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Katie Hansen

Katie Hansen
Graduation Year:
Spring 2018
"It takes a mature and honest person to be able to recognize and ask for help and I am proud of every student I meet who is taking advantage of the resources on campus."

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students seek help in order to accomplish their goals. It takes a mature and honest person to be able to recognize and ask for help and I am proud of every student I meet who is taking advantage of the resources on campus.

What has been the most surprising aspect of your job?
The most surprising aspect of my job is how motivated I feel in my own studies as a result of watching other students work diligently every day. There are days when I feel like I just want to Netflix and chill–which is fine–after I study.

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?
This is my first semester as a PLUS peer coordinator and I have been so impressed with the level of commitment my PLUS facilitators have demonstrated. You never know how different personalities and backgrounds are going to mesh, but when I go to our weekly planning meetings everyone seems focused on the task at hand. When everyone works together it makes the whole process run smoothly.

What do you think is the biggest myth about learning/studying in college?
I think the biggest myth about learning and studying in college is that it has to be done quietly, in the library, and it can be grueling. College is difficult. Balancing a full class load, study time, and personal time can be challenging. However, study time does not have to be about isolation. This is why I love the PLUS program! Students can come together and talk through concepts, practice examples, and socialize. When I was a PLUS facilitator I felt more motivated to make learning and studying fun instead of being a chore.

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?
The first semester I spent at UT, I realized I was in the wrong major. I was interested in engineering but struggled in all of my classes, which were heavily science and math based. I felt depressed and devastated because I had worked so hard to be accepted into UT and I felt like I was doing everything wrong. So, I made an appointment with my academic adviser who directed my to the Vick Center for career counseling. That was the start of my new journey into my geography major. I am so very happy that I took advantage of the resources on campus instead of giving up. I have two more semesters to go before I graduate and am very excited about my career prospects.

I want to tell students that if your major doesn’t feel right please go to the Vick Center. Everything about UT is for the students and college is your chance to explore all of the possibles available to you.