UW Pipeline Project

Geetika Mukkamala

“I was initially going back and forth between major and career options, but being a tutor has helped me find a home in the School of Social Work.”

How did you discover Pipeline?

I discovered Pipeline during my Advising and Orientation session. I was looking through various FIG programs and found a FIG that included service learning, and I was immediately drawn. When I later researched the program, I loved the program’s commitment to tutoring underserved students in the Seattle area.

How has being a tutor impacted your goals and dreams for the future?

Being a tutor for the past year at Rainier Beach has helped me realize my passion for helping marginalized communities, and especially students of those communities. I was initially going back and forth between major and career options, but being a tutor has helped me find a home in the School of Social Work.

What are you working on at your current tutoring site?

I tutor at the after-school tutoring sessions at Rainier Beach High School, and the students I work with come with questions from anything about their homework to filling out their FAFSAs and applying to college.

What is a favorite memory you have while doing your work?

My favorite memory has been returning as a tutor to Rainier Beach. I thought a lot of my students would have forgotten me, but when I walked back in this year, all of them exclaimed my name, and it was very heartwarming to know that they remembered me and served as a reminder for me about how meaningful tutoring is.

 

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