“I have always gotten satisfaction and have made a large impact on many people as an active EL Nido Board Member and as an Executive Service Corps consultant,” says Fred Samulon.
However, he notes that tutoring allowed him to make a “personal connection and a noticeable impact on one individual.”
Virtual tutoring during the pandemic gave him the opportunity to use an entirely different set of skills. “It was great that Zeda, the student I tutored, was already motivated to do well in school but there was one subject that challenged her most, Algebra. “This is where I came in the picture. It was rewarding to see her consistently get straight A’s in all subjects, including math. I was really helping her.”
In the fall Zeda will be entering Saint Mary’s College in Inglewood and plans to be a medical doctor. Samulon was pleased that he was able to arrange a Zoom call with her and a pediatrician, who is a professor of medicine and interim dean of Charles Drew University’s Medical School.
“Giving Zeda an opportunity to ask questions, have a role model, and a possible contact in the future, made me feel a real sense of accomplishment. I will long remember my days of tutoring Zeda, filling her with hope in a time when our world was hopeless.”