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Review for Squash Smarts Inc, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love SquashSmarts. It has been like a 2nd home to me in Philadelphia. As a senior in college, I have undoubtedly experienced struggles, joys, triumphs, and failures. Considering all of this, SquashSmarts has served two purposes, simultaneously. It was (and still is!) a safe haven and a place to bond with wonderful individuals. I have always believed that age is not a number. This cliche definitely rings true when I think of SquashSmarts. Despite the age level (middle-school aged), I have developed genuine friendships with many of my tutees. This avenue allows me to understand each student's grasp of self-esteem, self-efficacy, and self-determination. This three-pronged topic is highly important for me. I myself have had to confront differing aspects of this situation. So, it only makes sense that I feel so strongly about helping others in this department. Because there are certain disparities in our upbringings, I must force myself to not only be sympathetic, but step inside each student's shoes. I must work hard to identify with their unique struggles. Often, I am saddened that the students must face family deaths or home displacement, among other uncontrollable situations. Those are circumstances that I have not had to overcome. In closing, adversity is a huge word in my vocabulary. SquashSmarts and all who work for its cause strive to either alleviate adversity's symptoms or dare I say, eradicate it in totality. Either way, I am proud to be part of Squash Smarts. It makes me and my friends feel strong and happy!

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Role:  Volunteer