The terms ‘teacher’ and ‘mentor’ are often used interchangeably. It is taken for granted that there is a key component that sets them apart. That component is simply: perspective. Teachers provide knowledge and skills, whilst mentors provide a lens through which a mentee can understand how to apply the knowledge they have gained. There are various accreditations and certifications necessary to become a teacher; yet mentors call upon life experiences to help mentees on a more intrinsic level. This key difference necessitates mentors to make strong personal connections with their mentees, calling upon knowledge learned from different aspects of life. Unlike specialized teaching, this can include but is not limited to various areas of subject knowledge. In other words, teachers teach exclusively while mentors teach inclusively.
If we see the two—teacher and mentor—as opposite ends of a spectrum, I posit a tutor must fall somewhere in the middle. Tutors must possess not only the skills and qualifications, but also the personality and experience(s) necessary to connect with their clients—to mentor them to be better achievers while simultaneously teaching them to be masters of their subject(s)— which is why I am the best candidate for a tutor. I have worked as a mentor and tutor with children and youth varying from ages 5 to 18 in settings ranging from inner city after school programs to orphanages and refugee camps in developing countries. As disclosed in my resume, my extensive undergraduate career has given me a wealth of experience and knowledge. These, along with my qualifications, make me the most effective tutor in reading and writing.
Because academic writing requires research and citation, critical reading, reading comprehension and writing skills are symbiotic. My exceptional writing and reading skills have contributed to my high graduating grade point average and Magna Cum Laude status. Besides rarely receiving lower than a B+ on all of my community college writing assignments, receiving tutoring for my University of California personal statements strengthened my writing skills. Once at UCI, I studied abroad for a year at the University of Ghana (British style of Education) and a semester at Kings College in London, where reading and writing skills are more integral to success in the than in America. Therefore passing my courses with such high marks required said skills to be solidified.
Throughout the yearlong application process for the Fulbright Fellowship, I worked with a writing specialist(s) and various mentors to produce a grant proposal and personal statement strong enough to assist me in achieving finalist status for the most competitive Fulbright award. Over the course of my final year at UCI, I conducted undergraduate research for a yearlong Advanced Field Study course, and my final paper and project received an award of distinction for the School of Social Ecology, among many other significant writing achievements.
On a personal note, I would say I am a lot of fun. During the course of my undergraduate career I travelled to 16 countries where I immersed myself in different cultures. Besides many amazing stories, this has helped me to become a more adaptable personality. I have taught Sahaja Yoga Meditation to thousands of people around the world. In my free time I sing, do yoga and calisthenics, and work on my uncle's farm outside of Madison. I am also a photographer, poet, and writer. I have a thirst for new experiences and embrace change. I look forward to sharing my skills, knowledge, and experience with someone in need!
University of California Irvine - Bachelors, Social Ecology