One day in college, my favorite professor approached me at my desk. She spoke in a hoarse whisper.
"I need your help today. Will you please teach the class for me?"
Who, me? I looked around at my fellow students, who were getting seated and unpacking their notebooks. This was hands-down my favorite class of the semester, an expository writing class. But...me? Teach?
"Laryngitis," she croaked, pointing at her throat. She flashed a grin of confidence and leaned in closer. "Can I count on you? I know you can do it!"
Looking back, that afternoon changed the course of my life. I don't remember how that class went, but I do remember that it lit a serious spark in my spirit. I started work as a tutor almost immediately, at first working in the National Center on Deafness (NCOD), which was located on my campus, which was California State University, Northridge.
I also met with that professor to discuss the possibility of getting a teaching assistantship. With her encouragement, I applied and began teaching my own English comp classes as I completed my Master's in English.
I've had a lot of jobs over the years, but tutoring has always been my very favorite one. As a lifetime learner, I adore sharing the passion for learning with others. Who knew how my teacher's temporary laryngitis would permanently affect my life!