Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in becoming a mentor for BranchOut!:
I am an eighth grader in Takoma Park Middle School’s STEM Magnet Program and love reading in my pastime. I also enjoy studying math on my own, and play the alto saxophone. I played clarinet in fourth grade, and played piano for two years. For band and small ensembles, I arrange music written by well known composers, or record notes based on the tune to a song we like and add harmonies. Composing jazz and pentatonic music is another of my hobbies.
I was offered my current tutoring opportunity by my Spanish teacher, and it has been a great experience. As the philosopher Seneca says, “While we teach, we learn.” By teaching other students what I had learned, I am reviewing the material to see if I understand what I was taught. If I can reteach the information to another such that they can understand and practice the topics, it means that I have mastered the material. Tutoring also increases communication skills; if a student does not understand something, different methods are needed to explain a concept and clarify what we mean. Mentoring other learners will help me learn more about myself and better understand the concepts.