What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
I would say the most rewarding aspect about working at Sanger is that we are creating study habits and skills that will last students a lifetime. My favorite moment is when a student contacts me after they have completed the PAC program to say “thanks” and how the sessions were helpful to them. A great thing about PAC is that we do not just provide immediate or temporary help, we create a foundation for students to stand on for the rest of their college career.
What has been the most surprising aspect of your job?
I would say the most surprising aspect of my job is realizing how impactful my role as a Peer Academic Coach is. When students ask my opinions or suggestions on the difficult situations they face, I have to project my thoughts and formulate my words that is specific to each individual in such a way that it positively impacts them.
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 had a student who was very overwhelmed by her classes, major, and current GPA. She thought that it would be her last semester at UT before getting dismissed. We spent hours planning out and shaping her academic habits. We created a ‘game plan’ for the semester so that things did not seem so overwhelming, but rather achievable. By the end of the semester this student achieved university honors for the first time and most importantly she realized that she could handle the rigorous work that college demands.
What do you think is the biggest myth about learning/studying in college?
The biggest myth about college is spending lenghty hours and hours studying after classes. In my opinion, if you have the proper study habits and time management skills, then you won’t have to spend extensive amounts of hours studying for a class. Studying smarter, not harder, is the key statement in my college career.
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 that same situation?
My first round of exams at UT was a nightmare. I came into college with the same study habits and expectations that I had from high school and quickly realized that was wrong. I sought out resources on campus to help improve my self and that is when I came upon Peer Academic Coaching. I went through the program for a semester and it turned my academic life around. My test scores improved and my overall academic performance escalated. I am extremely thankful for this great opportunity offered at this University to guide and help students to overcome the immediate “impossibilities” to see the bigger picture of college.