EducationSenior English major at Smith College
ExperienceI want to be a tutor primarily because I find I have a little extra time this year, and I wanted to use it in a constructive way. I am interested in tutoring because I enjoy working with children and I remember how helpful one-on-one lessons were for me when I was younger. I am applying to the Peace Corps and WorldTeach for when I graduate from Smith, and I know that getting some experience now will definitely help. I haven't made a concentration in my English major because I wanted to explore different aspects of both the literature and language sides of classes here. I'm glad I did this because it has really piqued my interest in the evolution of the language mechanics--something I am particularly interested in as English becomes more global. On a more personal level, I find it so interesting because I didn't get any grammar training in school until I elected to study Latin in high school! I do believe it was my Latin training that encouraged me to studying English more seriously. My writing skills have improved immensely since being at Smith, both formal and creative. What I like to stress about language is that once we can get over how confusing and specific the rules are, they really give us so much freedom of expression--being grammatically correct doesn't mean being formal and uptight! If we know how to use something properly, we can also learn how to manipulate it creatively to convey anything we wish, however we wish.
HobbiesI am pretty easygoing--I have no problem finding ways to amuse myself! I love hiking and biking, but I am also a homebody. I am an avid reader, I love writing, baking and crafting (crocheting, sewing, making jewelry, &c)--anything to keep my hands busy!
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