Cassie is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. She attended Yale for college, and although this is her sixth year living on the east coast, she is still not used to the frigid winters. Cassie earned a double major in history and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Her studies focused on U.S. history, specifically Asian American history, and she received the Henry K. Hayase Prize for her history senior thesis on Asian American women’s labor history and the 1938 San Francisco National Dollar Store Strike. After graduating from college, Cassie spent a year conducting clinical research in heart failure. She is currently a medical student at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Throughout college, Cassie taught health education to elementary, middle, and high school students in New Haven. The experience helped Cassie discover a love for teaching, and she hopes that medical education will be a part of her future career as a physician. Cassie has a wide variety of academic strengths and passions including history, writing, biology, and chemistry that she looks forward to sharing with her students.
Cassie loves the ocean and can often be found at the beach surfing, snorkeling, or just chilling with the fish when she is at home in Hawaii. This is a bit more difficult to do in New York, so in her free time here, Cassie enjoys playing her cello, running, spending time with friends, and trying all of the delicious food that this city has to offer.