It's true. I really do hate math, and have since time immemorial. We're just... not friends. It's not something that has ever come naturally to me.
"Well, wait a minute here. Aren't you primarily a math tutor??" You might be thinking this right about now, and if you're not, you should be. Because, yes, I am in fact primarily a math tutor, and have enjoyed a fair amount of success with my students. Clearly, this presents something of a conflict of interest with the previous statement.
The truth is, I tutor math BECAUSE I hate math. Here's my logic: I know what it's like. I know how it feels to (seemingly) be the only one to "not get it." I remember, all too clearly, late nights, tears, and lowered self-esteem over not feeling intelligent because of math assignments. And now, in adulthood, having gone up through Calculus II in college, I realize I CAN do it, I just didn't THINK I could. I didn't feel like I measured up, but it was just...
At school there will always be pressure to conform, but the student who stands out as a leader is the one who not only knows him or herself completely and is comfortable in that knowing, but is also courageous enough to set a standard of behavior by good example. My beautiful blonde niece goes to a snobby school, but instead of being in a clique, she gravitates toward the shy underdog. Now she is seen as a leader, one who is compassionate and helpful. Now the popular kids gravitate to
her! So take time to know and like yourself, and to see yourself as a leader, not a follower.
Did you know I don't just tutor in my spare time?
I am also a princess party host!
You're probably wondering what that is.
Long story short? I visit parties and other events in character as Rapunzel. I either run the party while I'm there or just hang out as part of the festivities. Of course, at all times I remain in character as the princess Rapunzel - long hair and all. It's great fun!
Part of why I do this is because I believe every girl is a princess! It doesn't matter what she wears or where she's from.
The other reason is that dressing up never stops being fun.
When I lived in Utah, I worked with Pirate and Princess Parties of Utah. Now that I have moved to NOLA, I am pleased to say I've gone into business for myself doing freelance parties. And I have good news... I have officially booked my first freelance party since arriving in Louisiana!
Happy studying and happy tutoring!