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Meet UGS Students

Maria Benson
Major: Neurobiology
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Maria, a PLUS peer coordinator, facilitates valuable student/professor connections while leading study group sessions.

"I was so proud to see all of my facilitators engaging with me and our professor, testing the limits of our understanding, and appreciating the value of the course material."
Katlyn Hedgpeth
Major: Mathematics, Neuroscience, Psychology
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

As a peer academic coach, Katlyn motivates students by teaching study skills and relating to their struggles.

"Nothing will be certain, but that's what makes college so exciting. If you change your major, that's more than okay."
Fin Gao
Major: Biochemistry
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

As a PLUS Peer Coordinator, Fin helps new facilitators lead effective study groups.

"When everyone started contributing their ideas, the intimidating problems no longer looked frightening. It made us realize how strong we could be as a group."
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!"
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!"
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."
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."
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.”

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