I am an adult student working on my master's degree, and I would love to be able to help other students, regardless of age. I first attended college as an music education major but eventually dropped out because I didn't want to be there and wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life. I absolutely understand that feeling of being overwhelmed and even unmotivated. While I didn't do well and didn't complete the degree, my experience there definitely helped me as I entered the workforce.
One of the jobs I later held was as an emergency medical technician; as a result I also volunteered for my local fire and rescue, where I taught CPR classes and was co-director of our student rescue program for high school students. At the age of thirty, I enrolled in community college and took a variety of subjects, ultimately concentrating on sociology and history. While there I also helped tutor students in the ESL program and participated in a mentoring program with local fourth graders.
After earning my A.A., I transferred to a four-year college and completed my B.A. in American studies, with the bulk of my courses in American and African-American history. While working as a research assistant for a history professor, I edited a draft of one of her books. I then spent a semester as a substitute teacher in my hometown, where I subbed in the middle school and high school in music, English, math, science, and special education courses.
I am now working on my M.A. in history. For five semesters, I was a graduate teaching assistant, where I was responsible for teaching individual sections of undergraduate courses and the grading of assignments. I held regular office hours, where I offered additional guidance to students, both for their history course and in general study skills. I was recently hired to be an on-call history tutor on campus.
My strengths are in English and history, which have always been my best subjects. While I am now a bit rusty in music, I still have my clarinet, alto sax, and bassoon and would love to get back into that. I would be happy to work with students on specific coursework or on becoming stronger students in general.
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