I feel that these two selections are good examples and should teach us a lot about where other people are coming from when we try to teach them. Some of the students tutoring are volunteering at places that are housing refugees, much like the people in the two readings. Although for many of us, it may just seem like a place we go once a week for a couple of hours and then forget it until the next time we are there or in class, these people have to live this 24/7. I think that it is important for us, as both students and humans, to realize that the people we are working with may be dealing with deep emotional trauma or equally damaging psychological pain. For example, the mother in the second story had obvious been subjected to many painful experiences, which is evident from her refusal to travel in a car or even leave the house. Her shyness to try to learn English also proved a point of self oppression. It is our job as tutors to understand that the people we work with have the potential to move mountains but sometimes they simply do not have the opportunity, such as the girl from the first story, who attended college for a couple years was forced to drop out once her father could no longer pay for her tuition. But she continued to work and eventually was able to finish her degree. In conclusion, it is obvious that our students are interested in learning, but I feel that we must be fully into teaching them as well.