Hear from MichelleBorn and raised in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Michelle was named a National Merit Finalist and National AP scholar in high school and performed extensively as part of a chamber choir, symphonic band, and competitive color guard team. In contrast to her stationary upbringing, Michelle traversed several continents as an undergraduate before landing in Boston. Her experiences at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania sensitized her to inequities in power and privilege among different social groups, and the choices that each individual has in either sustaining or dismantling oppressive systems. Fascinated by other languages and cultures, Michelle studied Japanese and anthropology in her first year, Spanish and Vietnamese during a semester spent backpacking through Central America and Vietnam, and French at the University of Paris IV - La Sorbonne through an independent program. She fell in love with the city and decided to stay another year to become fluent in French, teaching English and modeling for an art and design school while also taking courses in the social sciences, which piqued her interest in entering a helping profession.
Since her return to the states one year ago, Michelle has been pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology at Harvard Extension with an interest in becoming a clinical social worker. A member of the Harvard Mediation Program, she mediates small-claims at the Malden District Court and volunteers as a research assistant with the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. She also enjoys dancing Argentine tango, performing with the Harvard Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and attending cultural events of all kinds.
Real reviewsShe made the class very interesting
My instructor was Michelle Nguyen, and she was VERY helpful. She made the class very interesting, got to know each one of her students very well, and developed a great bond with each of them.
Hear from ClarissaClarissa attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is pursuing a major in Materials Science & Engineering and a minor in Applied International Studies. By day, she develops polymeric fuel cell membranes in MIT's Koch Institute, and by night, she edits a collegiate literary magazine. As a National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with Distinction, Clarissa tutored throughout high school through the National and Spanish Honor Societies, and she served two years each as the President of the Environmental Society and the Chief Editor of the yearbook. Clarissa has been involved with Girl Scouts since age 5, volunteering hundreds of hours, mentoring younger scouts, and earning her Gold Award at age 16. She is a Red Cross certified lifeguard, and she taught swimming lessons and health workshops for several years before college. Fascinated by languages, Clarissa has traveled through Perú, France, and Spain with fellow students, and she spent five weeks volunteering at a wildlife rescue center in Costa Rica, where she gave tours and helped care for the animals. She loves backpacking around the world, biking around Boston and Cambridge, skiing with her family, and dancing with MIT’s DanceTroupe. Clarissa is psyched to help her students excel in the academic world!
Real reviewsShe makes learning easy
Clarissa was really sweet. She truly forms a bond with her students so you know that when she teaches you, it's because she genuinely cares and wants you to excel on the SAT. She makes learning easy- plus, she's hilarious!