Going to an international school back in Indonesia, I can safely say that I appreciate and understand other people s nationality and culture. Through my appreciation towards other culture, I always seek for an opportunity to join any outside school and inside school activities whenever I can. During my senior year, an opportunity came to me when I was offered to become an English tutor in the English as a Second Language division at my friend s tutoring center. When I accepted this position I constantly thought that learning a language would be harder than teaching it, but as time progressed, being an English tutor proved me wrong. Being a tutor helped to assess crucial skills including patient, determination, and critical. I learn that a good tutor does not only help a student in overcoming a problem, but a good tutor must also realize and understand that every student might learn in different ways. During my tutoring time, I remembered that my supervisor would often remind me that I was not a proofreading machine, and it was my duty to motivate my tutees to not only study for getting higher grades, but also to be eager learners. As an ESL tutor, the main things I concentrated on were the grammar, contents, and the structure of the paper. Tutoring my tutees, however, shaped me to be more patient as it was a vital tool for teaching them. I had encountered many people with different characteristics, and everyday at that time, I always found a way to handle those people. Some students wanted to listen to my advice, and some did not satisfy with my advice and would keep on arguing. Nevertheless, I always determined to teach and give the best information for these students. A young girl approached me for a proofread, and I told her I could not just proofread her paper. She then stared her paper, and her teardrops trembled down her face. In spite of having a lot of tutees, I never encountered this kind of situation, and I did not know what to do. She kept on crying, and all I just did was to console her slowly. She explained to me she just got into an international school, and writing a paper in English language was her biggest fear since she never did before. Negative feedbacks from her teacher became her demotivation and led to fear. When she told me she was so busy with school and involved with many different extracurricular activities and volunteering commitments, I was briefly overwhelmed myself. Besides, she said that her parents pushed her to do everything and ace them. I could see her determination for success, despite her being over-pressured. Facing this kind of situation, I could see her struggle to have a firsthand experience of learning the English language from a non-native tongue. Then, my critical thinking came to a huge part of my decision, and I decided to try my best to help her. Despite the fact that I had much schoolwork to do, I managed my time efficiently and committed to myself. I just believed in myself that I could help her, and it was my responsibility to help her in any possible way to make sure that she did not give up. Especially, I needed to make sure she kept on trying to maintain her determination to learn. Immediately, I asked her to give me her weekly schedule, and other kinds of English work she had done in class. Upon receiving the files on the next day, I looked and analyzed each of them. I was amazed how organized she was before compiling her research into a whole paper. She had the outline papers, research printed, and I knew right a way where she had her problem at; she just had a problem in word choice and MLA formatting style in her essays. Looking through at her weekly schedule, I tried to find gap hours for her to study. The next time she returned, I prepared a week study plan for her focusing on vocabulary and another week to focus on MLA formatting styles. I repetitively reminded her to not pressure herself in one day. It was more important to study step by step and make sure she understood each of the components. Before leaving, she put a sincere smile on her face and told me she would do her best to be independent and to be better in her English class. As several weeks passed, she came back to me and showed me her improvement in her next paper. She looked so happy on her teacher s positive feedbacks. As an appreciation, she thanked me by unexpectedly giving me a box of cookies. Through this experience, I am so grateful that I once had the opportunity to help other students who also want to achieve success, and I am blessed this experience has enhanced my skills and capabilities.