I became a writing tutor at the CLAS at the end of my sophomore year, when one of my English professors recommended me for the role. I was just getting acclimated to college life, had just picked up my English major, and had no teaching experience; so needless to say I was hesitant to apply. But looking back on it now, becoming a writing tutor was one of the best decisions I’ve made at Suffolk. Writing tutoring isn’t about being the grammar police; it’s been the most rewarding, challenging, and enlightening work experience I’ve had. I’ve learned just as much from my tutees as they have from me and I’ve had the opportunity to work with such bright, awesome students who approach learning from so many different perspectives.
I’ve not only loved tutoring itself, but one of the best parts of my job has been being a part of the CLAS community. The CLAS has changed a lot over the years, but what hasn’t changed is its devotion to helping students. There’s just some things that you only understand if you’re a tutor (especially when you’re like Sydney Fonseca and me, who can basically read each other’s tutor minds after 3 years of working together). My supervisors and fellow tutors have encouraged and supported me throughout my time here, and I could not thank them enough. I feel very fortunate to have worked with people who truly care about students, and want to help their Suffolk experience be the best it can be.
So, to conclude my last blog post, I want to encourage you to make use of the CLAS no matter where you are in your Suffolk journey. Coming in for a 30 minute tutoring appointment could make that stats exam just a little less scary, or becoming a tutor just might help you stumble upon a passion for education, like it did for me. Thank you so much for reading my posts for the last 3 years, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for the CLAS blog. Wishing you all the best of luck with finals and beyond!