What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
The most rewarding part of my job is working with the same students over the course of a semester and seeing how they progress in their understanding of the coursework. It’s so exciting to see concepts “click” with students and to watch them build off of a concept at the end of the semester. It’s inspiring to see how much effort students put forth, and I feel so privileged to be a part of that learning process!
What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
I was surprised to learn the value that many students place on learning concepts. Students truly want to know and understand a concept, rather than just complete an assignment or learn a pattern that they can replicate on exams. It’s cool to see that so many UT students are motivated to pursue excellence!
Tell me about a time you worked with a student and were particularly proud of the outcome.
I had been working with a particular student for several weeks, and I could see she was getting progressively more frustrated when she couldn’t master the topic. One day she completed a difficult problem correctly, without any help from me, and she was so proud of herself! That was such a special tutoring session because of her dedication to the class. She really inspired me through her perseverance to overcome this challenge, and I am so glad I could share that exciting moment with her.
What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Take your classes seriously from the first day. Even though there isn’t homework due every class, you can still take good notes, read the textbook, and study a little bit every day. You’re less likely to feel overwhelmed during midterms if you’ve been preparing since the first day of the semester!