Why Education

Please provide an essay that explains why you chose your intended program of study. What interests you the most about this major? If Undecided, what areas of study do you look forward to studying in college? (50-500 words)

This past summer, I tutored two summer school math classes for incoming freshmen in

my district. I've tutored dozens of students in my high school career, so when I was working with

these students, I wasn't expecting anything to be different. That's why I was so surprised when

the teacher pulled me aside and told me she had given a student one of my pop-tarts. He hadn't

eaten all day. My school prides itself on being diverse, but I hadn’t considered it diverse in an

economic sense until that day. I had peers who were lacking one of the basic essentials,

something I took for granted, food.

I thought I had prepared myself for any tutoring scenario. I thought I knew my school

district and every background it encompassed, but I was wrong. I learned there were people

walking the same halls as me, even sitting next to me in class, who live in conditions I couldn’t

even imagine. It was surprising and devastating.

Since this experience, my understanding of my students’ and peers’ needs have

changed. I had no idea about his struggles until it was brought to my attention. I had just

assumed that, like me, he had eaten breakfast that morning and dinner the night before. I

couldn’t believe something like that happened in my community. The...

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