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Going into college, I knew I wanted to join an assortment of clubs, some engineering and some not. When I heard about USC’s Asian American Tutorial Project (AATP as it is affectionately known), I thought it would be a perfect fit for me. AATP’s mission is to tutor elementary school students in Los Angeles’s Chinatown. I have always loved working with kids, and all the club members seemed super nice, so I decided to join.

One and a half semesters later, I’m so happy I made this choice! This year due to COVID-19, the tutoring is virtual, but still beneficial for the elementary students. Last semester, we focused on our Online Video Curriculum, educational videos on fun topics like cooking, how to make slime, and optical illusions. 

Now this semester, AATP is conducting virtual tutoring sessions through Zoom and also a pen pal program. I really enjoy interacting with the students and making online education fun. 


AATP YouTube page, please check it out! 

Additionally, through AATP, I am able to meet many cool USC students of all different majors. Since I am an engineering major, I am susceptible to remaining in an engineering student bubble as most of my classes are with other Viterbi students. I am glad that USC has these multidisciplinary clubs so that I can go beyond engineering, meet new people, and give back to the community. There are many opportunities for Viterbi students to go beyond engineering (engineering plus!), and I definitely recommend trying them out for a well rounded college experience.

Jocelyn Tsai