Mahatma Gandhi once said “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” My experiences with community service and extracurricular activities throughout high school and at the University of Georgia have not only allowed me to establish a greater compassion for people, but have also contributed to my many strengths. During high school, I was actively involved with several tutoring programs offered for elementary and high school students. Many of these students were not native English speakers, and, since I have been speaking Spanish and Farsi from an early age, I could effectively communicate and help these students progress in their classes. It truly inspired me to see students who struggled with their studies dramatically improve both in their classes and with their English speaking capabilities. Besides assisting students with their English, I also served as a mentor to a high school freshman who had a lot of trouble learning Spanish. Towards the end of the semester, her confidence grew tremendously and she went from failing to achieving a B in the course. My tutoring experience has been in math, science, reading/writing, and foreign language (specifically Spanish) for K-12 students, and I’m eager to make a positive impact while helping students develop excellent study skills and achieving academic goals. Due to the amount of service I have dedicated towards academically helping others, I realize that education will play an important role in my future career. I find it rewarding that my work with people had improved the lives of these individuals.
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