March 27, 2017 Mentorship Mondays
Every Monday, we like to profile a mentor and mentee relationship between two highly successful and influential people. Mentorship is a vital component of success, which is why our Tutor-Mentors focus on giving their students guidance not only in their academics but in all walks of life.
Oprah Winfrey’s friendship with Maya Angelou began in her 20s, when Oprah was a reporter at the beginning of her career and had the opportunity to interview the poet. At this time, Oprah had already felt the life-affirming power of reading Angelou’s poetry. After first reading Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she said, “Meeting Maya on those pages was like meeting myself in full. For the first time, as a young black girl, my experience was validated.” As the years went on, the two American icons became close friends.
Angelou went on to become what Oprah described as her “mentor-mother-sister-friend”. She gave her advice that changed her approach to her life and career. Oprah once asked Angelou what she would say to a younger version of herself, and Angelou said, “I would encourage her to forgive. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” When Angelou turned 70, Oprah had rented a cruise ship for the writer and 150 of their closest friends, going to visit the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico.
Mentorship is just an important a part of what we do at TutorBright as tutoring. We’re more than a tutoring service, and in addition to giving students homework help with their science and math questions, we give them mentorship in all aspects of life. Our Tutor-Mentors are problem solvers, dedicated to helping students with challenges in their academic lives as well as their social lives.
000It’s true that not all learning is done in the classroom, but without the structure of tests, assignments, and deadlines,
001This week’s Spotlight Tutor-Mentor is Eiger Tolledo! Eiger teaches math in Scarborough. He is a graduate of U of T