Introducing our talented tutors: An interview with Ann Norris
August 20, 2013
Our tutors aren’t just SAT-lovers – they’re interesting, multifaceted individuals! So that you can get to know some of the quirks that make them unique, we have asked each of them to answer a set of six questions, some silly and some serious. We hope that you will enjoy getting to know them as much as we have!
Without further ado… Ann Norris…
1. When you were a kid what was your dream job? What about now?
As a kid I read almost every Nancy Drew mystery and dreamed of spending my days sleuthing and solving crimes.
Now, I hope to become a physician. Currently, I am interested in working in women’s health or emergency medicine.
2. Tell us about your nerdiest moment.
I really, really like R2D2 from Star Wars. The summer before my freshman year of college I purchased a “documentary” about R2D2’s film career entitled Beneath the Dome. I forgot to take it out of my DVD case when I went to school, so when everyone borrowed my Gilmore Girls DVD’s they also discovered my R2D2 obsession.
3. What do you like to do when you are not tutoring?
When I am not tutoring or studying for classes I enjoy: spending time with friends, trying new exercise fads (aerial yoga most recently), baking, reading, and watching bad reality TV with my roommate. I also love taking trips to Maine and try to go as much as possible, especially during ski season.
4. What draws you to teaching and/or tutoring?
I really enjoyed my experience working with a student one-to-one as a mentor in college and am excited about working in this capacity again. I remember how stressful taking the SAT and applying to college was and I look forward to helping current high school students get their best scores.
5. If you had to watch one TV show on repeat for 24 hours, what would it be?
The Mindy Project!
6. What advice would you give to your high school self when you were going through the college process?
I became fixated on one school very early on and was devastated when I applied early and got deferred (and eventually rejected). I didn’t research the other schools I was applying to as much as I should have because I was so determined to get into this school. It’s great to have a school/schools that you’re really excited about but I think it’s important to thoroughly research every school on your list and make sure you can see yourself there. It’s also important to keep in mind that a large part of being successful after college is being engaged and involved while in school.