UAB Honors College: Meet Ameen Barghi
One of my high school teachers, she is probably
one of the biggest influences I’ve had, she said it was developing the personal relationships
with her students, seeing them go from looking at a math test and thinking, “Oh my gosh,
I don’t know what any of this means,” to getting awards and trophies and competing with some
of the best competitors around the nation. That culmination, the timeline, is really
what she wanted to see and I have used that as my personal motivator. I initially got
started with teaching a class at Bessemer High School because one of the mothers of
the students there was looking for an ACT book while I was searching for a book for
the MCAT. I immediately said, “You want the red one, that’s the best one,” and we started
talking about the ACT, and 45 minutes in, I had already committed to teaching a class.
When I went to Bessemer High School to work, to even get a classroom, I had to meet with
the principal, like three times. But, I had given her my CV, she knew that I was a Goldwater
Scholar, so how do we get started. I actually expected that motivation would be the biggest
problem, but it wasn’t. They knew that the ACT was an important metric. It was just showing
them the little shortcuts that they never had thought existed. Providing them with practice
questions, working with them with certain problems. They actually got it much faster
than I would have when I was in high school. My best success story was a girl who originally
gotten a 15 on the ACT, and then we worked for about two weeks with her and her score
went up to a 20, so it was a difference between no college and actually some scholarship.
In high school I realized that whatever you are good at, you should always try to grow
on, because if you are good at it then there is a bigger chance that you can use your skills
to help nurture or flourish someone else’s desires and passions.