A specific experience was when I helped two students write an essay for a competitive program, and they both got in. It felt good to be a part of a program with students who truly want to learn and get ahead in life. What I gained from STEP was insight from the students and meeting the diverse group of tutors. Getting to know and interacting with the students helped me remember what it was like to be their age. It helped me remember my goals and why I wanted to achieve them.
Some of these students have had interesting experiences in life and were happy to share them with me. It helped me step out of my college life bubble and learn much more. I was also fortunate enough to meet some interesting tutors. I can’t remember the last job I had where people made an effort to hang out after hours and have fun together. The tutors are more than just colleagues who acknowledge each other until they punch the clock. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with them a few times and can honestly say it was a lot of fun. After a semester of being a part of STEP, I can say that I have formed friendships that I hope will last past graduation.