Born and raised in South Korea, Chang came to the US in 2007. After going from New Jersey to Connecticut for middle and high school years, respectively, he completed his tri-state triangle when he enrolled in Columbia University in New York City. While there, he earned his B.A. in English Literature and Biochemistry (Phi Beta Kappa; 3.95/4.0 GPA). During his years at Columbia, he was named a John Jay Scholar and received various summer research fellowships such as Sands-SURF and Class of 1939 Summer Research Fellowship. After spending a post-grad gap year at Barcelona researching the role of tumor microenvironment in modulating immunity against colon cancers, he is currently pursuing a combined MD/PhD at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Chang first fell in love with teaching while volunteering as an SAT/ACT tutor for inner city high school students. During his mid-college gap year, he worked as a freelance tutor, teaching high and middle school students subjects ranging from AP biology, chemistry and IB physics. In addition, he developed a curriculum and led a Harkness-style English class for Korean middle school students preparing for their entry into American boarding schools. During his junior and senior year at Columbia, he was a TA for intro to biology, and led a weekly two-hour recitation teaching students how to apply the concepts that they learned last week to solve problems posed in unfamiliar contexts. At Cambridge Coaching, Chang is an experienced medical school admissions coach and enjoys pushing students to their fullest potential on the MCAT.
Outside of his studies, he can be found on the yoga mat or running around Central Park or daydreaming about finding the next beach to surf, in hopes of one day surfing a perfect barrel.