Tutor Spotlight

Rachel Vishanoff

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
School: Boston College
Major: English

“There are a lot of decisions to be made in each of these Scholars’ lives, and the College Success Academy helps prepare them for those decisions, helps them think about those decisions, and supports them in those decisions. That is invaluable.”

Rachel reflects on her experience tutoring Scholars:

There is something wonderful about being in a position in which I can help middle school students practically and also be a constant and caring feature in their lives.

I love hearing what makes the Scholars tick – the questions they have about their homework, the stories they tell about the previous day’s bus ride, their excitement over a good grade or accomplishment, their desire to do their best, their frustrations, their hopes – it all comes out in the little conversations I have with them every time I am at the College Success Academy. I love entering into their world in that way. I love all of those daily interactions, but what is especially exciting is seeing one of the Scholars light up as they understand something for the first time, or their pride in a job well done.

The “Power of One: Decision” is important to me because I firmly believe that if I had not made some of the decisions regarding my life and education the way I did, I would not be here in Boston learning in such an inspiring environment. I want Scholars to know both the power of a decision and that the process of making the decision can be more beneficial than the actual outcome. It teaches you what you value and directs what you pursue in your life. There are a lot of decisions to be made in each of these Scholars’ lives, and the College Success Academy helps prepare them for those decisions, helps them think about those decisions, and supports them in those decisions. That is invaluable.