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Alastair

I am a rising sophomore at Columbia University in the City of New York, a member of the Ivy League, where I have compiled a track record of academic success across a variety of disciplines including my majors in History and Political Science. I currently maintain a 3.96 GPA, with especially strong success in social science related fields and English courses. I am living in our Writers House next year, a selective, competitive residential space for students interested in a career in writing.

I am extremely passionate about the process of learning - the philosophy of teaching, the value of academic discussion, the development of a true appreciation for the classroom and for intellectual advancement. I believe my track record as a successful student - as someone who has had a strong first year in the Ivy League, who is currently researching with two professors, and who has prior tutoring experience - displays my profound desire to learn and to help others learn. I have a strong standardized testing record which complements the skills and motivation I have to teach.

In my spare time, I am constantly trying to help myself acquire new skills and to expand my intellectual foundation, whether that be through reading novels, learning languages or perusing academic journals. I know firsthand how valuable tutoring is, as it was crucial in helping me develop an Ivy League-caliber course load before I applied to college. A tutor helped me pass an entrance exam I had initially failed to gain acceptance to the right level of high school mathematics. I hope to pass this forward and help other students realize the kind of success I have experienced.

Ultimately, I see myself in academia, and working for Varsity Tutors is an experience I am using to help me explore my passion for education.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Columbia University in the City of New York - BA, History

SAT Composite: 2340

SAT Math: 740

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 800

Creative Writing, Russian Literature, Spanish Language

AP US History

College English

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History