As a young child with a stutter and a difficulty in reading, I was never one to seek prominence, but instead favored dwelling ever so slightly within the shadows of obscurity. While throughout the years I was able to prove myself differently, diligently striving to achieve my potential, working my way to the top of my class, I still retain an unbroken remnant of my past self. I continue to push forward, driven, at least in part, by a thirst to prove myself. As such, I harbor a deep, personal understanding of that feeling of supposed failure and embarrassment that all too often overwhelms students and, thus, I could never look down upon and scoff at a child's attempt at learning.
Ever since I attended high school, I have relished the opportunities to help out anyone with their school work. From spending time in after-school sessions helping classmates in Italian to privately tutoring middle school-aged students in Math, I did my best to assist those that were willing to learn, but for one reason or another, simply had difficulties grasping certain topics. To be able to learn a concept and then modify, twist, and transform the ideas in such a way that others can also understand is truly gratifying. One of my proudest moments in life will always stay with me: tutoring fellow seniors in high school for a New York State English Exam and discovering that every single one of them passed and were able to graduate. There are few greater honors than witnessing firsthand the smile on a student's face after he or she absorbs information and finally comprehends a subject.
Before graduating summa cum laude from Brandeis in May of 2011 with a B.S. in Biology, I was fortunate enough to have the chance to be a Teaching Assistant (TA) for both Honors Organic Chemistry as well as Introductory Biochemistry. I look forward to future tutoring/teaching opportunities, helping younger children develop an interest in the math and sciences.
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