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Corinne Fotso

Major:
Biochemistry
Graduation Year:
Spring 2017
"My advice would not to give up and keep pushing. Things get better in time!"

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
Building a connection with students who I tutored consistently for a long time has been really rewarding.

What has been the most surprising aspect of your job?
Tutoring introductory science classes has helped me keep up with the basic foundations needed for my upper division classes, which it has helped me succeed academically–something I had not anticipated at all!

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?
Last semester I worked with a student in Organic Chemistry I who realized she was struggling after failing her first midterm. However she was very determined to do well in the class so we met once a week for the entire semester to go over concepts. She ended up passing the class with a high B! She is one of the few students who I worked with over a long period of time and her dedication really inspired me. It made me want to do my best to give her the tools she would need to be successful.

What do you think is the biggest myth about learning/studying in college?
I think the biggest myth is that if you seek help in a class through office hours or tutoring, it makes you less “intellectual” than others. Not true!

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?
English is not my first language so when I came to UT, I struggled to adjust to an English-speaking institution. I had to study for longer periods of time to make sure I understood all the material. My advice would not to give up and keep pushing. Things get better in time!