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    Hello, everyone! My name is Arifa Altaf and I am from Karachi, Pakistan. I came to the U.S. about three years ago with an ambition to study at an institution of higher learning. I finished my Associate’s in Arts degree at LaGuardia Community College last year with a G.P.A of 4.0, which I am greatly proud of. Afterwards, I transferred to Hunter College for my Bachelor’s degree. Currently I am enrolled at Hunter College while at the same time working at LaGuardia as an API tutor. I love reading, teaching, and learning new things. I am truly a student of knowledge. My goal is to become an Islamic Scholar and to do in-depth research about my religion, Islam. I want to be an independent learner so that I have a firm belief in what I follow.



    Last year I learned math on the internet during a construction lay-off. Helping people shake off their arithmetical phobias and succeed is something I now find immensely pleasurable. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to maintain a 4.0 GPA and to study mysterious new subjects like math, the Chinese language and computer programming. My major is Electrical Engineering. I enjoy composing poetry and chasing my girlfriend around, in a friendly way. I love LaGuardia Community College and am very proud to be a part of it. Someday I would like to solve Nikola Tesla's lost equations and compose a beautiful album in fluent Mandarin. I would also like for my gravestone to have a number measured in terrawatts on it, representing the installed renewable energy capacity I was responsible for implementing in life. Failing that, I would be very thankful to spend my days peacefully as a mathematics instructor at a public college.



    Hello everyone! My name is John Correa. I am a student at Hunter College majoring in biochemistry. This is my second semester at the college. I used to be a LaGuardia Community College student. I graduated with an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts in Math and Science last summer (2012). I am from Ecuador. I was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Ecuador which is a perfect place to live because it is close to the coast and yet surrounded by mountains. I have been living in New York for the last 4 and a half years. What I love about New York City is the fact that you find a variety of people here from different cultures, making it distinctive from other cities.
    I came to this country because I wanted to study and get a degree so that I could enter a medical field. I now find that being a student at a four year college is so much more demanding. I know I can do it. This is my third year working as a tutor for API, and I feel that because of my past experiences, I have made a tremendous improvement in my tutoring skills. This semester I am tutoring MAT 096 – Elementary Algebra - and I am trying my best to do a good job so that all my students are better able to understand and succeed in this course.



    Hello everyone. My name is Adam Cropper. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from Baruch College. I am in the midst of changing my career direction to Physical Therapy and I am aiming to get my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). I am presently at LaGuardia taking prerequisite courses in science.I love science and I really enjoy learning about how the human body works. It is only fitting, then, that I am tutoring Anatomy and Physiology 1 (SCB203). I am really intrigued by activities that emphasize the movement of body through space, so I can’t wait to take classes in Parkour, Dance, or Capoeira.



    Hi. My name is Joanna Deng. I'm from a global city- Shanghai. I came to the United States about 4 years ago. I study Liberal Arts Science at this wonderful school and now I’m transferring to Hunter College to continue exploring the science field. My goal is to become a Medical Lab Technician. My passion, however, is in both the arts and sciences. I started playing piano when I was 5 years old and picked up drawing skills during my high school years. These experiences funded my interest in pursuing art and science. I did discover the spiritual bridge between the two and I dream of presenting science with art in graphic formats. Learning both fields makes me excited to be an API tutor, I really want to convey this idea especially to students who suffer from science phobia. I need more knowledge to work on and hope one day I can comprehend Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Knowing more, to me, is the most wonderful part of human life, and hence education should be inexpensive and available to all. By the way, I’m a Pisces. I love dreaming and using my imagination but I still behave seriously when it is important. Thank you for reading my brief bio and I hope you have a bright future.



    I am currently working as an Academic Peer Instructor in MAT 096 (Elementary Algebra). My main field of interest is in Art History with specialization in Chinese visual art and mathematics. Studying these two fields permits me to scrutinize late Ming dynasty art using a scientific approach and to be creative in solving math problems. Helping peer students in high-failure rate courses will be a valuable experience. Spring 2015 is going to be my first semester as an API. I am looking forward to meet you all and talk about math with a dash of history!



    My name is Marie Drapalova and I am a part of the API program. I tutor math because I personally love it and because I believe many students fear or hate it unnecessarily. I enjoy helping students discover that math is an amazing subject and can be very enjoyable. I am an electrical engineering major at City College and I hope that through my work as an API tutor some of my students will join me and become STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors.



    Hello all! My name is Angela Elia and I was born and raised in a tiny town in rural Wisconsin. I attended a very small environmental liberal arts college called Northland for my undergraduate studies. I pursued and achieved a degree there in Animal and Human Behavioral Psychology. I used this degree to travel all across North America doing everything from tracking wild wolves, bear and osprey, to teaching the blind and people with physical paralysis how to downhill ski with adaptive equipment. Before I moved to NYC, I lived on the side of a mountain in a small log cabin with no electricity and my only means of warming the cabin or cooking was to use the wood burning stove. Every day I could ski down the mountain to get to work and take the last lift to the top of the mountain to get home at night. After ski instructing, I became a wilderness therapy provider for adjudicated and at-risk juveniles. I spent the whole year living in the backcountry, mountains and high desert of Colorado out of a backpack, sleeping under the stars, no matter what the weather. After my contract ended, I was hired by the Boys Club of NY to run their adventure course located in NJ. I moved to the East Coast in 2006. After my contract ended with the Boys Club, I began walking and training companion animals in NYC. After seeing how many animals were dropped off and euthanized at the NYC shelters and shelters along the East Coast, I founded a non-profit animal rescue that takes dogs off death row and places them in loving homes. I began attending LaGuardia in the spring of 2013 to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. I look forward to being able to expand my knowledge about animals, and use my degree to help even more homeless pets. My goal is to complete LaGuardia and attend Veterinary School to become a DVM. Once this is achieved I am hoping to start a foundation that supplies homeless animals and poor families with appropriate medical care for their companion animals. It hopefully will be part of a larger program that offers sanctuary and rehabilitation to humans and animals. I began tutoring for API this fall 2013 semester and look forward to spreading my passion for learning and life to other students. My hope is that through this position I will help many people have a chance at understanding and mastering difficult subjects to help them pursue their goals in education and in life.



    My name is Juan Grafton. I am a Nursing major and I tutor SCR 210, which is Medical Surgical Nursing 1. This is my first year as an API tutor, but I am already finding it to be a very fulfilling experience. My goals for API are to both further my understanding of Medical Surgical Nursing by reviewing the course as a tutor and to also help students navigate this difficult course for themselves.



    My name is Enkeleid Hasko. I was born in Albania but raised in Italy. I’ve recently had the opportunity to come and study in the United States. I feel very privileged to be attending a college like La Guardia, a place where people from all around the world are studying and striving for the betterment of their lives and ultimately that of society as a whole. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with computers and I am fully convinced that humanity’s future is strictly connected with the amazing possibilities offered by these tools. Right now I am studying towards my Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and this is my second semester here at La Guardia Community College. I want to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and then pursue a Master’s Degree in the same field of study.I am lucky to have become part of this amazing team of people known as Academic Peer Instruction tutors, where we are all working towards the common goal of helping our fellow students achieve the fullest of their potential and master classes towards their majors. I am doing my part by tutoring Elementary Algebra (MAT096), an important but highly underestimated subject. I will do my best to help my students but remember: we can show you the road, you’re the one doing the walking!



    Hi, everyone! My name is Kun Huang and I come from China. My major is Liberal Arts: Math and Science. However, after transferring to a 4-year college, I plan to change my major to Secondary Education. My dream is to become an educator, specifically a high school math teacher. This dream is what led me to become an API tutor. For me, it is a great honor to work as an API tutor during this fall I 2004 semester for the course College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT 115), I will do my best to help students do better in this course. I enjoy helping students as well as pushing them to reach their full potential. If you are struggling with Mat 115 and want to join my study sessions, feel free to email me at : hk78443956@hotmail.com



    Hello! My name is Paul and I am from Bed-Sty, Brooklyn. I have been working in the API program as a mathematics tutor for many years. As a result I have found that I not only enjoy the challenge of working with students, tutoring different mathematics courses, but I have decided to pursue a career in Applied Mathematics.



    Hi! My name is Elena, and I am tutoring Organic Chemistry here at LaGuardia Community College. I decided to become an API tutor for this difficult course because I didn't have a tutor when I took this course a year ago. My passion for science has led me to a career in pharmacy. This fall I have applied to Long Island University’s Arnold and Marie Schwartz Pharmacy School. I am so pleased that I have been accepted and will start there in the fall of 2015.My biggest dream is to work in a hospital pharmacy, so I can closely monitor my patients, and be sure that their prescribed medications work properly.But for now I greatly enjoy and am proud to be a student and a mentor at LaGuardia - a true community college. It has provided me with a lifetime of opportunities!



    Hello, everyone! My name is Razma Khanam. I am currently a student at LaGuardia Community College and my major is Business Administration. However, I am planning to do my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. For me, it is a great honor to work as an API tutor during this Spring 2015, semester for the course called Principles of Accounting 1 (BTA 111). I hope that as an API tutor, I will be able to help as many students as possible to graduate on time and not let challenging course work get in their way.



    Hello, I am Shah Faisal Mazhar. You can call me “Abir.” My major is Liberal Arts: Math and Science. I’m from Bangladesh. I love math, physics and all kinds of strategic games. I am planning to become a Theoretical Physicist as I have some questions that I want to answer. I love science because it is the only power that can make us the best species in the world. Isn't it?This is the third time I’m doing API mentoring. API uses a different method of helping students in difficult subject by mentoring while motivating them at the same time. I’ve learnt how to be a coach rather than a tutor. In this Spring-2014 semester I’ll be the mentor of Statistics 1. So, welcome to all and let our journey begin!!!



    Hello there! My name is Camilo Mejia and I am an international student from Colombia. I am a Liberal Arts, Math and Science major here at LaGuardia. I plan to graduate following the spring 2014 semester. I’m very passionate about the environment, the earth, and the outdoors in general. For this reason, following graduation I want to go on to a senior college to pursue my bachelor’s degree in geology or environmental science so that I can contribute towards the research and preservation of our earth’s natural resources. During my two-year journey at LaGuardia, I have been able to acquire a great deal of knowledge and skills; and now, as an API leader for MAT 096 (Elementary Algebra), I am happy to be able to use those skills to help others succeed in achieving their academic goals.



    Hello! My name is Anastacia Pal. I am a paralegal studies major here at LaGuardia. I am also an API tutor. When I was in junior high school I had a teacher who realized that my problem in math was that I needed help in several areas. She took it upon herself to nurture me and help me truly understand the material even though I was sure that I was going to fail. Then when I was in high school, I became a math tutor to pass that help on and when I had the opportunity to join API and pay it forward, I took it. So now I am a tutor for Elementary Algebra (MAT 096) and I hope I can make a difference in the lives of the students. I tutor because I remember the difference my 8th grade teacher made for me.



    Hello, everyone! My name is Wilfredo Paulino, and I'm an Electrical Engineering Major. One of my main goals is to successfully become an Electrical Engineer. After that I want to continue with my studies and get a Doctorate title. As of me as an API Tutor, I tried this position because I enjoy math and I like it immensely. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge of the course because when I was in the process of learning the basic, I struggled so much because of the lack of help from tutors or someone that knew the material. Therefore, as a tutor I want to share my knowledge with others and do my best to make the ones who need it to understand how it works. I'm Tutoring "MATH096". It is hard but not impossible, there is always a way to solve the problem. Good luck and welcome to my tutoring sessions.



    Hi, everyone. My name is Krishan Roy. I am from Bangladesh, and have been living in the United States since July of 2013. My current major is Liberal arts: Social Science and Humanities. I am graduating this semester and want to major in Urban Studies in a four year institution. I am tutoring Elementary Algebra (MAT 096) this spring 15 semester for the Academic Peer Instruction program (API). Moreover, I really like to critically discuss philosophy and history. When it comes to these subjects, I often create a monologue rather than a dialogue! That is to say, I leave no room for anyone else to talk! However, I am not a bigot, and I am very open to different opinions. Besides math, if you are interested in philosophy, history or literature, feel free to contact me. This is my second time as a tutor. Since MAT 096 is a challenging course, we all need to work hard. Practice precedes success, and there is no other option than practice. I expect I will have a unique experience being an API coach, and a LaGuardia student at the same time. I am very excited to see some happy faces at the end of the semester.



    Hi! My name is Sebastian Sackey and I am currently a sophomore in my third semester at LaGuardia Community College as well as an API tutor in physics. A native of Ghana, I immigrated to the United States in 2000 at the age of six. I attended Samuel Gompers high school for my freshman year and then transferred to the High School of Arts and Technology on the Martin Luther King campus where I finished. My greatest passion is playing soccer, a sport through which I have learned discipline, diligence, and respect. I also enjoy playing chess in my free time. As a student majoring in mechanical engineering, and with an aspiration to have a career in this field, I also have a great love of physics and mathematics. For this reason I found the opportunity to be an API physics tutor the ideal means for me to express that interest. As an API leader, my goal is to engage my students in the subject they are studying and hopefully to help them gain the same passion that I have for this subject. After all, the only way to truly excel in anything in life is to enjoy it!



    Hello everyone. My name is Sara Saleh. I was born in Egypt. My major is Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science and Humanities. My dream is to become a math teacher, so it will be a great experience to be an API tutor. This will be the first semester that I tutor statistics (MAT 120). I always love to help others succeed and to achieve their goals in math.



    My name is Pitiwat Sangkhanit. I am a mechanical engineering student. Years ago I would not dare imagine myself as an engineering student or even as a college student. I failed all my classes in high school. I was told that my brain would be worth a lot of money if I sold it because it had not been used at all and was like a brand new item. I remember feeling heavily insulted by many people around me. However, now I am a student with a GPA of 3.9! My brain is still the same one I had years ago, but now I use it and I try to push it to its limit. Now I know I can do just almost anything I want if I really try. So I am planning to apply for some of the most challenging schools to test my limits and discover new opportunities. I want to thank LaGuardia Community College for giving me another chance so that I could prove to myself that I can achieve academically. Someday, I would like to be a teacher educating younger generations. I plan to always tell them “You can do almost anything in the world if you only try hard enough.”



    My name is Kriti Shrestha. I am a nursing student at LaGuardia Community College. I started studying at LaGuardia in the spring of 2012. I chose to study nursing because I think there is no greater pleasure in life than giving care, love and a smile. Making patients feel better is a major part of a nurse’s role. Since I have enrolled in the nursing program I have had the chance to visit a few hospitals in my clinical round sand have come to love this profession even more. I love going to the hospitals, talking to patients, teaching them about their health and sometimes learning from them about how important our lives are, and how important it is to follow a healthy lifestyle. I chose to join API because I felt it is one of the programs at the college that helps students just like me.



    Hi! I am Laverne Summers, and I am a Community Health Worker and Human Services major at LaGuardia Community College. I intend to transfer to Hunter College to do an Interdisciplinary CUNY Baccalaureate Degree and then fast forward to either CUNY Law School or NYU to get a law degree (Juris Doctorate). I am an advocate and Immigration issues are my passion. I am also a community grassroots leader and that is why I want to earn a law degree. With this degree I can aim is to be at the decision making level so that I best help the community. I believe very strongly that the policies that affect communities should have input from the people who know them. As a naturalized American my Immigrant background gives me the cultural, socioeconomic and political dynamics that affect others especially the immigrants here in New York City. My personal standard and motto is “Excellence.” I want to see every student excel; not just get by.



    Hello everyone. My name is Doris Tamayo. I am from Peru, and came to the UnitedStates seven years ago. I started my journey at LaGuardia Community College during the fall of 2013. Now I am a sophomore majoring in biology. My dream has always been to become a pediatrician. This is why I plan on transferring to a senior college to obtain my Bachelor's Degree and continue my education until I achieve this goal. One of the main reasons why I have chosen to become a pediatrician is because I love interacting with children and helping them become well. Finally, I am so pleased that API is giving me the opportunity to help students succeed in MAT 96.



    Hello there! My name is Alison Valbuena. I came from Colombia 2 years ago and I’ve been a LaGuardia student for one year. I’m currently majoring in Environmental Engineering. I believe that math and life are games. But because I believe they are games, it does not mean they are easy, but interesting. Games have rules, tricks, strategies, and moments of frustration, fear and excitement. So do mathematics and life. Being an API leader for Mat 96, is the greatest opportunity I ever had to help students do well in math and find their way to solve problems. My main lesson is “APPLY YOURSELF”! That will help you get anything you want”. 3 hours of games + 8 hours studying = success. Who would think that I was going to become an engineer when I was taking mat96? Nothing is impossible. That’s why I want my students to believe in themselves and chase their dreams.



    Hello everyone. My name is Anderson Valencia and I am a native New Yorker. I am currently pursuing my degree in psychology. I became interested in psychology because I truly want to understand people. I myself am not a fan of math and now to be a tutor in this subject is actually quite ironic and funny. But I truly do want to help other students succeed and I know that many students struggle with it. Therefore, if I can facilitate better understanding of the material in the course, Elementary Algebra (MAT 96) then I am more than glad to be a tutor for Academic Peer Instruction (API).



    Hi. My name is Monika Vidaich and I came from Croatia seven years ago. Loving math and meeting challenges by solving problems brought me to the successful completion of my Associate’s Degree at LaGuardia Community college, majoring in Math and Science. Back in Croatia, I always wanted to help students to love and understand math and having tutored back then, I realized that I could teach math while making it fun and interesting. Now, that I am able to help students, I am taking this opportunity to help them learn. I became an API tutor for MAT 096 (Elementary Algebra) and I hope that I will be of much help and learn a lot from this experience.



    Hi. My name is Fangzhou Wang but most people call me David. I am tutoring SSY 101: General Psychology this semester. This is my second semester attending LaGuardia and my first working with the API program. I am a Math and Science major and plan on pursuing a career in secondary education. I enjoy tutoring because it is a great way of reinforcing my own knowledge while helping others. As a tutor, I try to make what my students are studying feel interesting and applicable to their lives. I also welcome and encourage active participation and engagement in the learning process. My goal is not only to help my students pass a challenging course but also for them to enjoy the process and walk away feeling more confident about their academic skills in general.



    My name is Alejandro Zarate and this is my first semester as an API tutor. I currently tutor SCC 201: General Chemistry 1. This is my second semester here at LaGuardia and I came in a post-Baccalaureate student. I am taking a few classes both in the social and natural sciences that are requirements for medical school. So far, I feel that progress has been made and LaGuardia has been a great place for this. I’ve met fantastic professors and I’m happy be here. I am grateful for the opportunity at API and I intend to stay with the API family as long as I can.




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