At first going into this program I was very introverted and I would only approach students if I was told to do so or if they came up to me. It took me a while, but I was eventually able to go up to students and my fellow STEP staff members without being nervous. Being a part of this program, I was pushed to take on a leadership role and it has helped me to grow in many ways. I was given the opportunity to help students with their homework, help them write papers,or just talk to them and create new friendships. I was also able to talk to them about some of my college experiences which hopefully will help them when they are applying to colleges.
This semester as a volunteer has made me more confident that I am going in the right direction with my career goals. I am currently a math major and hope to one day be a high school teacher. This was the perfect way for me to get my foot in the door and experience working with high school youth.
Not only has working with STEP this semester helped me academically, but it has also helped me to grow as a person. I was given the opportunity to form many new relationships between myself and the other members of the staff alongside which I worked. I was able to get to know them even outside of the work environment on a few occasions. This semester has been extremely rewarding, being able to tutor students as well as learn from them and others around me. I will use this experience to help me move forward and mature into a stronger and better version of myself.