard time learning; it’s homing in on the precise aspects of what they need to focus on. It’s simply an array of common obstacles they need to learn to navigate. For example, when I first started high school in the U.S., I took a biology class. Right away, the teacher began talking about “theorems” and using all kinds of jargon that I simply did not understand. I was overwhelmed and thought to myself, “I cannot possibly learn this!” and dropped the class. But if I had realized at the time that all I needed was to learn those words specific to the subject, I would have been fine. That was the case when I revisited it in college and passed with flying colors. motivation to succeed. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, and I pursued that vision with constant passion. That is the key — to have a goal from a very early age, so studying isn’t some abstract obligation but a tool to help you reach a tangible goal. Like anything else, the power of intention will steer anyone right, as long as they have the tools and the support to succeed. Part of the reason why school was always so engaging for me was because of my intense

As school looms and summer vacation starts to wind down, many of my young patients are filled with a light dread for the impending school year. I get it — it’s difficult to let go of the summertime habits of spending every day with your pals and getting into trouble. But when I was growing up, I actually loved school. Back in Iran, where I attended school until 10th grade, there was a pretty different educational system. While there were positives and negatives about the approach there, the 70-plus class sizes necessitated a much more lecture-based structure than the participatory methods used here in the States. It was consistently challenging, but

English teacher who would meet with me at lunchtime, helping me grasp the intricacies of English. Though it wasn’t easy, by the end of six months, I was in pretty good shape.

If I could go back knowing what I know now, I’m sure it would be a lot easier. After I became a doctor, I learned of L. Ron Hubbard’s Applied Scholastics Study Technology, an invaluable tool to master and guide students through even the toughest subjects. When a student

–Dr. Alexa Alborzi

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