How Life has Improved Since Graduation

Graduation is a monumental milestone. This Tutor in Tinseltown blog post by Stephanie Ortega details how life has changed since graduating high school.

With graduation season upon us, and the realization that my 10 year high school reunion is coming up, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. Graduation is a monumental milestone in life, whether it’s high school, college, university, or graduate school. And so, I wanted to share how my life has changed (for the better, generally) since I graduated with my International Baccalaureate high school diploma. Continue reading “How Life has Improved Since Graduation”

Nerd(y) Girl Secrets Finally Exposed

confessions of a nerd(y) girl

Nerd(y) Girl Secrets Finally Exposed

Ok… I have some thoughts on being a nerd. Almost every time I’m meeting a new student, at some point in our first few sessions I tell them I’m nerdy, dorky and geeky. They’re going to figure it out pretty quickly anyway, I’m not good at hiding it. And I wouldn’t want to hide it anyway. Like I tell my students, “nerdy” is just a word bullies use to make you feel bad about being smart. In reality, being told that you’re smart and like intellectual things is a compliment. Look at me, I love math, prefer printed books over Kindles, use paper-and-pencil planners instead of using my phone, wear onesies pretty much every minute that I’m home, and own 9 fountain pens. I have a pretty serious obsession with Microsoft Excel (a spreadsheet processor) and love Star Trek and Pixar movies. Not only am I sort of a nerd, but I even surround myself with dorky people. My best friend is a chemist and my fiance not only runs his own server, but also runs Linux on one of the computers has has put together from spare parts. Continue reading “Nerd(y) Girl Secrets Finally Exposed”