As a volunteer tutor, the most meaningful moment was when students told me they got better grades in math thanks to my help. I observed that they have strong passion in studying but they just could not do so due to a lack of educational opportunities. Their strong passion in studying made me look back on my childhood, which was full of science and engineering. Thanks to their great passion, I also regained my passion in learning and education. As a result, this experience made me study my major, electrical engineering, further and made me get admitted to Stanford University.
I highly recommend you to participate in Intellichoice as a student and a volunteer. This is because, if you participate as a student, you are taught by enthusiastic and well-educated volunteers. Therefore, if you have questions, you can resolve those right away by asking questions to volunteers. And, if you participate as a volunteer, you will feel rewarded teaching children who need help in math. Plus, you will get teaching experiences as well.
By working as a volunteer, I learned that donating money to society is not the only way to contribute to society. As a college student, I believed that I also could contribute to society by donating my ability in math. Therefore, I was fulfilled that I could teach math to students. Through this experience, I was able to regain my passion in learning and I also found the way I can contribute to society.
Finally, I really want to thank Prof. Lee and Intellichoice for giving me this wonderful experience. [Written in May 2016 ]
* Dongmin Pak had been a volunteer at Martin Luther King Jr. public library from Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2015 while he was an undergraduate student at UT Dallas. He got admission into Stanford University with full tuition scholarship and room and board for his graduate study.