Interning, Tutoring, and Helping the Community

August 04 2017
Category: Academics

Photo of Payton Rusin '18The summer might be winding down, but our #SoaringToSuccess series blazes on to highlight the internships our students are completing this season. This week features,

Payton Rusin '18, a psychology major who interned at the Broome County Higher Education Access, Retention & Success (HEARS) organization.

Let’s learn more from Payton…

This summer, my internship focused on community outreach with the citizens of Broome County who are trying to attain their high school equivalency through taking the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC. Many of my internship days were spent tutoring people of all ages in subjects like math (a great deal of math), reading, social studies, science, and English. I carried around a huge binder of different activities and lesson plans and allowed each person to work on what they needed the most.

Each Monday, I would go to the Binghamton Alternative High School to work with students enrolled in the adult school that runs all year long. These students range from 19-years-old and up and are all working toward the same goals: taking the TASC and earning their high school diploma.

Tuesdays were spent at the Broome County Library where other tutors and I would welcome students to an open house where they are free to work on activities or any subject they needed help on. We could let them work through it or work side-by-side through each problem.

On Wednesday, my co-worker Lucia and I would travel to Windsor, New York, to hold an open house for students at the local library. I really enjoyed our Wednesday trips because the women that work at the library are great to be around and they welcomed us to their weekly lunches after our open house was over.

Thursdays brought me to “The Mansion,” which is a large building connected to a church that is used by the United Way and BC HEARS to hold educational events and offer computer services for people in the community. During my internship we planned a reading event for local students where I read them “You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer” by Shana Corey and orchestrated crafts around the book. This event was special to me because it was all my own, I got to plan every aspect and the students really enjoyed the experience.

This internship allowed me to learn about the Broome County community I come from and see how fortunate I am that I’ve had the opportunity to graduate from high school and go to a college like Elmira.

This experience has also taught me that nothing should keep you from achieving goals and even when it’s difficult; working through it is worth it. I got to know people from all walks of life through my co-workers and the students I worked with. Before this internship, Binghamton was just a place I would drive through or a place to stop and eat, but now I see it as a part of my community and a place where people need help to reach their goals, or even begin to plan toward a goal.

Although it was only for a short time, I feel like this internship taught me a deal of learning experiences and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great organization like Broome County HEARS.

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