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Meet UGS Students

Mariette Peltier
Major: Business Honors, Supply Chain Management, Psychology
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

As a tutor in the Sanger Learning Center, Mariette helps UT students master concepts and understand coursework.

"It's inspiring to see how much effort students put forth, and I feel so privileged to be a part of that learning process!"
Ana Mancera
Major: International Relations and Global Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Ana works as an office assistant in the Sanger Learning Center. She directs UT students to the resources they need to succeed.

"I find it very rewarding when students come in to the office worried or nervous and leave after their session feeling confident and positive!"
Jacquelynn Gonzalez
Major: Public Health
Graduation Year: Fall 2015

As a student associate with the Sanger Learning Center, Jacquelynn connects students with the variety of academic resources available on campus.

"College can be hard but UT has a lot of resources to make it a little easier."
Bryan Félix
Major: Applied Mathematics
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

While assisting many students as an academic tutor in the Sanger Learning Center, Bryan found he has also grown as a student.

"One can expect to get a deeper understanding from the courses while tutoring students, but I don't think we expect such personal growth as tutors."
Joshua Villarreal
Major: Human Biology
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

As a tutor for the Sanger Learning Center, Joshua helps reinforce key concepts in students’ coursework.

"The ability to communicate and collaborate with my peers has been immensely rewarding."
Sharmin Sharif
Major: Masters in Professional Accounting
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Sharmin hosts various student-oriented workshops as an outreach assistant in the Sanger Learning Center. She also works as a peer academic coach helping build students’ study skills.

"This job has helped me to step out of my comfort zone and connect with students from all around the world."
Danielle Meyer
Major: Art History
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Art history major Danielle Meyer traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, for a summer internship with Endeavor, a global organization that fosters and supports entrepreneurship. While there, Danielle collaborated with another intern to design an entrepreneurship challenge for Turkish university students. This experience showed Danielle how to apply creativity to the business world, and it has encouraged her to consider living and working abroad after graduation. Danielle is earning a BDP certificate in Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship.

“This Connecting Experience has shaped my future plans by showing me I can use my creativity in unconventional ways.”
Sarah Talaat
Major: Journalism, Psychology
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Sarah Talaat, a student in the Media, Culture & Identities BDP, spent the summer before her senior year researching the history and evolution of Wien Hauptbahnhof, the central train station in Vienna, Austria. Her firsthand observations of the site, along with her study of Vienna’s rich history, informed her research and helped her understand the significance of this site. Sarah’s experience conducting research reaffirmed the importance of exploring the history and meaning of the places and buildings around us.

“This Connecting Experience has further shaped my desire to share with people the many reasons why informed living and travel is so important.”
Matthew Snidal
Major: Youth and Community Studies, Sociology
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Matthew Snidal, a student in the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP, spent the summer before his senior year participating in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, in partnership with the Population Research Center. Through this experience, Matthew was able to conduct a study of the relationship between the number of days a student has been suspended and the likelihood of that student graduating from high school. As a result, Matthew has refined the focus for his future graduate studies, in which he hopes to continue exploring the intersection of education and criminology.

“I've taken many classes at UT that I have enjoyed but this is the first time I've been able to focus my studies on exactly what I wanted to learn about.”
Sarah Qureshy
Major: Biochemistry
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student Sarah Qureshy pursued an independent research study investigating prisoners’ rights within the English criminal justice system. Sarah’s experience conducting research reinforced the value of approaching complex problems from a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective.

“This process illustrated to me the importance of interdisciplinary analysis when solving a research problem, especially regarding something as multifaceted as a human being.”