At Fordham University, students are encouraged to put the faith and the lessons they learn in the classroom into action in the surrounding community and the world as a whole. Consequently, Fordham offers so many ways to get involved with helping others.
As someone who actively seeks community service opportunities and hopes to someday become a teacher, I was very interested when I learned about a tutoring opportunity at the Rosedale Center for Girls, a division of the South Bronx Educational Foundation.
Each Thursday last semester, a Rosedale van picked up Fordham girls, including myself, from campus and brought us directly to the Rosedale Center, a three-story house located in the Bronx. An afternoon at the Rosedale Center typically consisted of Diana, the student I was paired with, and I working one-on-one, to solve math problems, complete grammar exercises, read books, review her past tests, and prepare for her upcoming tests.
While academic growth is obviously a huge component of the Rosedale Center Tutoring Program, personal achievement and character development are just as important. Essentially, I served not only as Diana’s tutor but as her mentor as well. As we met each week, Diana and I developed a bond by talking about things that were happening in her life with her family, her classes, her friends, and her activities outside of school. As I tried to teach her what it meant to be a woman with strong morals and character, I found myself striving to be a better version of myself. My experience at Rosedale definitely surpassed all of my experiences at Fordham thus far, and I certainly hope to work with Diana again this semester.