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Joshua Villarreal

Joshua Villarreal
Human Biology
Graduation Year:
Spring 2016
"The ability to communicate and collaborate with my peers has been immensely rewarding."

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
The ability to communicate and collaborate with my peers has been immensely rewarding. Studying for the MCAT was also easier, since I was helping others by tutoring them this also in turn reinforced the key concepts in past coursework that would be of great importance on test day for me.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
The great variation in personalities found in the student body at The University of Texas at Austin. I should write a book about them!

Tell me about a time you worked with a student and you were particular proud of the outcome.
A student sat down at a table and was looking for someone to answer a particularly difficult chemistry problem. Despite
my prior knowledge I was having difficulty answering the question, but realized this is part of the learning process. My goal was to assist the student in the great, messy, and all-important learning process. I politely pushed the student to ask questions step-by-step to get to an answer. Slowly but surely we both learned a great deal out of the process.

What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Be organized, be persistent, do not compare yourself to others, work hard, respect others, and respect yourself.