On Wednesday, January 31st, I went to Lincoln International Highschool in Downtown Minneapolis to meet with the person who is in charge of volunteers at the highschool. His name is Chris Neven and he was very helpful and super nice to work with. I had to fill out paper work about what activities I'm involved in and write down references and so forth. The high school doesn't look like a typical highschool; I found out later from one of my friends who is also tutoring there that it used to be a bank. There's a big safe door downstairs in the basement that leads into a library and it looks very cool. From the outside of the building it's hard to tell that it's a high school. I love it's location though because it's really nice to just have to take to the 16 downtown and then walk 3 blocks to the highschool, it's super convenient compared to the other options I had for volunteering. When I was trying to find where I was supposed to meet with Chris the students were very helpful and welcoming. It helped me feel a lot more comfortable in this environment that I wasn’t used to. I grew up in a town of 26,000, so it wasn’t that big and it’s a predominantly white community. My graduating class had one black person in it and the rest were white so this highschool has very different demographics than my own, obviously. It’ll be interesting to go to the school every week.
I'm very excited to start tutoring. I think it's going to be so interesting to talk to international high school students and learn about them and how they learn English because I've heard that it's very hard language to learn. I'm volunteering every Wednesday from 11-1 and I'm very excited! =)