I was born and raised in Battle Creek, a small city in Southwest Michigan that is synonymous with the “Cereal Capital of the World.” In high school, my schedule was packed full of AP courses, varsity soccer, NHS, volunteering, and Spanish club. I attended Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I graduated with a degree in biology with honors and a minor in Spanish.
In school, I was a dedicated student who was passionate about learning, but I was extremely disorganized and always took on way too many commitments. I remember receiving my first college-level biology exam grade and feeling a pang of utter shock that my night-before studying did not earn me a top score. I was embarrassed and teary-eyed walking into my professor’s office, where he reassured me that this test was only a bump in the road. Afterward, I set up a meeting with a peer tutor to work on time management skills, content review, and adequate time for test preparation. I was incredibly humbled by the experience, but also realized that asking for help was not a reflection of my intelligence. Instead, it allowed me to improve my habits and inspired me to teach others how to study effectively.
I worked for two years in the peer-tutoring program at Calvin as an academic tutor and coach for general biology, general chemistry, and biostatistics courses. My positive experiences helping students from unique backgrounds and individual learning styles led me to AJ Tutoring, where I enjoy helping my biology and Spanish students develop habits that will help them succeed now and in the future. Each student has their own difficulties, whether that be in time management or in comprehending the material. My goal as a tutor is to empower students to recognize their strengths and guide them through their individual challenges to bring life to learning.
When I’m not in the office, I’m usually playing volleyball or soccer with friends and exploring the Bay Area. When I’m home, I love baking up a storm, pulling weeds in my garden, or reading a good book.