3 years of experience in tutoring, japanese studies student
At the beginning of my education I was not particularly drawn to any specific field. Much as I enjoyed the process of learning, no subject of the curriculum seemed to trigger a passionate interest. At the age of eleven I enrolled into a course offered by one of the best Polish universities – Warsaw School of Economics. Targeted at children of my age, it conveyed essential economic concepts in an accessible, yet academic manner – with activities raging from lectures to practical exercises. This was a first taster of higher education, which left me yearning for more.
The course helped me discover it was the linguistic aspects of the discussed issues that truly interested me. Obviously, there were lots of other subjects that I got hooked on - like macroeconomics and investment but I knew that it is linguistic that I want to dedicate myself to. Having finally located the subject I was passionate about, I focused on English and Japanese. Also, in the final year of middle school I took part in several national contests that tested my economic and law knowledge and was lucky enough to become laureate more than once. That experience improved my teamwork skills, time management and presentation skills.
Throughout high school I took additional linguistic classes, which allowed me a more insightful approach into learning languages than the far more streamlined Polish curriculum. I also engaged in extracurricular school activities, such as Model United Nations, not only as a delegate, but also page, member of the welcome service team and the legal service team. These activities required great responsibility, ensuring the guests’ comfort and working under stress to meet the conference’s agenda. The event introduced me to people from different cultures and allowed to note that our perspective is based not only on age, social status or personal views, but also the culture from which we originate.
Since primary school I involved in volunteering. Once, I spent three weeks, six hours a day, participating in an international project in France. Even though the culture of that European country may seem similar to Polish, I still discovered some differences in habits and customs. Some of my team mates hailed from far more exotic countries, like Taiwan, South Korea, Spain or Russia. Spending twenty one days together brought home to me the diversity of our respective backgrounds. The relationship between culture and human behavior has been made clearer to me due to my passion for traveling. Over the course of the last four years I have visited countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and watched how even subtle differences of religion, political system or tradition can affect one’s goals, interpersonal relations or even choices related to economics and education.
For me, working in the United Kingdom is not only an opportunity to earn more than in my homeland, but also to get immersed in another culture and to become more independent. Last summer holidays I worked in Germany for over 2 months to achieve similar goals and it had become a very valuable experience to me. I dream of allowing myself to continue the journey that started in primary school and deepen the understanding of various contexts of my life.