I am going into my fourth year of undergraduate studies at Wisconsin Lutheran College - a private institution in Milwaukee. I am double majoring in Nursing and Psychology, and, of course, I am minoring in Mathematics.
Although I am a U.S. citizen legally and ethnically, I was born and raised in a small African country called Malawi. My family has been living there for 24 years; one-by-one my siblings are moving to the U.S. for school and work. We were privileged to receive private international schooling from grade-school through high-school while we were there. The last school I attended boasted students from 54 different nations.
The environment that I was raised in was saturated in diversity, and was significant in shaping my personality and life perspective. While in college, it is neat to study psychology and understand how my upbringing affects me today. Children who are raised in such a quickly changing and diverse environment often find themselves attracted to outside-of-the-box perspectives. Their perspective taking abilities allow them to problem solve effectively and empathize with others. They are adaptable, personable and confident. Although I cannot boast to be all these things, on a good day they describe my strengths.
Tutoring is a great way to be exposed to other perspectives. Learning how other people think is a difficult but fascinating process; I am convinced everyone is unique and should be treated as such. Mathematics fulfills my need to always be problem solving. When helping with subjects such as math, the tutor has to work right alongside the student - we have no idea what the answer is, either. Although this is sometimes challenging, it is rewarding to get to the end of a problem and understand how to get there again!