Jing Yi has been a volunteer tutor with Impart since February this year.
"I actually joined Impart on a whim. Within my first month of working full-time, I realised how easy it is to drown in your work and wanted to do something meaningful with my time, and forming this relationship with my tutee has been this for me.
To be honest, I wasn’t always a good student myself. I was failing math and brought my secondary school report card to share this story with her one session. I told her that I’ve been that kind of student, I’ve been in your place. I failed before but I worked hard and saw results in the end. The way her face lit up with hope is something I’ll never forget. My youth is really quiet and she doesn’t open up about her feelings much, so even though it’s small, it’s a favourite memory of mine.
While getting to know her once, I noticed some of her casual doodles. I told her they were really great and asked if she wanted to do something art related in the future. She just looked at me like, ‘Wow, I can do that?’ I guess right now secondary school feels like the entirety of her life. So it's really fulfilling to plant little ideas into her head about what the future could hold."
Image provided by Jing Yi.