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When Crystal Dennison began her studies at Nichols in 2009, she never knew how much she was capable of achieving. She has come a long way since then ultimately becoming a head tutor in the Academic Resource Center during her senior year. The Center provides academic support to students through individual, group tutoring and review sessions, in-class workshops, and much more.
“Serving in the ARC has been one of the best opportunities I have ever had. I developed a strong passion for tutoring, and as head tutor I was able to encourage other tutors to feel the same way,” she says. “Yet above all, I have been able to help my fellow classmates in times of need, and that has been the most rewarding aspect.”
As a result of her passion for tutoring and her role as head tutor, Dennison was asked to chair the 19th Annual New England Peer Tutor Association Spring Conference held on the Nichols campus on April 6th. Dennison found that the conference provided her with an entirely new avenue for exploring her minor, Business Communications. “It proved to me that I could do anything if I work hard enough at it. The conference was challenging primarily because I did not have any prior experience hosting events; however, it proved to be tremendously rewarding,” she explains.
In her role as the conference chair, Dennison dealt with logistical and planning details, used her problem-solving skills to handle issues and emceed the conference which was attended by nearly 300 attendees. “Throughout this experience, I was pushed to not only act as a leader, but as a professional. I am truly grateful for the experience.”
As a result of her leadership roles and service, Dennison was honored at Commencement with the Arthur J.C. Underhill Award for best representing the ideals of the College. In the fall, she will pursue a Master’s degree in English at Clark University where she was awarded a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship.
Crystal Dennison and Marissa Loon, Director of the Academic Resource Center, discuss the mentor/mentee relationship they have built