What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
I have had the opportunity to serve as a PLUS facilitator for both BIO 446L Anatomy and BIO 320 Cell Biology as an undergraduate at UT. The most rewarding part has been the ability to help other students succeed in my courses as we work through class material together on a weekly basis.
What has been the most surprising aspect of your job?
It has been surprising how close I became to my fellow PLUS facilitators, PLUS coordinators, and fellow students that attended my PLUS sessions! I often see them on campus and around Austin and we always say hi or catch up. This has been a great bonding experience with my peers that I would have never gotten without the PLUS program.
Tell us about a time you worked with a student (or group of students) and were particularly proud of the outcome. What happened? Why was it special?
One time during an anatomy study session, my classmates were unable to come up with a solution immediately. Over time, though, each person in the small group was able to provide a “puzzle piece” that helped us to answer the question fully. Everyone learned from each other and we were all able to understand the concept right before the exam!
What do you think is the biggest myth about learning/studying in college?
I think the biggest myth out there is that you can do it alone. That is certainly not true! I think students learn best in group settings, teaching each other the material instead of reading by yourself. Students should also reach out for help from teaching assistants, teachers, and fellow students if they feel that they are falling behind in a course.
Tell us about an academic challenge you encountered when you got to UT. How did you handle it? What advice would you give to someone in the same situation?
It was a pretty large adjustment for me to perform at the college level and my grades took a slight toll during my freshman year. Like I mentioned before, going to office hours and reaching out to my TAs really helped me to take an active role in my learning. My success in college has grown ever since. Also, don’t be afraid to seek the help of a tutor or student group like PLUS as early as possible in college.