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Tutor Responses: Mary

CCS asked some of our volunteer tutors a few questions about their tutees and their overall experience. Here is what they had to say:


CCS: What was one highlight of tutoring last semester? 

Mary: The main highlight for me was seeing (my tutee) Pauline’s confidence in the subject grow. She moved from being timid and shy about what she knew to being self-reliant and assured that she was correct. I was consistently impressed by her growth and motivation.

CCS: What did your student accomplish that you both felt really good about?

Mary: We both felt really great about Pauline’s ability to tackle difficult problem. We consistently focused on solving a problem in multiple ways to check her work. Seeing her intuition grow was really encouraging and exciting for both of us.

 

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Tutor Responses: Blaire

CCS asked some of our volunteer tutors a few questions about their tutees and their overall experience. Here is what they had to say:


CCS: What was one highlight of tutoring last semester? 

Blaire: One highlight of tutoring last semester was getting to know Irma [my tutee] better as a person. She’s full of energy and passion and it was really great to get to know that side of her as well as her fun, silly side. I really enjoyed spending a few hours with her each week. She worked hard but also made it fun and enjoyable for me as a tutor!

CCS: What did your student accomplish that you both felt really good about?

Blaire: I’m really proud of all the hard work that Irma put into her biology coursework. Whenever she received a grade that she wasn’t satisfied with she didn’t let it get her down and she kept working until she understood the material. While it’s her work ethic and not necessarily her grade that I’m proud of, the fact that she pulled her grade up 3 letters by the end of the semester is a wonderful testament to her dedication and diligence.

Tutor Responses: Somaliyah

CCS asked some of our volunteer tutors a few questions about their tutees and their overall experience. Here is what they had to say:


CCS: What was one highlight of tutoring last semester? 

Somaliyah: One highlight for me personally occurred when we were filling out questions on [my tutee, Hyreya’s] college application. It asked her to list her top 3 qualities and why. Her second quality was loyalty, and when I asked her why, she took a moment; bowed her head and folded her hands in prayer, summoning the right words, and said that it was the basis of her relationships with people. I thought it was so touching that the answers to these perfunctory application questions were being answered from the heart and with such care.

CCS: What did your student accomplish that you both felt really good about?

Somaliyah: Hyreya told me just a couple weeks before her college essay was due that she didn’t like the essay topic that we had been working on all semester. It took a lot of courage for her to tell me that and I appreciated her honesty. I told her if she didn’t like it anymore, then we would scrap it and work extra hard on submitting something that she could be proud of in the time remaining. It worked and she wrote an essay that was even better in a fraction of the time because she felt more connected to the topic and had already familiarized herself with the college essay writing process. It showed a lot of integrity and I was really proud of her.

Saby, City Links 2014-2015

Saby Samedy

“My name is Saby. I’m from Haiti.  I’m 16 years old and I moved in the US in October 2012.  Moving here was both a great and a tough experience.  It was a great experience because I had the opportunity to discover a new place, meet new people, and learn about a new culture.  I also had a tough experience because  I had to learn a foreign language, I had to learn a new culture, and most importantly I had to live there.  I had to leave my family, my friends, and my country behind.  It was a hard decision but it  had to be made.  I have now been living in Cambridge for two years.  I enjoy playing volleyball and tennis and I love reading.  For the future, I plan on on going to a four year college and earn my masters to be a doctor.  My expectations towards the City Links program are to have a mentor that will help me and advice me, and also for this program to help me spread my wings.”

Roan, City Links 2014-2015

Roan Farsab“My name is Roan. I’m respectful, kind, quick, helpful, serious, friendly, lovely, intelligent, clean, wonderful.   I would like to be part of City Links because I would like to have a lot of friends.  Also I would like to have good  experience that will help on my future.  Furthermore I would like to have a mentor that can go with me to all of colleges around me.

I’m from Sudan.  I moved to the U.S.A on August 1 2013.  I had been living in Cambridge about 1 year and 2 month.  My plan for my future is to go to MIT with scholarship from CRLS to be an engineer.  I hope that my dream will become real.

Rima, City Links 2014-2015

Rima Begun 2“I came to US in 2011. I was really excited about that but when I first came to US it was really different. I have been living in the U.S. for 3 years and 9 months. I was in Michigan for 1 year. Then in 2012 I moved to Cambridge MA and I have been living in Cambridge for two years. On my free time I like to watch TV. I’m interested in working with kids. After high school I want to go to a college. I want to became a teacher so I can work with little kids. My expectations of City Links is that I will have opportunities to do work with kids, and meet new people become a great person in life. I want to achieve a scholarship.