Tutor profile: Celia J.
Write about an experience with water.
"Hit it!" I yelled. For a brief moment, my heart stopped. Time stood still as my dad pressed on the gas, lurching the boat forward through the lake. I gripped the rope and pressed my feet against the board while leaning back, straining the muscles in my shoulders. The process was like a game of tug-of-war. I popped up like a cork and twisted the board sideways in a single, fluid motion. I watched the wake form around me and settled into a rhythm with the water. The white ripples disappeared behind me as quickly as they'd formed. I heard cheering from the boat, but I was too enraptured with the scene around me to notice. I tugged my right hand on the handle and glided outside the wake, bending my knees to absorb the impact. I'd missed the familiar jolt of dropping into the water. We'd woken at the crack of dawn, and the pale light of the sunrise gleamed on the lake's surface. The water was as smooth as glass. That was how my dad described it, when no other boats could cause a ripple to interfere with my movements. I crossed the wake again, never failing to admire the beauty around me. I heard the rumble of the engine before I saw the red boat racing toward us. Seconds later, huge waves threatened to dislodge my position. I gritted my teeth and bent my knees once again. The front of the wakeboard dipped under the water and I knew it was over. I fell forward, and cool water swept over me. My hands still stung from the handle as I popped back up to the surface with a grin on my face. Oh, how I love the water.
Subject: College Admissions
Imagine a conversation with your ten-year-old self. What would you say?
Dear Ten-Year-Old Me, Right now, it is easy to focus on the little things in life. Events like a bad test grade or an unfortunate student council election may feel like the end of the world. Right now, they make up your entire world. You have never made friends beyond your hometown, or even outside of your elementary school with sixty students per grade. There is an entire world of happiness and heartbreak to explore beyond your backyard. For now, don't worry about the small inconveniences in life. Ten years from now, you will look back at them and laugh. Instead, take full advantage of what life has to offer. Spend time with your family, walk the dog, and enjoy your last elementary school talent show. Everything you want will come in time. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. Sincerely, Your Older Self
Subject: US History
How did women's roles evolve in the 20th century?
Women have worked outside the home throughout America's history. In the beginning of the 20th century, many women worked as maids, or in factories with poor work conditions. Women enjoyed more freedom during the 1920s, which is evident in their styles of dress and increased job opportunities. During the Great Depression, many women were criticized from taking jobs from men, although they often required these positions to feed themselves and their families. The Great Depression ended as World War II began. Men left to fight in the war, and as a result, many women found jobs to support the war effort. When the war ended, women were expected to return to the home and support the 'nuclear family.' Many women rebelled against these gender norms during the 1960s and 1970s, during the period of second-wave feminism. During this time, women found opportunities in sports, academia, and the job market. Though there was a more conservative push in the 1980s, women's rights have expanded greatly in recent decades as a result of developments in the 20th century.