Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in becoming a mentor for BranchOut!:
At the beginning of my freshman year, I struggled with some of my classes. High school was completely different from middle school, and it was difficult to adjust to such a large change. Fortunately, I met two kind upperclassmen, who helped me not only cope with the academic stress of TJ, but also life outside of school. Even though they have both now graduated, I still stay in contact with them and will remember their help forever.
The two of them inspired me to be a teacher aide for one of TJ’s summer classes; as a rising junior, I felt that I should give back to the TJ community after upperclassmen had helped me so much. Being a TA helped me realize why others had been so helpful towards me. Even though it was difficult for me to explain complex concepts to students at times, their joy once they finally understood always made me smile. Over my five weeks as a TA, I made personal connections with my students and watched each student’s confidence grow. I felt so proud that I had been able to help them.
I hope that I can continue to help others as a BranchOut! mentor.