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Anh Le

What do you enjoy most about tutoring?
The thing I like most about tutoring is that I get the chance to meet new people every semester and learn new things through the work I do.

What is one of your most memorable teaching experiences?
I used to commute for more than 6 hours per day by bus, caltrain, BART for a teaching job in San Francisco (I was living in San Jose back then). It was memorable somehow.

What is your favorite way to unwind outside of work?
When not working, I usually play piano and like listening to pop or rap sometimes. I go hiking around the Bay Area, mostly from an easy to moderate levels. I want to try Mission Peak in the next few months. I heard that it’s tough.

What is a quote that inspires or motivates you?
My favorite quote is “Aim for the moon, if you miss, you may still hit a star.” This quote is important to me as it motivates me to raise my standard and try to maintain everything I do at a high standard. That applies to almost every aspects of my life, from work to daily life. If I do something, I will try to do it in a perfect way. If I cannot reach the expectation, it’s still rewarding as I know I tried my best.

Fei Fei

What do you enjoy most about tutoring?
For me, tutoring really allows me to get to know the students more out of classroom. When they, especially the international students, turn to me to share their feelings, struggle and frustration in life, I feel being trusted and needed. At the same time, it is fulfilling to witness their progresses and success.

What is one of your most memorable teaching experiences?
I had helped one student throughout every step of his job hunting: from resume writing, mock interviews to interview follow-ups, which lasted more than 3 months. And he nailed a few job offers in the end. We still chat online during conversation tutorials now. It feels more like a friendship than between a tutor and a student.

What is your favorite way to unwind outside of work?
Reading and travel. The book that has great influence on my love for “raw nature” is Thoreau’s Walden during my college years. More recently, it was Krakauer’s Into the Wild. As a matter of fact, a coherent theme of the books is “the need of escape life” and unsurprisingly, travel has always been a means to fulfill that need. Born and raised up during the 1980’s in China when the social feelings of discontent were so intense, reading and travel (sometimes through reading) had helped me to escape to the inner world, to introspect, or to “transcend” in Thoreau’s term. Fun facts: My last trip before the pandemic was to the Red Rock Canyon Park in Nevada’ Mojave Desert where the West wilderness always calls. Also, Jon Krakauer, the author of Into the Wild is a mountaineer and had lived in Seattle for more than a decade.

What is a quote that inspires or motivates you?
“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” ― Alain de Botton
I am a big fan of Alain de Botton, especially his How Proust can Change Your Life. And there are subtle traces of ancient Chinese philosophic thoughts found in his books and lectures. My favorite quote addressing “work life balance” comes from his book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. Since graduate school, I’ve lived in four states from Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and to the South due to work or family. Every move for me means “leaving something behind.” The belief that “everything worth fighting for unbalances your life” isn’t pessimistic, whereas it taught me how to prioritize and live in the moment.

Jacob Ayala

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Jeremy Walter

What do you enjoy most about tutoring?
I really enjoy getting the chance to connect with students on a more personal level during group conversation tutorials. We discuss a variety of topics from life as an international student to observed cultural differences. Through these conversations, I can learn more about the students, their cultures, and their experiences in the U.S and Canada. Quite honestly, these weekly discussions are the highlight of my week!

What is one of your most memorable teaching experiences?
When I started at Northeastern University, I was asked to teach a course called Culture & Communication. The purpose of the course was to introduce students to topics specific to American culture while enhancing intercultural communication skills. An additional component to the course was neighborhood visits to help students learn more about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. I was fairly new to Seattle when I first taught the course, so I benefited from organizing these trips and learned right alongside my students. I’ve been able to teach this course many times over the past six years and it’s been a memorable experience each and every time!

What is your favorite way to unwind outside of work?
I have quite a few hobbies that I thoroughly enjoy, such as playing the piano, rowing, cooking, and traveling, but one that always brings me peace is enjoying nature! I chose to live in the Pacific Northwest for a reason–its beauty! With mountains, trees, and water available to me in every direction, I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to be living here. When the weather permits, I can be found kayaking, rowing, and hiking with a smile on my face!

What is a quote that inspires or motivates you?
“The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir
“Real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself.” -Gandhi

Richard Landowski

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Ruth MacKechnie

What do you enjoy most about tutoring?
I love to see the students improve in their language and grow more confident in their speaking skills day by day!

What is one of your most memorable teaching experiences?
Each student is memorable, and I love learning from them all!

What is your favorite way to unwind outside of work?
I like to watch shows about famous people, documentaries! I love documentaries because life is much stranger and more interesting than any planned TV show or novel. I love to read biographies for the same reason – the world is stranger than we know! I love all animals, and I have had various cats as pets all my life, in all the places I have lived in the world. I also love dogs, and I wish so much I could have a farm filled with happy animals who felt safe, and who could live in peace. I also really love elephants and went on a photo-safari trip to Tanzania in 2019 to see them living in their own country. It was a wonderful experience.

What is a quote that inspires or motivates you?
I loved Eleanor Roosevelt and Ruth Bader Ginsberg and think they were wonderful, strong women who had the confidence to speak their truths, who loved their country, and who were both trying to leave a better world for their children and grandchildren. I would love to have such an amazing legacy! I don’t have a quote that I keep in front of me, but I like these two gems of wisdom:

From Eleanor:
“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”

And, from Ruth:
“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.”