I am writing my essay and could someone possibly have a look at this sentence for me, please?

My strong passion for education stems from my experience with Jack Liu, a teenage English learner who I tutored during my freshman year.

Which one is correct, 'during my freshman year' or 'in my freshman year'?
BTW, I am currently a senior college student.

  • As an aside, the more formally "correct" variation is whom, but who is okay too. – CowperKettle Dec 28 '15 at 10:49
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    There is a difference. Read a related question -- during or in. Or just google for "during or in" or "prepositions of time". 30 seconds' worth of googling brought me this: "When we are talking about the whole of the period we use during, not in." – CowperKettle Dec 28 '15 at 10:56
  • Thank you CopperKettie. I think 'during' would be fitter here since I was referring to a long time period. – Iris Gao Dec 28 '15 at 11:00
  • Do refer ell.stackexchange.com/questions/53851/… too. Cheers – Varun Nair Dec 28 '15 at 11:04

I would use

whom I tutored during my freshman year

since it was a duration of time

all during my freshman year

You would use in for a specific event which happened

I began tutoring in my freshman year

Either during or in would be understandable, but if you are applying to graduate school, you may want to make the distinction.

[NB: your writing style sounds very AmE ]

  • "Both will have basically the same." ? I think you missed a word. – Varun Nair Dec 28 '15 at 11:02
  • Thank you so much, Peter. And it's amazing that you even point out that my writing style sounds AmE. Is this style appropriate and formal for my application essay for graduate programs in the States? ( I've heard that British English writing style is more formal. ) – Iris Gao Dec 28 '15 at 11:05
  • Yes, it is, very much so, you will want to emphasis what makes you different than the other candidates, don't just say your passion give examples. They will want to know what you acheived both inside and outside the classroom. Good luck! – Peter Dec 28 '15 at 11:11
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    @Peter Just a heads-up: it's achieved not acheived. – Flonne Dec 20 '18 at 18:12

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