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Tutoring ignited my love for teaching

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!

Comments

What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. Tutoring is certainly a joy and a blessing.
Isn't it wonderful how life often nudges us into our optimum direction? Thanks for the encouraging story.

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Suzanne A.

This English teacher and published writer helps students excel

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