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Clint (the Writing Center Director and my Professor here at Salt Lake Community College) asked me to share my plans for volunteering this Fall. I’ll be working for the Community Writing Center’s Teens Write Program and most likely be with someone who is not fluent in English to help them express themselves: I’m a little apprehensive. I suppose it’s because I don’t really know what to expect other than the academic world I’ve grown accustomed to.
What have you done to adapt to a new mentoring situation? Any suggestions for writing-ice-breakers (like a game?)
I want to do this because it’s a way to give someone something someone gave me: opportunity. Choosing to work at the writing center has been the best decision I’ve made in college. I’m grateful for the position. I’m grateful that people saw potential in me and gave me an opportunity to utilize it.
As a final thought, an instructor told me about why tutors are needed, why we’re important. She said that “you’re not just helping students learn how to write [or learn a subject], you’re [we’re] helping them graduate from college.” For me, that put tutoring in a different perspective; I hope you also realize how important your role is, that people need you.
Thanks in advance for any and all advice (I've got one: READ THE MANUAL.)