What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
Definitely the gratitude I receive from students. From my perspective, I go to sessions and talk about things that I like and things that I find fascinating. It is such a pleasure. Then, when a student approaches me and tells me, filled with excitement and joy, that the session was an immense help I can’t help myself from feeling deeply satisfied, overjoyed, and fulfilled.
What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
The personal growth you get from tutoring. 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. Over the past 3 semesters I’ve gotten to meet wonderful students, and more than often I get to hear their stories. Sometimes they are happy stories and sometimes they are not-so-happy. But at the end of the day I reflect on the sessions that I’ve held and how I’m affecting the student’s academic success. I’m amazed by how much this process of self-reflection has positively affected me!
What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
There is nothing wrong with reaching out for help. We often feel embarrassed or we are just too proud to ask. We cannot possibly know all the answers, nor be free of doubt. Understanding this and reaching for a hand is the first step in academic success.