It was suggested to me by my previous academic advisor (since I’m now officially a psych major, I just met my new one this week) that I should take Civic Engagement and consider getting a certificate because of my interest in helping people. Since I couldn’t take spanish this semester I decided using the logic that goes along the lines of “aw, what harm could it do?” Turns out it doesn’t do any damage, but it doesn’t really help me academically. I’m trying to see the good in it, and I’ve just in the past couple of weeks started to enjoy my community service project.
Here is a little run-down of the project. I volunteer to tutor once a week at East High School, the city’s most diverse school with an ELL program. The tutoring is focused mostly on helping kids who come from other countries, or whose parents immigrated from somewhere else. Many of them have trouble reading in English, but they are super smart. Some of them are even learning Japanese on top of English and their native language I’m not sure I would be up for the challenge if I suddenly moved to France or somewhere and was expected to be immersed in French-speaking classes! I think this experience will not only be a positive addition to my résumé, but will actually be a very good cultural learning experience for me and good practice for whatever I end up using my psychology degree for.
I took these photos during my time there today. I couldn’t include faces in the photos because they may be used for promotion of the program, but here is what an average session entails.