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Oct 012013
 
Winner of the 2012 Share Your Passion & Facebook Scholarships, David Dillon

Winner of the 2012 Share Your Passion & Facebook Scholarships, David Dillon

The transition from high school to college is stereotyped with the necessity to grow up, get one’s life in order, and approach the final stages of finding oneself. Academics are expected to be a lot more challenging, so people expect their lives to become more tedious and less exciting. While some of this is true, I have found my transition experience to be far different from what I initially expected.

The root of the college experience is found in the independence factor. How will one fare on their own? Everyone will use independence for their own benefit, whether it is disregarding the moral instruction instilled in them from childhood, or taking bits and pieces of said instruction and approaching life prudently. Coming from a home where I was instructed in a certain way, but not held on a tight leash, I know what may take place under both scenarios, so I applied my life’s lessons the best I could and found myself doing pretty well. In my first semester of college, I received a 4.0 GPA, I was involved with a dance team, I often recited poetry at open mic events on and off campus, and I found a nice network of friends through my involvement with a church and my extracurricular activities.

            It is said that there is a triangle of elements once entering college: Academics, Social life, and Sleep, and we must sacrifice one, leaving us to soar high in two. In my first year of college, I found myself rotating this triangle time and time again: sacrificing sleep to spend time with friends, sacrificing time with friends to study for an quiz, deciding whether or not more studying or more sleep would be more beneficial to me for the next day’s exam. I found myself in more of a hexagonal dilemma, balancing the latter three with fitness, time with God, and my personal hobbies. Like with all dilemmas, there is a painful solution, and I learned that growing up for me meant sacrificing some things in order for other things to flourish, so I gained twenty pounds, combined social time and hobbies by performing on campus, and sacrificed much sleep for extra time to study.

            From this, college may sound like the worst thing ever, having to decide between things we love so that we can express love for some of these things more efficiently. With two semesters worth of college experience, I would like to say, however, that every moment offers a lesson, and with new lessons come new challenges and obstacles. But I will be one of many to say that growing up is learning to love a challenge, and loving a challenge is what allowed me to break through obstacles and pave a new path for the multi-faceted, fun-loving, wisdom-crazed student. From experience, I can tell you that making quality friends, getting an A average, making up for lost sleep on the weekends, expressing oneself artistically, staying somewhat in shape, and continuing to grow closer to a loving God is all possible.

            Ultimately, the transition into college is what you make of it. On the outside looking in, I have seen what was made of questionable choices and peer-pressured decisions. What I made of my transition is something that I can look back on and be proud of. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. So, how will you respond?

Sep 232013
 
2012 Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner Julia Schemmer

2012 Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner Julia Schemmer

The beginning of the year always brings feelings of ambition and high spirits, as the energy and vigor from the summer transition into long and exhausting days in a classroom. This year, I begin my junior year at Norco High School, and although it is only the first few months of school, I have been extremely blessed.

Since you last heard from me, I was in the process of creating a non-profit organization called the Face of Cancer, designed to give those affected by cancer support and a listening ear. However, I have made the choice to put the Face of Cancer on hold for now, and spending the gap year planning incredible events that will grab the Corona-Norco community’s attention.

In the meantime, this year, I have decided to challenge myself continually by taking three Advanced Placement courses and one honors course: AP Environmental, AP Language and Composition, AP United States History, and Spanish 3 Honors. Along with that, I have been participating in multiple clubs with officer positions including American Cancer Society, National Honor Society, German Club, Chinese Culture Club, Friday Night Live, Key Club, and Link Crew. I also serve at my church, Crossroads,  for many ministries.  At Generate Jr High, I am training to be a decision counselor while serving on the Creative Team and co-leading Lovebugs.  Every Wednesday, Generate, designed for high school and college aged kids, I help out with offering.  Finally, on the weekend, the Pastor’s Wives Ministry honor the wives of pastors by cooking them deluxe breakfasts and I serve on the Project Team/Communion and Offering teams every Saturday and Sunday.

The more different things I try, although initially frightening, the more I learn about myself and the things that interest me. For example, joining the German Club on campus has made me eager to learn the language and the history behind my heritage. I also never viewed myself as a leader, until I stepped out and was obedient to my callings. It’s been said that “by doing, you understand”, and I am living proof of that. Had I remained scared, insecure, and doubtful of my abilities, I would have never had the courage to apply myself and learn great and mighty things.

I am so grateful for the Tutoring Solution being an active part in my high school experience, from freshman year to now. When I applied for the $100 scholarship, I would have never imagined my academic and personal interests growing as much as they have. Now, although oncology will always be a part of whom I am and my passion, I am leaning towards a career of diplomacy and linguistics. I would love to be an ambassador for the United States to foreign countries. College wise, I am drawn to Bath University in Bath, England and plan to apply to that school my senior year of high school. After I graduate from Bath University, I plan on transferring to the London School of Economics and later, back in the States at Harvard University to finish my education. Ambitious? Without a doubt. Crazy? Some might think so. But I’ve found that to the inspired, anything is possible.  Most people are content with a good paying job, a nice house, and kids they can take to soccer practice in a four wheel drive. But for me, I want more than this life has to offer. I want adventure. I want uncertainty. And most of all, I want to be the change I want to see in the world, like one of my biggest role models, Gandhi once said.

If anything can be retained from my countless tangents and blubbering, remember this: you will regret it forever if you never try. Now, I don’t mean to try the *bad* things (e.g. smoking, bad addictions), but follow your own passion. Write your own story. Use your skills and the things that fill you to the brim with life to impact others. For good grief, you were created with awesome skills and talents, and it would be a disservice to the world to not share them with others. Be creative. Adore mastery. Change the world.

Because although it might start with the intentions of helping others, you’ll find it helps you out a lot too.

Oct 242012
 
Julia Schemmer: Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner

Julia Schemmer: Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner

When asked her goals for the future, #100 Norco High School Share Your Passion scholarship winner, Julia Schemmer replied, “Change the world.” Passionate in the medical field, Julia not only aspires to be a missionary doctor but has also founded her own organization, The Face of Cancer.

The Face of Cancer is a Facebook project launched in September 2012. Its primary function is to give support to Corona-Norco cancer patients. “It’s easy to see the cancer ribbons, or to be asked to donate,” she says, “While these are equally important, there is a great malnourishment of actual support to these patients.” Their past two events have been a huge success. Julia hopes to expand the organization by setting up a Pen Pal system with a member of the Face of Cancer and a cancer patient.

 

“It’s amazing the things you can do for the community with your resources,” Julia says. “Sometimes the best world-change is just letting people know that you care. I hope this organization inspires others to make a difference as well.”

If you’d like to be involved with the Face of Cancer, “like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/
TheFaceOfCancer.

Aug 272012
 

Julia Schemmer – Winner of $100 Norco High School Share Your Passion Scholarship

BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! The alarm clock rings at an unrighteous hour, signaling an end to the wonderful summer. Commercials play tirelessly, convincing you to buy their low school supply deals. As you enter this school year, it can be intimating to you. Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, back to school nerves can arise. But have no fear! The How to Survive High School guide will guide you through all insecurities, fears, worries, and more!

Let me introduce myself first: my name is Julia Schemmer. I am a sophomore at Norco High School, and I have very high aspirations. My freshman year of high school I was blessed to win four scholarships and acceptance into the University of Southern California’s summer residential program. Recently, one of my classic Shakespearean sonnets that I wrote has been selected to be in a book titled Talented. I aspire to be a missionary doctor, helping less fortunate people with their basic medical needs in poverty-stricken areas.

Success is relative, and other people’s views of success differ. However, my school has three elements needed to be successful: Resourceful, Responsible, and Ready to Achieve. In this guide, we will further discuss these and how to attain them for your maximum enjoyment of high school and the world beyond.

The first element of the “key to success” is being resourceful. The reason why I achieved a lot of scholarships was because of the Career Center at my high school. High schools and libraries offer a lot of helpful resources that if used, could bring you a lot of success. If you’re falling behind in classes, an important resource is tutoring. Do everything that you can to improve your grades, and you’ll see yourself understanding and enjoying the material more and more. By using your local resources, success will come.

The second element of the “key to success” is being responsible. This includes doing your homework on time, studying for tests and quizzes, and adhering to the school rules. Doing homework on time projects a good image to your teacher and administration. You want to look the best you can for teachers because they are the ones who will recommend you for different scholarships and activities. Studying for tests and quizzes are essential to getting a good grade in the course. It doesn’t have to be a two hour session of studying. Setting aside twenty minutes a day can make a huge difference in your grade. When I was struggling with Geometry last year, studying made a big difference and I ended up with a C+ in the class. Adhering to the school rules is a huge responsibility. No matter how tedious they might seem school rules are established for a reason: to give you the best learning experience for you and the teacher. Even if it’s not chewing gum, following the dress code or showing up to class on time; they make you a better student. If you break the rules at a college or university, they throw you out.  If you are seriously college bound, it would be wise to focus on obeying the rules now, so you are prepared for college and ready to succeed.

The last element of the “key to success” is being ready to achieve. Even though it seems straight forward, it is very important to success. You don’t go as the lead of a musical ready to give only 25%. You wouldn’t go into a football game saying “Let’s beat them! But if not, lose with style.” No, you enter these situations with a wholehearted passionate decision to give it all. You use the best of your efforts to bring forward success and to make yourself proud. Same with school success. In being studious, it is essential that you give your all. It will take dedication to study for that Physics test instead of chatting on Facebook. It will take discipline to go to tutoring sessions and get that help. But I promise you it is worth it. Nothing worth having will be easy; and nothing easy will be worth having. Giving your all as a student will give you success. Stay focused, stay yourself, and stay studious.

Aug 082012
 

David Dillon - Winner of $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest and the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship

Education, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction.” With that definition, one can see that there exist two roles in the education system: receivers and distributors. It is the responsibility of teachers to distribute information to their students, the receivers, in as lucid a manner as possible; however, as receivers, it is the students’ responsibility to be receptive of what the teachers distribute. In an academic environment, cooperation is required between both parties for complete success to be achieved.

Based upon statistics and common knowledge, there are students who enjoy learning and students who need some sort of incentive to delve into the learning process. Due to this fact, it is up to the teachers to create an inviting educational environment, a place where the retention of knowledge and abstract thinking is encouraged. Alongside that, teachers must be open to the different manners in which students learn, so that every student has a fair opportunity to comprehend the teacher’s instruction. Once an encouraging environment has been established, the student has the responsibility to be receptive of the teacher’s material. If the open environment still is not sufficient encouragement for the student, then that student must become self-motivated. In my case, when I feel that the style in which the teacher delivers information is not compatible with my way of learning, I have to do what I can in order to understand the material. If that means independently studying at home, asking questions, or seeking tutoring, then I have to take that upon myself and do so.

When I find myself uninterested in a specific topic, I do my best to apply it to something that I am interested in so that I can not only stay focused, but actually understand the material. For instance, I initially did not understand the purpose of physics and analyzing free-fall acceleration until I applied it to breakdancing. I realized that an upward force has to be greater than the natural downward force of gravity in order to remain in the air for a given amount of time, causing me to look again into how I executed certain movements. The application of uninteresting information to interesting information amplifies one’s understanding of the interesting information, inherently making both more comprehensible.

One way to conquer an array of learning styles is through flexibility. Each participant in the education system has to be willing to accept a method that may be foreign to them, including the parents. The parents play an interesting role because they are not in the classroom with their students; they do not see the everyday classroom procedures. The parent/guardian’s responsibility, even outside of the realm of education, is simply to encourage the student. When the student is struggling with a specific topic, the parent should be there to let the child know that they are able to accomplish any task as long as they work for it. Dually, it is the parent’s responsibility to discipline the student in a way that the teacher cannot. The parent is there when the teacher cannot be, and knows the student better than anyone else; therefore, the parent must be sure that the student is staying on task and completing his or her work at home so that they can get the most out of their education.

Ultimately, practice makes perfect. Motivation is the key to success in the education system, whether it comes from the teachers, the parents, or the students themselves. With motivation and diligence, anything can be accomplished, even getting accepted to one’s dream college.

Jul 272012
 

This year has been very exciting.  It is the first year that we have offered scholarships.  We offered the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship, which was open to all the schools we currently or have in the past tutored students from, the $100 Share Your Passion Scholarship (exclusively for Roosevelt High School Students), the $100 Share Your Passion Scholarship (exclusively for Norco High School Students), and the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest, which was open to all the runner ups.

We had high expectations for the quality of essays we would receive; however, we did not expect to get so many wonderfully written essays by such talented and passionate young students.

Because we were so excited by the essays we received, we decided to create a $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest, in which we would ask our four runner ups of the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship and our previous two scholarship winners, from Norco and Roosevelt, to participate in the contest.

Our main goal behind the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest was that we wanted to share the six essays with our followers and to give them the opportunity to help us pick a winner.  Little did we expect to receive such an impressive response from the Facebook community.

Within a matter of a one or two days of posting the contest on Facebook, the contestants began uploading their entries, and the votes started pouring in.  Although not all six contestants participated in our Facebook contest, the four that did participate really impressed our followers.  We were sincerely astounded by the incredible support that some of our contestants received.

David Dillon: Winner of the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest

The essay that received the most votes was David Dillon’s essay – which also happened to be our $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship Winner.  Right from the beginning, David was able to garner a lot of support from his Facebook friends and family.  Throughout the whole contests, his family shared many of our Facebook posts to their followers – the comments they posted on our posts revealed their great pride in David, it was truly moving.  After reading David’s essay, we understand why they are so proud of this outstanding young man.

David will soon be attending Cal State Northridge, and we know for a fact that he is bound to accomplish many wonderful things.  We hope that he keeps all of us updated on his future success and that he becomes a part of The Tutoring Solution family.  Congratulations David!

We tutor students in Chino, Chino Hills, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Alta Loma, Ontario, Corona, Norco, Rancho Cucamonga and all the surrounding cities.  We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Prepatory Academy, Townsend Junior High School, Roosevelt High School, Alta  Loma High School, Norco High School, Centennial High School, Chino Hills High School, Ontario Christian High School and Ayala High School.

To take advantage of summer tutoring, call us or email us today.  We provide one-on-one in hometutoring in Southern California.

Jul 032012
 

The $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship Contest is finally over and we have found a winner.  With the help of some of our most trusted supporters, we selected the winner of our First Annual Share Your Passion Scholarship.

We had many wonderful entries from very talented young students; however, we ended up narrowing it down to 4 finalists.  We selected those essays as our top four, because they were truly inspiring essays written by students who have very bright futures ahead of them.  These young students genuinely wish to help make other people’s lives better.  We hope that the four finalists, and our two previous winners from Norco and Roosevelt, will become part of The Tutoring Solution family for years to come.

The 4th Place finalist is Nicole Hyland.  Nicole Hyland is a student in Chino Hills High School.  She is a very talented young lady who hopes to pursue acting.  She hopes to use acting as a way to inspire and bring people together.  She hopes to one day teach others how to do the same.  To read Nicole Hyland’s essay, click on the link.  We awarded her with a $10 gift card from Amazon.

The 3rd Place finalist is Jessica Senior of Beaumont High School.  Jessica wrote a beautiful essay about her passion for education and how she wishes to pursue a career as an English professor at the University level.  We know she is bound to become a very inspiring and talented professor one day.  To read Jessica Senior’s essay, click on the link.  We awarded Jessica with a $15 gift card from Amazon.

Alex Bernstein

Alex Bernstein

The 2nd Place finalist is Alex Bernstein.  Alex is a student at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.  Alex’s passion for art and for helping minorities and the underprivileged express themselves through art, really moved us.  We genuinely wish success to Alex because we know the future holds great things for this talented and selfless young student.  To read Alex Bernstein’s essay, click on the link.  We have awarded Alex with a $50 Scholarship and a $20 gift card from Amazon.

David Dillon - Winner of the Scholarship

David Dillon

The 1st Place Winner of the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship is David Dillon from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  David is a truly special student.  He wants to learn as many languages as possible in order to bring people together and allow everyone to communicate openly with one another.  He wishes to break down the language barriers and to be able to understand people from different cultures and different walks of life.  If more people shared David’s mentality, the world would be a much more accepting and peaceful place.  To read David Dillon’s essay, click on the link.  We have awarded David with a $250 Scholarship.

$100 Facebook Scholarship Contest – All of our finalists, plus our past two winners of the $100 Share Your Passion Scholarship, still have the opportunity to win our $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest.  You have the opportunity to help us chose a winner.  In order to participate, simply “Like” us on Facebook and vote for the essay you feel is the best.

Blog-Based Learning Program – We have begun a Blog-Based Learning Program to help students learn through blogging.  Our first student is Stephanie Perera.  Follow her blog at StephanietheGreat and see all the wonderful tidbits Stephanie has to share with the world.

We tutor students in Chino, Chino Hills, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Alta Loma, Ontario, Corona, Norco, Rancho Cucamonga and all the surrounding cities.  We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Prepatory Academy, Townsend Junior High School, Roosevelt High School, Alta  Loma High School, Norco High School, Centennial High School, Chino Hills High School, Ontario Christian High School and Ayala High School.

To take advantage of summer tutoring, call us or email us today.  We provide one-on-one in home tutoring in Southern California.

Jun 282012
 

Roosevelt High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

If I were to walk into a room filled with people who do not speak English, I would be able to communicate with 18% percent of them. That room is the world and that 18% is 1.2 billion people. Our world has an abundance of culture that has yet to be discovered by the ears of other cultures. Every day, I study foreign languages from around the world and have learned that everyone has a voice and that everyone’s voice should be heard and understood.

Over the past few years, I have indulged in the studies of the Korean, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese languages, in addition to the improvement of my native English tongue.  A large fraction of my time is spent outside of my domestic comfort zone, experiencing the unique customs of various cultures. My aim is to unite people with reverent recognition of each person’s individuality and cultural heritage. At the same time, I consider it a necessity for separate cultures to come together and interact without the hindrance of a language barrier; therefore, I intend to eliminate language barriers for the progression of cultural interaction and comprehension through efficient communication.

Two years ago I began attending a Korean Christian Church. Being an African-American male, I had never imagined myself in such a place. I joined in order to improve my skills with the Korean language and learn, through first-hand experience, about Korean culture. It was difficult to understand the language, let alone fit in with people who were so different from me; hence, I felt out of place. However, with time and determination, I overcame the difficulty and realized my reason for being there. I was put in that place to discover my love for other cultures and my appreciation for differences. Through this revelation, I can see the road ahead of me, a road leading to teaching about unfamiliar cultures, a road leading to assisting others in learning languages, a road leading to efficient communication between people from different backgrounds.

After countless hours devoted to studying, I finally became comfortable with the Korean language; I offered to teach Level 1 Korean School at my church. I may only be helping a few students at a time, but my teaching brings the world one step closer to tearing down its language barrier. I am proud of what I chose to do, but I am more proud of my students who will be able to communicate more efficiently with others in the future. Cumulatively, my aims to unite this world reveal my characteristics of impartiality, ambition, and fortitude. With the information I have retained from independent and classroom studies in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese, my goal is to create a path for future generations to broaden their knowledge of, and develop interest in, other cultures.