Last updated 07/28/2022
Jose M Zarate Diaz graduated from Foshay Learning Center as Salutatorian of the Class of 2021. He was part of the Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) at USC, from middle school through high school, and received a high honor roll every year. He continues his relationship with NAI in working for the organization’s Saturday Academy as a Health and Science Teacher’s Assistant. His own high school involvement with NAI’s Health and Science Academy, motivated him to volunteer at Kaiser Permanente and take college classes at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) in Health Occupations and Careers. This inspired him to pursue a major in the health field: Biomedical Engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He is a member of the USC Human Biology Association and Star Wars clubs. This year he has participated in mock interviews
with upperclassmen in developing his confidence in conversational skills with others. This semester he is especially engaged with his Biomedical Engineering class, though challenging, he enjoys learning about MATLAB and how calculations apply to world technicalities. He has a continued in interest in film and photography by taking pictures and videos during school breaks. He also dedicates time to his hobbies of art and music. Currently he is reaching out to several professors for a summer internship.