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  • Artwork | Bree Zhang

    STEM in Art Brunoscapes Dreams Snapshots in... Ordinary Meets... Social Commentary Family Love Identity Search Still Life Miscellaneous Portfolio - Bree Zhang Click each work to see its full description. Time Lapsed Art Buy Artwork Commissions STEM in Art These works are inspired by my STEM passions within chemistry, biology, physiology, and genetics. They also contain important messages related to the healthcare field: medicine, behavioral health, public health, and my future profession: 🦷 dentistry 🦷 Brunoscapes Honored to announce that I am officially selling artwork via the The Brown University Bookstore ! "Brunoscapes" are renditions of memorable locations at Brown, each associated with specific memories, feelings, and emotions of my undergraduate experience! Dreams These dreamscapes and imaginary lands are rendered spontaneously without any prior planning, sketching, or reference photos. Like lucid dreaming, I let go of my inhibitions and allow my imagination to fabricate the landscape around me as I revel in the unconstrained fields of my mind and the different variations of creativity it can manifest. Snapshots in Time The world as I see it is composed of snapshots of meaningful places, objects, and people that have emotional significance to me, no matter if they are happy, funny, sad, or tragic. I capture these moments in memory so that I can keep them with me forever, etch them forever in the molecular gaps between the threading of my canvas or paper. Without them, I wouldn't be Bree Zhang. Ordinary Meets Unordinary These pieces retain the structural integrity of the ordinary world but transcend the constraints of reality. Some works are simply funny humorous, some are bizarre and outlandish, some are inspirational, some may be sad or frightening. Social Commentary My social commentary functions as activism and investigation within the intersectionalities of race, gender, sexuality, neurodiversity. It ranges from calling us to take voting action, to raising awareness about Anti-Asian Hate, to encouraging us to stand in solidarity against COVID-19, to analyzing female idealizations and expectations in relation to objectification, clothing, body image, and sexual violence. Tributes to Love Art and Music Combination Pieces Returning Home These 4 pieces are made together with my guzheng composition dedicated to my grandmother, called "Returning Home ." Each piece shows a treasured moment with my grandmother: feeding fish above a pond in my hometown, blowing candles during my birthday, laughing together, and reuniting with her after 7 years of separation. Go to My Compositions for the song and a more detailed description of my relationship with my grandmother. A Mother's Love This series of 12 art pieces (paired with my music composition “A Mother’s Love ”) is a tribute to my mother and all the other beautiful mothers in this world who have given us irreplaceable support, wisdom, care, and love since the day we were born, from changing our diapers, to teaching us how to walk, to comforting us when we are sad, to cheering on our successes, to supporting us even when we leave home to explore the world. No matter how old I become, I will always keep my mother in my heart and remember all the sacrifices and hardships she endured to provide me opportunities to grow, learn, and love. I love you 妈妈. 🥰 Daydreams (listen on Spotify ) Search for Identity Art and Music Combination Pieces These pieces comprise the art background to my song, Daydreams (see music video ), which details my insecurities and search for identity. "Daydreams" goes hand-in-hand with my art piece below, "The Sides of Me Your Don't See." To the girl in this song (Me Of the Past), she would’ve never imagined herself living the life featured at the end of this song, so it’s just yet another “daydream," a beautiful life.. But someday, it will come true. ❤️ The Sides of Me You Don't See This 3-D interactive work, made in conjunction with Daydreams, explores my struggle to come to terms with my Chinese identity . Click inside the first picture for the description of this piece. This piece shows a 2019/2020 snapshot of my reflection. Read about my full journey at "My Asian Identity ." Still Life Practice pieces through direct observation using graphite or charcoal Miscellaneous A combination of contests, commissions, master copies, fan art, and other pieces that do not fit in any of the categories above. Follow my art instagram account at breez_art_ and deviant art account at bubba-bree for more updates! For more info about me (or my artwork), check out: About Me Time Lapse Art Music Compositions Commissions My Dental Journey My Asian Identity

  • Dental Infographics | Bree Zhang

    Integrating Dental & Medical Curricula Other Advocacy Infographics Patient Education Infographics! Bree's Dental Infographics How I Integrate Oral Health within Columbia's Medical Curriculum At Columbia Dental, my first 18 months of dental school is with the medical school, in which we share the same classroom and lab with medical students. While I'm so grateful to have the chance to learn about the whole body, I also feel that it's important for medical students to have an understanding of oral health! Oral disease is a silent epidemic: tooth decay is the most common disease in the world, periodontitis is number 6 in the world, and both conditions greatly affect, predispose, or exacerbate other health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, covid-19, cancer, and even Alzheimer's. However, the mouth has been historically neglected in a lot of conversations on health, partially because of the segregated dental and medical system (in schools, hospital systems, and insurance policies). Many medical students learn more about the brain, the skin, and the rest of the body , but they tend to know less about the mouth when it’s one of the most important windows and gateways to our physical and mental health. ​ This is how and why I started making infographics connecting the contents I made in this class with public health concepts, because--after all, health cannot be achieved without taking on a public health lens! Systemic Inflammation Systemic Inflammation Systemic Inflammation Systemic Inflammation 1/7 Inspired by Immunology and Histology/Pathology Lectures. View the VIDEO HERE . Diabetes Diabetes Diabetes Diabetes 1/9 Inspired by Biology Block of Molecular Mechanisms See artwork reflections on humanism and health inspired by Anatomy! Parental Leave Parental Leave Parental Leave Parental Leave 1/7 HPV Vaccine HPV Vaccine HPV Vaccine HPV Vaccine 1/10 Inspired by Data Science Lecture I had the wonderful opportunity to actually present this during a Data Science Lecture to my classmates! Inspired by Immunology, Dental Anatomy, and Introduction to Global and Population Health Courses! Tetracycline Staining Tetracycline Staining Tetracycline Staining Tetracycline Staining 1/6 Inspired by Pharmacology and Dental Anatomy 1 2 9 1 1/9 Inspired by Genetics and Dental Anatomy. View the VIDEO HERE . Inspired by topics in Data Science about redlining, inflammation, chronic weathering Other Advocacy Infographics! MLR Referendum MLR Referendum MLR Referendum MLR Referendum 1/7 Eating Disorders Eating Disorders Eating Disorders Eating Disorders 1/3 NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship 1/6 These infographics were featured on Columbia ASDA's official Instagram Page . These infographics were featured on Harvard ASDA's official Instagram Page . Click to see full perspective. Infographics explaining more about NHSC Scholarhip My Patient Education Infographics! From 2021-2022, while working at the Dental Associates of Rhode Island (one of my best experiences, they have therapy dogs there!! ), I made infographics to educate patients about basic oral health concepts, such as plaque, tooth decay, gum disease, fillings, sealants, halloween tips, types of dentists, infant oral health, pregnancy oral health, and the oral systemic link! Sealants Sealants Sealants Sealants 1/7 Baby's Oral Health! Baby's Oral Health! Baby's Oral Health! Baby's Oral Health! 1/5 Pregnancy Pregnancy Pregnancy Pregnancy 1/8 Fillings Fillings Fillings Fillings 1/5 Types of Dentists Types of Dentists Types of Dentists Types of Dentists 1/5 Halloween Tips Halloween Tips Halloween Tips Halloween Tips 1/8 Cavities Cavities Cavities Cavities 1/5 Plaque Plaque Plaque Plaque 1/4 Gum disease Gum Disease Gum Disease Gum disease 1/5 More About Me! Why Dentistry About me as an NHSC Scholar, TedX Speaker, Advocacy Award Recipient My Art Portfolio Sold by Brown University Bookstore and featured on Columbia's Global Consortium of Climate Health My Publications Harvard Global Health Starter Kit co-author, 2nd author of bottle feeding case study Music Compositions Performed 5 times in Carnegie Hall, 2 times in the Metropolitan Museum, 2 times in McCarter Theatre Dental Art & Music How I combine music therapy and art to heal and educate patients! My Asian Identity Reflections on what it means to be Asian American and my struggles with my identity About Me Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more updates! Follow me on Spotify! Spotify

  • Art and Music Meet Dentistry | Bree Zhang

    Music & Dentistry Art & Dentistry Art and Music Meet Dentistry Bringing Music into Dentistry In 2019, I started providing music therapy to patients in the RI Hospital Cancer Center. Through my guzheng, I realized the power of music as a common language to connect us, heal us, bring out stories and memories, soothe our fears. I wanted to bring music therapy into the dental field. Dental fear (or dental anxiety) affects approximately 36% of the population, especially prevalent in trauma victims or survivors of domestic violence, and is a reason why millions of Americans avoid the dentist . Yet delaying dental care results in the progression of dental disease that requires more invasive and painful treatments, furthering the cycle of dental trauma. RI Hospital Healing Through Harmony Volunteer Many suffering severe dental fear or anxiety require nitrous oxide or general anesthesia in order to undergo a procedure. I believed music could function as a low cost alternative, so I implemented music therapy at the Dental Associates of Rhode Island , an office I had been working at as a Practice Coordinator/Dental Assistant. "Thursday Tunes" on the Guzheng Every Thursday, at the beginning and end of the hour, I played the guzheng 古筝, the 21-stringed Chinese harp, as patients entered the waiting rooms, incorporating elements of music therapy such as receptive intervention, re-creation, improvisation, and composition.⁣⁣ ​ Wireless Headphones, Customizable Playlists I set up an office Spotify account and wireless bluetooth noise-canceling headphones for each operating room. Rather than listening to a preset music playlist, patients had could select any songs they wanted through Spotify, or connect their own phone to the bluetooth headphones. Bringing Art Into Dentistry One day while dental assisting, I met a young girl who needed a root canal. Since she couldn’t understand English, I drew out the root canal procedure for her. I broke down the procedure into 4 simple steps, using arrows, check marks or x-marks, and happy/sad faces to convey meaning. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I believe a drawing can be worth a million. You can illustrate processes through time, distill complex pictures into simple components, combine elements while highlighting the most important parts. You can communicate across language barriers to increase health literacy and decrease dental anxiety, particularly for stigmatized procedures like root canals. ​ It’s not always convenient to draw the full process of a root canal. When I searched online for short video animations, I discovered that these animations were all longer than 1 minute or were too hyperrealistic. Thus, I decided to create my own animation , distilled down into a simple digestible form—all under 30 seconds. This video is the first of my series of hand-drawn dental education animations, focused on being easy to visualize and understand even without sound. After making this video, I also became inspired to create short educational infographics on other dental topics (cavities, plaque, gum disease, fillings, pregnancy) for patients and their families at the Dental Associates of Rhode Island, trying to distill dental education into short bite-sized pieces of information. Below is a sneak peek, but check out my " Infographics " page to see the whole repertoire! Dental Artwork I also use artwork as a channel to discuss and highlight oral health and public health concepts. Records of Our Oral Ecosystem The tooth is a birth certificate. Similar to tree rings, striations in our enamel carry the topography of the changes and transitions.... Read More Reproductive Justice and Oral Health Access to dental care is about reproductive health and birth equity. Hormonal changes greatly increase risk of gum disease, and nearly 60-75% of pregnant people have gum disease..... Read More The Iceberg of Our Oral Health Oral health is like an iceberg. We see teeth as the visible “tip” of the iceberg, but we often don’t see the multidimensional “branches” required to.... Read More My Most Recent Hand-drawn Art and Video Animation: My Human - A Story of Oral Health Inequity A story of told from the perspective of a tooth who observes its human, Smiles, a young girl with a beautiful smile. Smiles suffers from tooth decay, which gets worsened over COVID-19 and eventually leads to infection and an abscess that takes her to the emergency room, with only one option: to extract the tooth. More About Me! Why Dentistry About me as an NHSC Scholar, TedX Speaker, Advocacy Award Recipient My Art Portfolio Sold by Brown University Bookstore and featured on Columbia's public health website My Infographics Featured on Columbia and Harvard ASDA pages, covering patient education Music Compositions Performed 5 times in Carnegie Hall, 2 times in the Metropolitan Museum, 2 times in McCarter Theatre My Publications Harvard Global Health Starter Kit co-author, 2nd author of bottle feeding case study My Asian Identity Reflections on what it means to be Asian American and my struggles with my identity For more info about me, check out: About Me Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more updates! Follow me on Spotify! Spotify

  • Publications and Projects | Bree Zhang

    Anterior Crossbite Research Global Health Starte Kit Co-author Oral Health for Children Oral Health for the Elderly Bree's Publications and Projects Harvard School of Dental Medicine Global Health Starter Kit Co-author I am one of the lead authors of Module 7 Harvard School of Dental Medicine's Global Health Starter Kit, a competency-based global health ‘starter’ curriculum designed for dental educators and students. The Global Health Starter Kit is a free accessible curriculum that has registered users across 30 countries and was published as an mOralHealth case study in the recently released WHO Mobile Technologies for Oral Health Implementation Guide. I developed COVID-19: Global Lesson for a Global Profession " (Module 7) during the last year of undergrad while I was the Pre-dental Society President at Brown University under the mentorship of Dr. Brittany Seymour, the Global Health Discipline Director at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, who is the lead author of the entire Global Health Starter Kit. Anterior Crossbite + Bottle Feeding Research From 2017 to 2020, I conducted research on early correction of anterior crossbite through bottle feeding. Early correction, initiated at least after age 3 when a fixed or removable appliance can be worn, encouraging proper development of the maxilla and mandible. Our initial Case Study, published in the Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry , describes an instance of exceptionally early intervention of a bottle-fed 10-month-old boy without use of an appliance. Correction was achieved in 5 months by changing the bottle position to a counterbalancing feeding angle. This technique needs further investigation but has potential to reduce future costly orthodontic procedures, improving psychophysiological development. Although we got IRB approval to start the next step of research to expand our study to a much larger sample size, we were unable to continue this project due to the pandemic. I hope to continue it in dental school. Brown Pre-dental Society Initiatives Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of children. Over the pandemic, I started an initiative “Oral Health Education for Children” teaching local elementary schoolers about the importance of oral health, proper oral hygiene & dietary habits, and fluoride benefits through virtual games like kahoot and jeopardy. Concurrently, I was working with children and conducting research on praise at the Causality and Mind Lab. Praise is important in motivating children to maintain good oral hygiene and diet, so my research was informative in how I developed and delivered presentations to children. ​ During my last semester at Brown, when I handed this project off to our Community Service Chair, I was delighted to see that we were finally able to present in-person at schools, and even set up tables at their science fairs! Oral Health Education for Children Prevention is just as important for our elderly, whose oral health often goes unnoticed and uncared for. In 2019, I developed oral hygiene training sessions to be delivered to caretakers at nursing homes. Communicating with Dr. Zwethckenbaum, Director of RI Dept Oral Health, I worked on a powerpoint on causes of gum disease & tooth decay, proper set-up and maintenance of teeth, dentures and partials, dealing with residents with dementia, parkinsons and paralysis, and identifying 10 types of oral pathologies. Once Brown pre-dental society members were trained to give presentations, we divided into working groups and obtained floss, toothbrush, and toothpaste donations from local offices. With the help of Adderlin Bailey, Dental Program Manager of Carelink Collaborative, we were put in contact with 46 nursing homes and worked in groups to present our content. Oral Health for the Elderly More About Me! Why Dentistry About me as an NHSC Scholar, TedX Speaker, Advocacy Award Recipient My Art Portfolio Sold by Brown University Bookstore and featured on Columbia's public health website My Infographics Featured on Columbia and Harvard ASDA pages, covering patient education Music Compositions Performed 5 times in Carnegie Hall, 2 times in the Metropolitan Museum, 2 times in McCarter Theatre Dental Art & Music How I combine music therapy and art to heal and educate patients! My Asian Identity Reflections on what it means to be Asian American and my struggles with my identity About Me Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more updates! Follow me on Spotify! Spotify

  • Why Dentistry | Bree Zhang

    Why Dentistry? I decided to make an artwork to answer the question Watch my TedXTalk for a more personal version of the story To me, dentistry is like painting an artwork or composing a guzheng 古筝 song: both require sensitivity of touch, creative visualization, and the ability to sculpt not just the intricate details but also the larger symphony of what our mouth’s blank canvas can become: the smile. 😁 Dental art is also a science. It requires a thorough understanding of how dentistry’s “paints” react, solidify, and set according to different temperatures, moisture levels, time frames and mixtures, whether it is the chemical reaction of alginate (drawn as d-mannuronic acid and l-guluronic acid ), or the blue-light stimulated 3d polymerization of composite resin in restorative fillings. That's when my organic and inorganic chemistry knowledge 🧪 merges with my love for biology🧬 , from the aromatic ring in lidocaine improving lipid solubility, to fluoride-assisted remineralization of enamel (depicted as Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 +2F− → Ca10(PO4)6(F)2 + 2OH− ). ​ One of my favorite “biologies” is microbiology. 🦠 The oral cavity is an entryway, living environment, and source of replication for millions of microbes (I’ve drawn a few: SARS COV-2, HIV, E. Coli, Pneumococcus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, etc ), some of which have sparked major epidemics and pandemics. This oral-systemic link is where my interest in science “flows” into the heart and lungs of my passion for public health. 🏥 I’ve seen how the mouth is often the first place to detect disease, cancers, and immune system dysfunction; how poor oral health is linked with heart disease, diabetes, COVID-19, Alzheimer's, and other synergistic diseases rooted in socioeconomic circumstances. 😷 ​ Given that dental decay is the most common disease in the world, and that cumulative national costs 💵 for dental treatment in many countries are higher than those for cancers and heart disease, I hope to be advocating for policies that not only increase upstream prevention and integration (depicted by superior vena cava flowing up to globe ) but also prioritize resource conservation and our fragile relationship with Planet Earth. 🌎 ​ Public health cannot be improved without improving oral health, but the “heart” 💗 (aortic artery flowing upwards in "Why Dentistry" artwork) of our health is also connected to our brain, which is where my love for psychology comes into the picture. 🧠 Our mental health influences oral health through biological channels (systemic inflammation and hormonal imbalance) and psychosocial channels (motivation, social habits, dental fear and anxiety). Meanwhile, our oral health reciprocally affects our mental health by impacting our ability to eat, talk, work, sleep, and smile: a key to confidence, identity, and social mobility. As a dentist, I hope to use tools of psychology to restructure phobias and integrate art and music therapy into dental settings--returning full circle to my favorite multi-colored “hues'' and “melodies.” 🎨🎵 ​ The dental field is growing at such a fast rate. With a passion for teaching 📚, I hope shape the dental curriculum so that cultural competency is not just a strength but a fundamental core principle. So that mental-health informed dental care is always built from acknowledging social determinants of health. So that we can work collaboratively with all disciplines to tackle the global burden of oral disease. ​ So when people ask me “why do you want to be a dentist?” I say that “not just a dentist but an oral health physician 🩺, an oral health advocate 💪, and an oral health educator 📖." And who knows--maybe I’ll be adding more pieces to my “why dentistry” painting in four years. About Me as an NHSC Scholar On September 8th, I received my official award letter from the National Health Corps Scholarship!! The National Health Corps Scholarship provides financial support for full-time enrollment in an eligible primary care health professions degree training program between 2 yrs and up to 4 school years, covering tuition, reasonable educational costs, and monthly stipends for living expenses. After graduation, scholars devote time practicing in a HPSA (health professional shortage area) for the years they receive the scholarship. I am very blessed for this unique opportunity. Dental disease is a neglected epidemic: more than 1/3 of low-income adults avoid smiling and face employment difficulties due to the state of their teeth. Dental pain has been reported to affect up to 30% of adults, which also impacts their ability to sleep, eat, work, and take care of their children. Right now, about 49 million Americans live in communities that have been designated dental professional shortage areas. It’s so important to address and fix the geographical shortages of dental providers, BUT we must also think about the roots of the problem: a segregated healthcare system, a treatment over prevention culture, policies that perpetuate other social disparities in education, food access, & more. Beyond just practicing in a HPSA, I hope to continue pushing for increased dental access and prevention/education on the upstream policy level. NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship NHSC Scholarship 1/6 Click to see full perspective. Infographics explaining more about NHSC Scholarhip Learn how I've tackled global oral health Learn about my work in prevention and education Learn how I've merged art and music with dentistry . Learn how I conceptualize patient-centered care For more info about me, check out: Art Portfolio Time Lapse Art Music Compositions My Asian Identity About Me My Guzheng Story Contact Me Send Success! Message received.

  • About Me | Bree Zhang

    Intro Teaching Event Planning Art Music Dentistry Contact Me About Me Introduction Hi I'm Bree, she/hers)! I graduated from Brown, receiving a degree in Psychology (ScB) with Honors, and I am pursuing a DDS at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine--read about my dental journey here ! My favorite animal (coincidentally my zodiac animal) is the dragon and I am the HUGEST fan of Studio Ghibili movies (Princess Mononoke is my <3). In my free time, I enjoy playing the guzheng ( 古筝), oil painting and digital painting, composing music, writing short stories, going on morning runs, learning Tiktok shuffles, and ​trying new sports like ice skating, frisbee, and ballroom dancing! Things I Like to Do! Teaching There's something magical about giving someone your knowledge and watching the crazily amazing things they do with it. I first fell in love with teaching in 2014 when I co-founded a guzheng class for children. Later, in college, I found an opportunity to work as a college counselor and essay editor with Princetonow Education Services, advising and helping students develop their passions. However, I always loved working with children. It's like planting a seed and watching it take root and grow up. So I joined a developmental psychology lab, Causality and Mind Lab at Brown, studying how children think, learn, and interact with the world. This past April, I finally finished my senior thesis on "Effects of Different Praise on Children's Motivation"!🦷 Event Planning & Student Government They say you'll forget your grades, but you won't forget your people. During my time at Brown, being Co-President of the Class of 2022 and a Orientation Leader gave me a wonderful and humbling opportunity toe be a "Matchmaker" to create spaces and chances for new friendships and relationships 👀 to form (favorite memories include apple picking, ice skating, Gala, and the senior organ concert)! Now, at Columbia, I am the President of the Class of 2026 and work to continue to foster connections while communicating with deans and admin to best support our class! Art To me, art is dreaming of weird things. Art is believing in yourself when no one else does. Art is reflecting on your tragedies and successes. Art is growing as a human. Art is confusing and messy and befuddling. Art is harsh and unforgiving but it can be comforting and lovely. Art is cool! ​ View my artwork , watch my time-lapse paintings , or consider buying my artwork at the Brown University Bookstore! Selling Artwork at the Underground Market At the Create@Brown ArtMart Brown Bookstore Music I'm a musician and composer. Music has allowed me to connect with my culture. It has given me space to heal from my eating disorder. I'm always trying new ways to play my guzheng (古筝). Recently, I've discovered a new passion for music improvisation and spontaneous storytelling . Read more about my guzheng story or listen to my most recent compositions ! Spotify Dentistry Most people just see teeth, but I see dentistry as this glowing, overlapping, breathing ecosystem of all my passions: art, music, science, public health, global health, psychology, and education. Read more to find out about why I'm passionate about dentistry. Hunterdon Family Dental Care Rhode Island Free Clinic Dental Associates of Rhode Island For more info about me, check out: Art Portfolio Time Lapse Art Music Compositions Why Dentistry Music Arrangements My Asian Identity Contact Me Send Success! Message received. Spotify

  • College Reflections | Bree Zhang

    Reflection 1 Reflection 2 Reflection 3 Reflection 4 Reflection 5 College Reflections I used to think Brown was a poopy💩 color, but you can only create that color by combining all colors of the rainbow. Brown has been my canvas. Each semester has been a wandering collection of dissonances and consonances. Read my 5 Main Takeaways Below: #1 The Best Teachers Are Bandages, and the Best Bandages Come From Our Friends. College can be a journey of figuring out how to patch myself up from falls and scrapes but oftentimes not even knowing where these scrapes and cuts are. Throughout college, I struggled with a combination of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, which triggered depressive episodes after binges and manic episodes when I starved myself in punishment. ​ There were moments when I felt invincible and so productive so no sleep and keep going because your creative juices are flowing and no--you can't stop--you can't sleep anyway--stomach empty--you're so light you could fly away-- Then, moments when I struggled to get out of bed and do basic things like wash my face. Moments when I didn’t want to wake up from sleep. Moments when I hated myself so much and felt so useless for hating myself and not being able to do the simplest daily things, then hating myself all over again and thinking I did not deserve people’s admiration. ​ The scary thing about falling is that it’s sometimes not the injury that hurts the most but the painstaking process of trying to get to your original pace. There’s an insidious voice that keeps comparing yourself to your best version and reminds you’re so much slower and wobbly and graceless. ​ But the beautiful thing about falling is that the journey of crawling up teaches you so much. It’s taught me that friends and loved ones have always been my best bandages. They give me shoulders to cry on and hands to hold when I don’t feel grounded. They remind me that I’m still Bree. ​ Sometimes, learning how to be vulnerable means allowing your friends and loved ones to see you under a spotlight when you haven’t put on your protective skin, so you feel flayed and disgusting and ashamed because this version of you will always exist in their memory. ​ But sometimes, learning to be vulnerable means that you have hands that can put bandages in places you can’t easily see or reach. And unlike your bandages, these bandages come without self-contempt and are so purely filled with love and care that you start to feel like everything’s going to be okay. ​ Because it will be <3 #2 Inspiration is everywhere in the community, and everyone has a Mary Poppins Bag. I believe that I am a collection of the wisdom of each person I’ve met at Brown. ​ As they say, the beauty of the Open Curriculum is that no two people are taking the exact same track of courses, meaning that there is less room for competition/comparison and more room for vicarious learning, exploration, and super cool conversations. I don’t need to take 20 classes to obtain knowledge from 20 classes. By talking with peers, I get “TLDR” glimpses of the most thought-provoking topics in way more classes, and we exchange these glimpses across our real world reflections. ​ If what people are studying is cool, what they are doing is even cooler. Everyone I know seems to carry around a Mary Poppins bag: a bottomless pit of talents and accomplishments that they usually keep humbly hidden but pull out on special occasions, ceaselessly surprising me. ​ Like just when I thought this person couldn’t be cooler as a STEM icon, but wait—they also won an award for their cutting-edge research—but wait—they’re also a kickass dancer—but wait—and they’re also involved in acapella and have a voice of gold? In fact, my admiration for my peers solidified even more after seeing everyone's senior theses, capstones, and extracurricular final projects. The spark in someone’s eyes is most beautiful when they talk about something they love, something to which they’ve devoted so much time, tears, and energy. ​ The reason I am the way I am is because of this Brown community: they’re always inventing, deconstructing, designing, collecting, fighting, advocating, teaching, learning, providing—-and inspiring me to do better. #3 It’s never too late to start a hobby, or to revisit one that you’ve tucked away. Success is not always accomplishing something but enacting an intention to start something . As someone who has always been a checklist person who likes the feeling of "finishing" things I'm good at, I really had to learn how to reframe my mindset throughout college. I'm happy to say I finally got really comfortable with this by my last semester at Brown, where I was welcomed into the frisbee, ballroom dancing, and ice skating communities. ​ Feeling "comfortable" in unknown spaces cannot happen without empowering and nurturing people. Ballroom dancing was completely new to me. Even when I started out as one of the worst dancers, these people gave me a home and never judged me, only uplifted me. Frisbee and ice skating were sports I’d tried as a first-year (but then stopped for 3 years due to time commitment). The fact that I felt welcomed so warmly despite my hiatus showed me that it’s okay to step back from things, to leave for a few years, and it’s okay to join again when you’re ready. ​ When time is ticking, it’s easy to get caught up in the end. I only had 2-3 months to enjoy these communities before graduation. While sometimes I lamented how I should’ve joined/re-joined these sports earlier, the experience taught me how to savor each moment because it’s happening (and not because it’s disappearing), to be comfortable with not knowing things and asking for help—because help is always there. ​ Three of my most exciting moments were when I did the Bronzie Cha Cha group number at the Phoenix Ball, when I performed a solo at Brown Figure Skating Club’s Annual Ice Skating Show, and when I played in my first Frisbee Scrimmage with another college team. I am proud of these moments not because I was the best performer/player (in fact, in ice skating, I was the worst) but because I went out and tried my best. #4 No battle plan survives the first contact with the enemy, so learn to have fun while the plan fails. Lots of us are perfectionists who try to avoid perfectionism but unwittingly stray towards perfectionism if left unchecked. Perfectionism is what makes us good at what we do because we hold ourselves to high expectations. However, it also makes us stressed out, especially if the work is not what we expect. This is why my involvement in CCB (Class Coordinating Board) was such an amazing learning experience for me because no matter how much you try to perfect your "battle plan," unexpected problems arise. ​ Perhaps the weather is freezing, and the crock pot you need to melt the caramel (for caramel covered apples) doesn’t heat up, so someone on your board needs to run to the Blue Room with a tub of Boiling hot water to get the caramel to melt. Perhaps there’s glitches with a platform you’re using, and you embarrassingly have to send out a classwide email again apologizing for good-old “technical difficulties.” Perhaps delivery costs increase. The power fails. A few staffers get sick. A vendor backs out. Equipment doesn’t work. ​ The question isn’t a matter of “if” but “when” and “what” will go wrong—whether it’s a mistake you made or an uncontrollable external factor. So an important lesson CCB taught me (and something I’m still striving towards) is how to adapt, go with the flow, laugh and bond over our failed battle plans, and accept that no one is going to ever be completely satisfied with your event, or you—and that’s okay. ​ After all, the enemy of a “battle plan” is just life, and life will always give you unexpected lemons and things to be salty over. But if you stop seeing life as an enemy, you can slice up the lemons, gather some salt, and have fun taking tequila shots. #5 Don’t wait until you’re leaving to start making a bucket list. 4 years feels so short. So very very short. ​ Sometimes, I wonder “If COVID-19 hadn’t happened, would I have had a better college experience?” ​ Reasonably, a voice in my head says: “Yes, of course. You lost almost 2 years of college. You struggled during the virtual semesters without much social contact. You saw lives disappear in the blink of an eye, neighbors, family acquaintances, more.” ​ But I also see another side to COVID-19. ​ COVID-19 made me who I am in college. I learned how to be alone. I learned to navigate challenges and tensions with my family that emerged from the pandemic and politics. I learned to appreciate the moments I have with my loved ones. To never take anything for granted because even the most stable rocks can be shattered in an instant: a relationship, a friendship, an experience, an education. ​ It’s the same with college. ​ When I came back to in-person school my senior year, I made a Senior Bucket List, and I wrapped myself in a craze to complete all the items. But then it hit me. Why is it that we only make a real bucket list when we’re about to leave somewhere? Aren’t the experiences listed in our bucket list things we have always wanted to do? Why can't we cherish these experiences sooner? ​ How many times did I really explore downtown Providence? How many cuisines on college hill did I really try? How many challenges did I really complete? How many moments with friends did I pass up because I wanted to focus on studying? ​ We often don’t realize how much we appreciate something until it slips from our fingertips. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying “hold on tighter so it doesn’t slip.” We all have to let things slip away to move on—after all, our hands can only hold so much—but we should be more intentional while these experiences are around and easily graspable. ​ This way, we’re not simply just letting retrospection paint an experience in a positive light. We’re actually existing in that experience—appreciating it even if we can’t see the beauty yet. ​ Senior Year Bucket List Green are completed items. Red are uncompleted items.​ Dance on pole Get on rooftop Participate in Jazz jams RISD Wintersesssion Polar Plunge with BOC Visit Newport Visit Block Island Witness Naked Donut Run Try an edible (make art while high) Visit RISD Museum Make at least 10 Brunoscapes Hammock somewhere on campus Get back into Ice skating Hiking somewhere NOT in Providence Attend a Gendo Taiko Workshop Join Frisbee again! Attend a Nelson fitness class (cardio core, body combat, 305 dance) Study in GCB (with laptops out) Join Ballroom dancing Ratty challenge Go to all you can eat hotpot with CSA Go to Beach SciLi challenge Go Rock Climbing Watch Dance Shows Mezcla Fusion Impulse Daebak SKINNY DIPPING Do something weird for Senior Talent Show Watch theatre productions RENT Sweeney Todd Company Louis challenge Sleep on 10+ locations on campus Watson​ Leung Andrews dining Emwool lounge Faunce fishbowl Sears Lounge Metcalf third floor Friedman Main Green Scili Scavenger HUnt Friend group ​senior Boston trip Drink wine in 10+ major buildings on campus. Faunce Rock The Hay Sayles Salomon University Hall Macmillan Sears Ratty Friedman Vdub Andrews Thesissssssss Watch Waterfire Sell prints of my artwork. Try aerial acrobatics workshop Perform at in-person concerts Lunar new year Underground Thursdays Sounds@Brown Senior Week​​ GRADUATE YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! For more info about me, check out: Art Portfolio Time Lapse Art Music Compositions My Dental Journey Music Arrangements My Asian Identity Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more music updates! Follow me on Spotify! Spotify

  • My Asian Identity | Bree Zhang

    Banana Bree Love & Hate Not Like Other Asians Why am I Lonely? Claiming Soil What's Next? Just Like Other Asians My Asian Identity Banana Bree Phase Growing up, many children want to be astronauts, teachers, doctors. I wanted to be a “banana.” Yellow on the outside by default of genetics, white on the inside by choice. My mother always told me, “You can’t change your skin, but you can decide how you act." Living in a very white town, I took that as encouragement to push away my Asianness away. Asians = nerdy? I pretended to be stupid. My Chinese food = smelled "weird"? I ate school lunches. Asians = "unathletic”? I made volleyball my life. ​ I called myself Bree Zang, the Americanized pronunciation of my last name “Zh āng” 张 (pronounced: J āhng). It never occurred to me to say it any differently. Why pronounce it correctly when people make a weird face then ask “why do you spell it Zhang when it’s not pronounced that way?” Funnily, the closest an American came to pronouncing my last name was when they asked “Did your parents drop pots and pans down the stairs and listen to the sounds to name you? Ding dong. Ching Chong. Bree Jong ?” I don’t name this experience to get pity for myself because this is a common Asian American experience. (“Oh, you got the slanted eye jokes?” “I got the jokes about eating dogs.” “Oh! You wanted to have blonde hair too?” “Blue eyes for me.”) I name this experience because I want to tell the story of how I tripped, fell, and found my way to my identity. It started with the 古筝 (guzheng). Love, Hate, Gaslight Up until highschool, I was always ashamed to let others know I was playing the guzheng, but things changed in 2014 when I began teaching guzheng at my Chinese School. There, I realized that if I wanted my students to be proud of themselves, I first had to first at least accept my Chinese background myself. So I started playing the guzheng in front of white friends, bringing it out during volleyball sleepovers as they recorded me on their snapchat stories. But instead of fully accepting my Asianness, I weaponized my Asianness. I used “I’m so Asian!” and as a way to be funny—a knife against myself. I acted in ways to jokingly confirm Asian stereotypes because at least I was getting attention from people, and didn’t attention mean that I wouldn’t be alone? ​ Instead of fully accepting my Asianness, I commodified my Asianness. During college application season, I wrote my common app essay about teaching my guzheng students and spreading my Chinese culture. I painted myself as a girl who celebrated herself and the Chinese heritage sung by her students’ guzheng strings. ​ I wasn’t lying. Everything written in the essay was true. But it’s funny how I could simultaneously love my Asianness yet be ashamed of it. I embraced my Chinese culture—calligraphy, music, history, language—but I was ashamed that my parents had accents or that I watched anime. I loved my guzheng, but still, I avoided performing solos in “Qipao” or traditional chinese wear because I thought Western gowns fit me better, made me look more beautiful. It was as if I selectively compartmentalized my Asianness into different drawers, rejecting, accepting, and hiding different slices of myself. "I'm Not Like Other Asians" This simultaneous self-love and shame led me to adopt a “I’m not like other Asians” attitude in college, similar to the “I’m not like other girls” attitude. Yes, I was proud of my Asianness, but no —I wasn’t like those other Asians who just hung out with their own Asian friends. I thought was different , I was “special.” I played the guzheng, not the piano or violin. I was heavily invested in arts and humanities, so not the typical Asian STEM pre-med (reflecting back, this fixation is extra r idiculous because almost every Brown pre-med I know is so multifaceted and eloquent in science and humanities). ​ To assert my Asian-but-not-Asianness, I talked often about my guzheng, but I avoided large Asian gatherings and parties. I gravitated towards friends who were either white or other people of color. I even told myself “I can't have more than 1/5 of my close friends as Asians, but I can’t have 0 or else I’m too blatantly white,” as if my identity was a calculation, rather than an existence. Perhaps this is why, as a first-year, I started to feel a bit alienated and distant from my fellow Asians. "Wait, why am I lonely?" It took little steps. ​ It took reflecting on myself through art and music composition. Why I was lonely. Why I felt compulsions to avoid or seek out certain people. Recognizing these compulsions. Acknowledging that I was still on a journey to find peace with my identity, that I wasn’t the proud girl I wrote about in my common app essay. Daydreams, 2020 It took meeting friends who were genuinely interested in not Bree Zang but Bree Zh āng. who were willing to venture beyond the tasty flavors of my culture but also the deeper grittier, darker parts. Who found pride in parts of me that I wasn’t proud of. ​ It took meeting inspiring peers who were unapologetically wearing their own skin and identity. Listening to their struggles. Their realizations. Claiming Soil That's Not Solid One of my proudest moments in college was sophomore year when I made an artwork . selected for Brown University Science Center’s Annual Art Exhibit. At the exhibition’s opening talk, I decided—for the first time in my life—to say my last name 张 “Zhang” the real way. ​ What does it mean to claim your name? To claim your space that—yes—you can belong here. Sides of Me You Don't See , 2020 But what does it mean to return home every semester break and watch my mom trying to decide what food she can’t bring to work because 香菇 and 猪耳朵 “smell weird” to her American co-workers? What does it mean to still fight feelings of shame when my parents take too long pronouncing the words on a restaurant menu—and to remind myself that they’re not stupider because they have an accent. In fact, their accent makes them wiser and stronger. What does it mean being catcalled on the street and yelled at to “Go back to china?” and to be asked “do you eat bats?” while still feeling pressured to fit the model minority myth, which upholds a system that pits us against other people of color? What's Next? I still have a long journey ahead of me. While I fight for space, I must simultaneously recognize the space I take up . Being Asian, I have privileges that have been used to perpetuate racism and fabricate a racial hierarchy in America. Being East Asian, I have privileges that allow me to be represented and portrayed in the majority of the “Asian” experience, which tends to erase and marginalize other subgroups within the pan ethnic Asian narrative. I must continue to grapple with a history of colorism that persists in my own culture. I must continue to grapple with the concept of being Asian American not as a singular story but in a web of gender, sexuality, class, neurodiversity, generational trauma, and more. It’s a long journey ahead, but for now, I just want to focus on how far I’ve come. I no longer think “I’m not like other Asians .” ​ Stop Asian Hate, 2020 I Want to Be Like Other Asians I want to be like every other Asian because we’re all so cool, different, talented, inspiring, unique--and none of us are the same, and we can be hurtful, and we can be cruel, but we should be appreciated as human beings who encompass all these intersecting qualities. ​ I know many of us are at different stages with our identity. I still struggle. Oftentimes, I feel the creeping fear as I slowly lose my language, as I forget certain words on my tongue because I haven’t used them in a while, and because I’m no longer speaking Mandarin with my parents as often. I try to remind myself to hold onto my words, to play the 古筝 more often, to savor my parents' cooking. ​ Sometimes, I realize that my beliefs do not always align with some of the traditional Chinese values of our parents' generation. I realize I cannot deny their traumas and struggles that solidified their beliefs about conflict, social mobility, and equity. I realize I also cannot easily change their beliefs about mental health, gender, and sexuality. But I continue to have conversations to unpack, communicate, and translate. To understand them and have them understand me. ​ It's an honor to be Chinese American, but it takes effort and intentionality to exist within both the "Chinese" and "American" without losing one or the other. ​ That's the beautiful part of it as well. Leveled Up! 😊 For more info about me, check out: Art Portfolio Time Lapse Art Music Compositions My Dental Journey Music Arrangements Buy Artwork Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for art/music updates! Follow me on Spotify! Spotify

  • Time-lapse Art | Bree Zhang

    Time Lapse Tutorials Art Videos by Bree Zhang Time Lapse Digital Drawings Doggies at the Dental Office! Featuring Lulu and Olive, the comfort dogs at my dental office, the Dental Associates of Rhode Island, who make our office a welcoming home and help alleviate patient fear and anxiety! <3 ​ Olive and Tallulah were rescued from Little Rhody Rescue, a nonprofit dog rescue organization striving to find safe homes for neglected and underprivileged dogs. Olive and Tallulah have been with the DARI family since 2018, comforting patients in the office during dental appointments.⁣⁣ ​ India Point Park Whenever I walk down to India Point Park in Providence, RI, I am mesmerized by the quiet beauty held within the stillness of water, especially during the winter when snowy white seems to blend into the sky. It brings me back to an old dream that inspired my first oil painting in 2016, where I was sitting along the edge of a dock, staring out at an expanse of a frozen lake and a red forest laden in white snow. 5 years later in 2021, I am reflecting on that dream: both the feeling of loneliness that comes from being in your own thoughts and the feeling of calm contentment as I watch the birds that I am not alone right now. The red within me is all around me--if I only take the time to look. I'll Still be Painting I was inspired to make this piece after re-watching Howl’s Moving Castle. This artwork is an oath to myself to always be an artist, whether I’m 19 years old or 91 years old. After all, there’s something beautiful and powerful about art for all ages, not only functioning physiologically to improve neurologic mechanisms such as sensory-motor integration, abstraction, and eye-hand coordination, but also guiding identity formation, allowing us to express our inner thoughts, emotions, feelings and values, from facing fears and insecurities, to capturing moments of love and happiness, to exploring ourselves and the world around us. Even when I grow old and lose my physical capabilities, I hope to retain a youthful mind and a spirit of an artist, just as Sophie did in Howl’s Moving Castle :) Imagined City In this artwork, I crafted this city and its inhabitants without references, drawing random buildings and structures as I saw fit. I let the flow of my imagination guide my pen in a direction I had no idea where I'd end up, in the same way as the girl who lets her imagination take her away to a faraway place she yearns for. This piece is actually made in conjunction with a book I am currently working on, “The Nameless Novel’s Secret.” Thus, the artwork features elements and symbols of this novel, which will make sense as the plot unfolds and unravels. Digital Art Program: Clip Studio Paint. Video Recording Software: Cyberlink Powerdirector. Dancing in Snowflakes Inspired by Evgenia Medvedeva, I made this digital artwork, which is paired to the music I composed for my MFCYO orchestra. This video features a speedpaint time lapse of my entire process from a blank canvas to the finished product. For a more in-depth description and full score of the music, see here . ​ Digital Art Program: Clip Studio Paint. Video Recording Software: Cyberlink Powerdirector. Vincent Zhou Drawing This artwork is dedicated to Vincent Zhou, whom I feel a close connection to as an ABC and someone born in the year 2000, the year of the dragon. Overall, I'm inspired by his athleticism and intellect, and I wanted to convey it here in the power, strength, and resilience of the dragon, which represents his zodiac and mine. ​ Digital Art Program: Clip Studio Paint. Video Recording Software: Cyberlink Powerdirector. Tutorials The Power of Words A time lapse of my art process paired with a voiceover. For the full description of this artwork, see here . ​ Digital Art Program: Clip Studio Paint. Video Recording Software: Cyberlink Powerdirector. Music Background: "Always With Me" by Joe Hisaishi. https://youtu.be/LWzvzDCLFN4 For more info about me, check out: About Me Art Portfoio Music Compositions My Guzheng Story Music Arrangements Other Performances Follow my art instagram account at breez_art_ and deviant art account at bubba-bree for more updates!

  • Bree Zhang - Aspiring Artist, Musician, Dentist

    BREE ZHANG ABOUT ME BREE ZHANG Aspiring Artist, Musician, and Dentist ABOUT ME Spotify Watch my TedX Talk My Artwork To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. COMMISSIONS SEE MORE TIME LAPSE ART Sneak Peek Into My Portfolio Dreams These dreamscapes and imaginary lands are rendered spontaneously without any prior planning, sketching, or reference photos. Like lucid dreaming, I let go of.... read more Snapshots in Time The world as I see it is composed of snapshots of meaningful places, objects, and people that have emotional significance to me. I capture these... read more Social Commentary I investigate and confront inter-sectionalities of race, gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, from advocating for Asian solidarity to analyzing sexual violence... read more My Music Bree Zhang - "Daydreams" [Music Video] 古筝 Bree Zhang Play Video Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Now Playing Bree Zhang - "Daydreams" [Music Video] 古筝 05:58 Play Video Now Playing Bree Zhang - Senior Talent Show! 06:18 Play Video Now Playing Bree Zhang - "Growing Up" (Guzheng 古筝) 06:12 Play Video Now Playing Bree Zhang - Returning Home (Sinovision Teen Talent Competition Guzheng Performance) 06:00 Play Video Compositions See all my different compositions, ranging from guzheng solos to vocal and orchestral pieces. more Arrangements See my arranged guzheng pieces that include songs like "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" and other Chinese folk songs. more Traditional Songs See a wide range of traditional Chinese songs I have performed on the guzheng, both for solos and ensembles. more Check out my Guzheng Story My Dental Journey Answering: "Why Dentistry?" Merging Music & Art with Dentistry Researching and Publishing Advocating and Educating Miss Chinese Pageant See More Contact Me Thanks! Message sent. Send

  • Resume | Bree Zhang - Aspiring Artist, Musician, Dentist

    Dental & Healthcare Experience Leadership and Outreach Research Experience Teaching and Education Music Accolades Art Accolades Resume This information can also be found on my Linkedin . Education Brown University Pyschology Sc.B. GPA 3.97 Providence RI (Graduated with Honors) ​ Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) In Progress Dental Admissions Test: 27 Dental and Healthcare Experience Dental Associates of RI, Dental Assistant & Practice Coordinator Johnston RI (2021-2022) Provided quality chair-side assisting while spearheading new practice innovations: Integrated music therapy to reduce dental fear and anxiety. Transitioned practice to paperless operations to increase efficiency. Redesigned website, created graphics, optimized SEO. Implemented social media strategy, featuring therapy dogs, teambuilding and staff interactions, community-based involvement and partnerships, and patient engagement. ​ Mercer Oral Surgery, Surgical Assistant Hamilton NJ (Summer 2020) Chair-side assisted in oral and maxillofacial surgeries such as general anesthesia, bone grafts, implants, wisdom teeth extractions, biopsies, alveoloplasty by suctioning, irrigating, preparing sutures, retracting, and more. Sterilized and disinfected instruments and operating rooms, maintaining a clean environment during COVID-19. ​ Hunterdon Family Dental Care, Dental Assistant and Receptionist Lebanon NJ (2015-present) Provided quality care to patients through chair-side assisting, sterilizing and disinfecting operatories, preparing procedures like crowns, bridges, veneers, root canals, implants, Invisalign. Assisted in operating new CEREC 3D scanning and milling technology. Rebuilt new website , optimized SEO and rankings, redesigned office logo and PR, managed advertising and hiring campaigns. ​ Rhode Island Free Clinic, Dental Assistant Volunteer Providence RI (2019-2020) Volunteered in newly established dental clinic to provide service to uninsured low-income adults through chair-side assisting, sterilizing and disinfecting dental operatories, charting medical records and treatment plan options. ​ Rhode Island Hospital, Music Therapy Volunteer Providence RI (2019-2020) Performed palliative music for patients at the Cancer Center through the Hands Through Harmony Program and fostered creative expression in children coping with illness or injury by providing therapeutic arts and crafts. Leadership and Outreach Experience Columbia Dental Class of 2026, President New York, NY (2022-now) Supporting the Columbia Dental Class of 2026 by 1) meeting regularly with school administration and the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs to communicate class concerns 2) sending weekly emails to the Class of 2026 with resources, updates, events, announcements 3) organizing with members of class council representatives to ensure academic concerns, financial questions, social programming, and other class projects are going smoothly. Brown University Class of 2022, Co-President Providence RI (2018-2022) Planned class-wide events, focusing on inclusivity and accessibility to promote class spirit and unity, sustaining traditions while creating new ones that represent the ever-changing student demographic. Also served as resource channel for academic, social, and extracurricular support for students during the virtual semester. Planned Senior Week and will be responsible for planning Brown Class of 2022 five year reunion. ​ Brown University Pre-dental Society, President Providence RI (2018-2022) Spearheaded the “Oral Health for the Elderly” initiative to provide oral hygiene training sessions to caretakers at nursing homes, working with the Oral Health Program at RI Department of Health. Organized community service RI Mission of Mercy, inter-school conferences, and panels inviting dental students and dentists to inspire pre-dentals. Brown University First-Year Experience, Orientation Leader Providence RI (2019-2022) Mentored groups of first-years by providing the guidance on academics, extracurriculars, and social life needed to successfully adapt to the University & the student community. Planned and executed fun, active social programming. Research Experience Harvard School of Dental Medicine Global Health Starter Kit Author Boston MA (2021-present) Working with Dr. Seymour, Global Health Discipline Director at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, to spearhead the development of two new modules "COVID-19: Global Lessons for a Global Profession" and “Global Health for Pre-dental Students,” within Harvard School of Dental Medicine's Global Health Starter Kit, a competency-based global health ‘starter’ curriculum designed for dental educators and students. View the previous five modules here . ​ Bottle-Feeding Case Study Research, Second Main-Writer Annandale NJ (2017-2018) Studied anterior crossbite correction through bottle-feeding under Dr. Zhu and Dr. Rosivack at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Contacted hospitals, collected data, obtained reference photos, generated diagrams, wrote and revised drafts of published case report “Early Correction of Anterior Crossbite Through Bottle Feeding.” Sobel Causality and Mind Lab, Research Assistant Providence RI (2020-2022) Investigating children’s reasoning and social cognition by designing and drawing digital storyboards for experiments, coding, transcribing, and interpreting data, creating graphics and diagrams for research papers with photoshop and powerpoint. Conducted independent study and designed an experiment from scratch to study praise's effects on children's motivation, which became part of Senior Thesis. ​ Harvard School of Dental Medicine ASDA, Dental Advocacy Fellow Boston MA (2020-present) Researching links between oral and mental health such as eating disorders and depression, creating educational materials on ways for HSDM students to get involved in community-based dental clinics, spearheading project on children’s oral health education to increase accessibility for families with language barriers and poor internet access. Education and Teaching Experience PrincetoNow Education Services Inc., Senior Essay Specialist Princeton NJ (2018-present) Guided students in developing, editing, and polishing application essays. Interviewed students about talents and interests, helped formulate extracurricular activities and career goals. Provided mock interviews. Children’s Medical Foundation, Fellowship Associate Summer Intern Hong Kong, China (2019) Implemented and executed CMF 2019 Social Impact Fellowship through curriculum and logistical development. Generated and managed communications and social media strategy through platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Salesforce. Designed promotional material, signage, and invitations for branding and marketing. Huaxia Bridgewater Chinese School, Guzheng Class Co-Founder and Teacher Bridgewater NJ (2014-2018) Co-founded the first guzheng (21-stringed Chinese harp) class at Huaxia Chinese school for children age 6-13. Led students to perform in Bridgewater Rehabilitation Center, Somerville Heritage Festival, Patriots Baseball Stadium. Music Accolades Performance Locations Carnegie Hall (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) The First Baptist Church in America (2022) Metropolitan Museum of Art (2015, 2016) McCarter Theater (2015) Drew University (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) New Jersey Performing Arts Center (2019) Westminster Choir College (2016, 2017) Rutgers Nicholas Center (2014, 2018) Awards and Honors Gold Prize, Sinovision Television Teen's Talent Competition (2017) ​ Self-composition "Journey" and "Dancing in Snowflakes" performed by MFCYO Orchestra at Drew University (2017-2018) ​ 4th Place, Central China TV Talent Competition (2017) ​ Grand Prize, National League of Performing Arts Young Musician's Showcase Competition (2015) ​ 1st Place, Princeton International Chinese Music Competition Award (2014) ​ 1st Place, New Jersey Music Teacher's Association Young Musician's Competition (2014-2016) ​ ​ Art Accolades Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs "Time Capsule" Exhibit (2021) ​ Brown University Science Center Annual Art Exhibit "Exploration" (2019) ​ Winner, International Fund for Animal Welfare Competition U.S. Winner: selected for publication in the yearly calendar (2016) ​ 2nd Place, National Arts Program Competition Rutgers (2018) ​ Celebrating Art Publication (2015-2017) ​ Selected in Hunterdon Art Museum Young Artists Showcase​ (2018) ​ Selected for Participation in Congressional Art Competition (2018) Skills Fluent in Mandarin (writing, reading, speaking) Digital art (Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint)Music composition and mixing (Studio One 3, Musescore), Filmmaking and Video Editing (Adobe Premiere), Excel and Powerpoint For more info about me, check out: Art Portfolio Time Lapse Art Music Compositions My Guzheng Story My Dental Journey My Asian Identity

  • Miss Chinese Pageant | Bree Zhang

    Miss Chinese Pageant Overview In summer 2018, I was selected as one of the 13 Finalists for Miss Chinese Pageant among hundreds of applicants. The pageant involved three months of training, a tour in San Fransisco, a talent show in Sand Castle, NY, a jewelry show in Flushing, NY, and the final show at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. My accomplishments in the Pageant include: ​ Winner of the Laihing Jewelry Show 2018: I won the best jewelry presentation award, which included: 14 karat gold necklace and the chance to wear and present the most expensive jewelry in the store, a Forever Mark diamond set more than 1 million dollars. ​ Miss Best Talent 2018: During the talent show, I made it into the Top Five Talent with guzheng and won the Group Talent Award with live acrylic painting. During the final show, I performed on the guzheng, a 21-stringed Chinese Harp, playing a self composition I wrote for my grandmother while featuring my digital art paintings on the large screen background. ​ Miss Second Runner-up 2018: I placed 3rd place overall at the Final Show in Mohegan Sun, which included several segments: evening gown, swimsuit and Q&A, Qipao walk, and the final five Q&A. ​ Pictures San Fransisco Tour Day 1: Napa Valley and Newton Vineyard Day 2: Palace of Fine Arts Day 3 and 4: City Hall and Golden Gate Bridge Talent Show Laihing Jewelry Show Final Show at Mohegan Sun Fashion Show Evening Gown Talent (Guzheng Performance) Qipao and Final Awards For more about Miss Chinese Pageant, you may follow them on social media! Website Facebook Instagram For more info about me, check out: About Me Time Lapse Art Artwork My Guzheng Story Music Compositions Other Performances Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more updates!