Cal State University Northridge CA (Sociology)
Holy Names University (Graduate Coursework)
Continuously seeking new opportunities to help people academically and personally, I've attained a passion for helping kids and adults in writing, English proficiency, grammar, math, and more importantly, life skills.
The eldest of four, I have led my siblings to college-oriented careers. I have much experience not only tutoring students of all ages (from Elementary to College), but I've also completed extensive training in life-skill building and creating action plans for life's short-term and long-term goals, both personal and academic. Starting from elementary, I have participated in programs that improved reading and writing skills, and currently, I facilitate several classroom-size workshops and lessons for both personal and academic growth. I've worked in numerous after-school programs ranging educational levels from middle to college students.
With my special interest in working with "at-risk" youth and ESL students, I have learned that the most gratifying and humbling feeling from mentoring individuals is helping others achieve their educational and personal goals. The best reward of it all is witnessing the bright light bulb glow and the passion in their eyes.
My short term goals are to finish my masters program in Counseling Psychology and to be fluent in data collecting as a Behavioral Therapist. My long-term goal is to work with a range of clients in positive psychology based therapy as well as become a middle school counselor and educator.
My passion is helping others in their educational and well-being goals. Education and awareness are the solutions to ending the social problems we face today, such as poverty and the increase of diagnosed mental illnesses. I also believe in the power of human connection; in order to learn, one must have that special connection with the person who they are learning from. Mentoring and showing by example is one of the ways that I try to help someone else build a brighter, more optimistic, educational future! Continuously seeking new opportunities to help people academically and personally, I've attained a passion for helping kids and adults in writing, English proficiency, … Read more
My son seems to be more and more comfortable with Alyssa which certainly helps in getting the most out of his lessons!
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As a peer mentor at Cal State Northridge, I was trained to create action plans for students that related to college-oriented goals, such as teaching students how to research college options as well as how to register for FAFSA. My group and I have led numerous informational workshops for several after-school cites and continuation schools in the San Fernando Valley, discussing the benefits of college with facts, statistics, as well as personal and positive accounts of our college careers.
As a Sociology Major, I have taken several criminology classes that enhanced my background knowledge of the justice system and the social implications of laws, practices, and public policies relating to persecution. I was also involved in an internship with LAPD supervisors, working on the side of police officers by implementing cite rules and regulations for after-school programs.
At Cal State Northridge, I have taken two Communications classes that concentrated on public speaking skills and theory. Also, as a member of my Sorority, I have taken numerous offices where public speaking in front of meetings and other schools were necessary and practiced weekly.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Sociology at Cal State University of Northridge in December 2012. In college, I took a plethora of sociology classes: from Sex and Gender, to Organizations Theory, and to Sociological Theory. I have an extensive and detailed knowledge of Sociological theory, as well as a conceptualization of Research and Methods. I have written several research papers and thesis papers based on Sociological research, method, and the employment of theory.
I played softball from the ages of 9 to 17 years old. I started playing softball in the Bobby Sox league, and was named to the All-Star team. I played softball again when I was 14 on the Varsity team of my high school. Starting 2nd basemen, I played on Varsity until I graduated High School. I have received numerous awards, such as "Most Improved Player" my freshman year, and was Team Captain my senior year.
As a graduate from Holy Names High School, a College-prepatory school in Oakland, I have learned extensively different ways of how to study, effective study habits, goals, and relaxation methods of studying. As a tutor, mentor, and community service teacher, not only were subjects tutored and practiced, but I have reestablished students with effective reading skills, time management skills, goal-oriented action plans and to-do lists, as well as relaxation and patience methods for those long frustrating days of studying!