I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Washington during my senior year of high school. Dr. Washington had assisted me with my college transition process to college and helped me create a strategic plan to graduate on time. I was able to gain knowledge of the resources I needed to use on my college campus to maximize my college experience, such as who and where to get scholarships and grants. In addition, Dr. Washington provided me with study tools that I was able to use in college, which were very helpful when studying and doing my 20 pages literature reviews. Coming into college, I was not the best test taker, but with Dr. Washington 1-1 mentoring sessions made much more confidence in my ability to do so. Dr. Washington mentoring and guidance helped me streamline my academic process since I had the knowledge and proper tools to navigate college. I was able to take 18 credits a semester and graduate early with Summa Cum Laude. You may think you know everything about the college transition process but working with Dr. Washington will make you realize that there are gaps in your knowledge. With Dr. Washington expertise and years in the higher education field will give you an eye-opener experience.
Being a straight A/B student, I take pride in my passion to learn and ability to ask for help when need be. I was however not confident in my skills and what I brought to the table academically to make me just as qualified as any other individual. Also, I suffered with communicating my interests/goals to other for a long time. Dr. Washington helped me reword and revise things such as my objectives, actions, and plans to be more understandable for future connections. One example of how Dr. Washington has helped me was allowing me to first to see that I am valuable and to start believing in myself and the progress that I have already made within my academics thus far. After graduation, I still struggled with finding my passions. She helped me realize important steps to pivot direction and help me see what I was good at, what I wanted to do, the requirements to achieve my goal, and finally a plan to determine how long it would take me to accomplish it. Also, she made me realize that by having a STEM background I already acquired many transferable skills that made me just as qualified and proficient as anyone else.
Currently I am in the last semester to obtain my master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. I still implement lessons that we discussed as I am finishing my candidacy program. Lessons such as not to feel like I am behind in life, different ways that I can utilize my degree in the future, and most importantly the word “FAIL” simply means first attempt in learning. It is alright to have setbacks however it is what one does after those setbacks that matters for the future.
Working with Dr. Washington was completely different compared to past mentors. Since she has a strong skills in communication, she can take whoever she is working with on any level and use her flexibility to cater to what they might need help with. An example is her going out of her way to connect me with professionals in different fields that I expressed interest in to receive feedback and tips for success. Mentorship with Dr. Washington is continuous because she still checks on me and provides positive words of encouragement as time progresses. It is her words of wisdom that help push me and times where feel like giving up, words ensure me that I am alright and will get through anything. Another result was after helping me revisit my resume and polish it to pinpoint my achievements and skills, I started receiving more job interviews and connections.
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Any student that is considering hiring Dr. Washington as their academic coach-tutor is making an investment in their future. I am very thankful to have Dr. Washington as a mentor. Most mentors are hard on their students which is often needed for necessary lessons that can be taught, however being very flexible, Dr. Washington knows that I am extremely hard on myself which means that she took another method of guidance. I feel that is a key aspect in any mentorship. By communication and guidance, she was able to guide me back to the right path. She did this by always being willing to share her skills and expertise while also taking the time and commitment to support me. As time continues, I have learned that Dr. Washington is a mentor that cares for me and my future success. I would definitely hire Dr. Washington to any person pursuing career/educational/life advancement in any form!
I always excelled academically in my courses, however, I noticed that my light didn’t shine as bright for opportunities outside of the classroom. Over the years I became discouraged to submit applications for college, scholarships, and jobs because of my previous shortcomings. My professors and peers knew I was a well-rounded and hard-working student; however, I wasn’t sure how to properly communicate my strengths to the outside world.
I am so grateful for Dr. Washington’s guidance, hard-work and patience. I can wholeheartedly say she is the reason why I was selected to be a Columbia University HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Fellow. This prestigious fellowship provides full academic scholarships to HBCU alumni to receive their master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. When I was first nominated for the position, I was immediately hit with imposter syndrome and began to doubt myself because of previous disappointments. Dr. Washington showed me how to present myself to others in a way to show off my strengths and abilities. I had done all the hard work, however, she strategically helped with the wording and structure of my application to make me the best candidate. Dr. Washington broke down the process into manageable deadlines so that we could stay on top of everything and not cramp at the last moment.
In addition to being selected for the fellowship, Dr. Washington also worked with me to secure a summer internship with the New York State Health Foundation.
To this day, I still use Dr. Washington’s lessons and guidance to further my education and professional journey. I was able to use the skills she showed me in other spaces like resumes, cover letters, and job interviews. For example, instead of saying how I can benefit from attending this university, Dr. Washington would encourage me to explain what I can bring to the table based on my previous experiences and accomplishments.
I met with Dr. Washington on a bi-weekly basis to complete the Columbia HBCU fellowship. At first, I was very nervous because I was not confident in my writing and I was worried about the negative feedback I would receive. To my surprise Dr. Washington was very pleasant and patient throughout the whole process. She was very clear and concise while giving feedback and I quickly saw how much my writing improved over a short period of time.
I started to look forward to our meetings, and even after I completed the application for the fellowship I still asked for her assistance on applications. For example, I applied for the Delaware State University Presidential Leadership Award and I reached out to Dr. Washington to ask if she could glance over the final draft and provide feedback. Despite her already heavy workload, she made time to help and that is such an important quality to have as an academic coach-tutor. She has a true passion for helping her students and it shows through her compassionate actions.
With the world constantly changing and education becoming more accessible, there is now more competition for schools, internships, scholarships, and jobs. Sometimes having good grades is not enough and admission recruiters want to see more. These are the things that school does not prepare us for. Rely on an expert like Dr. Washington who can give insight about academic coaching and tutoring.
Sometimes you have to work smarter not harder. Trying to balance everyday life with school, work, family, and health is demanding. Instead of just adding more to your plate, find an academic coach-tutor like Dr. Washington that will help you bridge the gap to your goals and dreams.
M.S. '19, Nonprofit Management, Columbia University
B.S. '18, Public Health, Delaware State University
My academic confidence was average, I believed in my abilities, but I quickly realized that I had a long way to go if I was going to achieve the goals that I set for myself academically.
When applying to my program, I was struggling with my purpose statement. Although I had a good foundation, with the assistance of the Study Buddee Coach, I was able to add depth to my statement. This guidance also helped me find my way as I continued to explore my doctoral aspirations.
Although my program is still in progress, I often refer to writing tips and structural feedback discussed in our sessions, including the importance of data analysis.
My experience was one of close guidance and solid feedback. There were instances where I may have missed critical points of emphasis in my work. The ability to learn from my mistakes and fall forward was essential to my growth in academia.
If you are looking for a mentor to help you build where you are weak, then the Study Buddee Coach is the one for you. You will have an opportunity to grow from a mentor that has worked with every type of student. The tips and feedback you will receive will be valuable long after your sessions have concluded.
Before I started working with Dr. Washington, I was an honor student however my academic confidence did not match with my performance. I really had to work hard to achieve decent grades so at times I felt inadequate compared to my classmates because certain concepts did not come easy for me.
As a student in NUCLEUS, Dr. Washington took me and four other students to the 9th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in St. Louis, MO. Not only was this my first time ever attending a national conference, but it was also my first time ever presenting scientific research at the undergraduate poster presentation exhibit. I was so nervous and stuttering over my words! I remember Dr. Washington pulled me aside, placed her hand on my shoulder and calmly saying to me “relax, you got this”.
That was the confidence booster I needed to finally break away from my anxiety and unleash the power within me. To my surprise a recruiter from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health was in the audience. She and her colleague were impressed with my research and poise. Later that year, I had an interview for admission to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I truly owe my scientific and academic confidence to Dr. Washington because she saw the potential in me that I had yet to realize until the ABRCMS conference.
I did not realize how far advanced I was regarding my research experiences and professionalism until I graduated from college and got a taste of the “real world”. I can wholeheartedly affirm that Dr. Washington’s mentorship and being a student in the NUCLEUS Program was the reason I was better prepared. I graduated from college nine years ago and I STILL use and remember the lessons Dr. Washington taught me today. She has without a doubt been a key factor towards my professional success.
Dr. Washington always showed us (her students) “tough love” in the NUCLEUS office. She let us know from the beginning her expectations of us as student leaders and science majors. I loved working in the NUCLEUS office with Dr. Washington because I knew she always had my best interest and I felt comfortable enough to come to her with personal issues.
After I graduated from college and our official mentoring relationship ended, I joined the United States Army in 2013. When I became a Medical Service Corps Officer, I had the opportunity to become a mentor to younger enlisted soldiers. I taught my soldiers the same professional and academic lessons Dr. Washington taught me. Once I decided to get out of the service to obtain my Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD), Dr. Washington was there to mentor me through the application process and wrote a letter of recommendation on my behalf.
Dr. Washington’s academic and professional mentoring services are great for young high school and college students looking to excel academically and stand out amongst their peers. Specifically, students interested in a STEM related career because 1) she has a wealth of knowledge in science and academia, 2) access to indefinite STEM research opportunities, and 3) knows what committee members look for in applicants for acceptance into graduate and undergraduate programs.