Well, why do I want to help students?
That’s something I’ve asked myself many times in the last few years. After a lot of philosophizing, analyzing, and questioning, I’ve come up with one solve-all answer/question: Why would I do anything else?
Everything I love about life, humanity, and this crazy, interesting world we live in is involved in teaching: learning, changing, growing, overcoming, socializing, caring, and helping. Teachers do all seven every day for multiple classes! And not only do they do all seven every day, their students do, too!
If students are our future, then classrooms are one of society’s most important training grounds. Sure, parents play a role in socializing and teaching their kids, but they can’t replicate society-at-large like a school can, nor do they have the time to teach their children all the lessons we’ve learned as a people. That’s where history comes in.
So you know why I want to tutor, now what subjects am I good at? Well, that's not such a easy question to answer, I stayed in college for nine years trying to figure out my educational path and after all that time simply fell in love with History, Sociology, Criminology, and Linguistics.
History, contrary to what Winston Churchill said, isn’t “just one dang thing after another,” its LIFE. It’s everything we’ve ever done. Math has a history, science has a history, English has a history, foreign languages have histories, every single thing on this earth, in our galaxy, and in the universe has a history. I want to convey that to students. More importantly, I think I can convey that to students that may be struggling with complex topics.
When I was in high school I had lots of teachers that couldn’t convey the day’s lunch menu, much less a lesson about the American Revolution or the Progressive Era. I also had some teachers who were great at conveying not only history lessons, but also life lessons (and lunch menus). They brought the two together in ways that allowed me to see that the past, the future, and life in general were all one in the same. As William Faulkner said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” I know that’s true and I’m going to convince my future students of the same thing. I think they’ll be better for it and I think our country and our world will be, too.
I love the study of people and discovering why people have developed based on internal and external factors. I originally went into college with a desire to get a degree in sociology, and although I completed that goal, it wasn't enough. I now want to teach and help others what I have learned. I have traveled to places like Ghana, and London expanding my knowledge and I truly believe these experiences can help me help students.
I look forward to exploring this new journey of tutoring, and hope you come along with me.
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