We are incredibly excited to introduce you to Bennett Hadley. He will be working with us as our Northeastern Co-op for the semester. The Northeastern Co-op program allows students to compliment their academic study with full-time employment in a position related to their academic and/or career interests. I had a chance to sit down with Bennett on his first day of work and learn a little bit more about him and why he chose to serve with Tutors for All.
T4A: Bennett, what brought you to Tutors for All this Fall?
Bennett: During the volunteer fair this Fall, I walked right past Andreas (a T4A Coordinator/ Lead Tutor) and a few flyers fell out of his hand. I picked them up and gave them to him and he asked, “Do you want to be a tutor?” and I was like, “I’m going to think about it. No thanks.” I was walking back to my apartment and thinking about it and I realized that I actually kind of did want to tutor. So I walked back and said, “Yeah I want to do it.” And I signed up.
T4A: What are you studying?
Bennett: I’m currently a Physics major, but I’m looking to switch it to math. Last semester, I was kind of searching for what I want to do and I think I’ve settled for math.
T4A: Was that impacted at all by tutoring math?
Bennett: Maybe a little bit. I’ve always enjoyed doing math and helping others with problems. It was an easy transition.
T4A: What were your favorite moments tutoring at Tobin this Fall?
Bennett: I really enjoyed the days when I was working with my student and she got really into it. She would ask me questions about what we were doing and why is the answer this and why am I doing this. I really liked it when she asked questions and was interested in what we were learning about.
T4A: What made you interested in being a Co-Op with us and what are you the most excited about?
Bennett: Last semester in the Fall, I really enjoyed my time tutoring. I have thought about pursuing a career in education and that this would be the best way to explore that.
T4A: What was your favorite childhood book?
Bennett: The Harry Potter Series. I absolutely adored it. I think I started reading them around the time that the third one came out. I was still pretty young- like 7 or 8 maybe. And I went to the midnight release of the last 3 books. I read through the series several times. I still love it. Out of the Harry Potter series, my favorite book would have to be 3.
T4A: So when you’re not tutoring with us, what do you like to do for fun?
Bennett: I really like skiing. I ski a lot. I’m on the club team at Northeastern. We do races and stuff. It’s my favorite thing to do.
T4A: Growing up, who was your favorite teacher?
Bennett: I’ve had a few really great teachers. My 7th and 8th grade homeroom teacher (whom I also had for a few classes) pushed me and my classmates. I also had a great teacher for a class called “Writing the Prose,” which was basically 11th Grade writing and composition and grammar. He was a quirky guy- quite old, but he was sharp. Both those teachers were tough teachers. They really challenged all their students and held high expectations, but were still really friendly and approachable.
T4A: As this semester is starting, do you have any words of wisdom or advice for tutors as they jump into tutoring?
Bennett: Come in excited with a lot of energy and don’t ever give up on your student. Persistence is key.
T4A: Is there anything else about yourself that you would like to include in your story?
Bennett: I’m really into music. I really like my music and am particular about my music. I like alternative stuff or indie. I like a lot of different stuff. When I’m not doing anything or sitting around my apartment, I am always listening to music.
Elizabeth Marshall, Tutor Support Coordinator