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Maria Benson

Maria Benson
Major:
Neurobiology
Minor:
Business Foundations
Graduation Year:
Spring 2016
"I was so proud to see all of my facilitators engaging with me and our professor, testing the limits of our understanding, and appreciating the value of the course material."

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
Working at Sanger has given me the opportunity to further understand how students learn and interact. As a peer coordinator it is my job to facilitate and foster relationships between students and their peers, and students and their professors. As a fourth year student, I know how difficult it is to get to know your professors. The most rewarding part about PLUS is watching those doors open and relationships form.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
I thought that being a tutor with Sanger would allow me to exercise my working knowledge of the course materials. What surprised me was the depth of leadership training I received as a peer coordinator. Because of my training I found that I could tackle issues head on with skills that I didn’t have before Sanger. From conflict management to work delegation, I realized I was given tools that transcend throughout all other aspect of my life.

Tell me about a time you worked with a student (or group of students) and were particularly proud of the outcome.
While in a weekly planning meeting, my facilitators and I decided we wanted to improve on the agenda for PLUS sessions. With the help of our professor we discussed topics of importance and worked as a team to come up with a very sophisticated study guide for sessions. I was so proud to see all of my facilitators engaging with me and our professor, testing the limits of our understanding, and appreciating the value of the course material.

What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Tackle everything head on! Formulate a strategy and commit to it. You will be most successful when you are prepared and have a plan to face the challenges ahead of you.