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Mark Babin

Mark Babin
Chemistry and Physics
Graduation Year:
Spring 2016
"I don't think that there is anything more satisfying than seeing something click for a student."

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
I don’t think that there is anything more satisfying than seeing something click for a student – that moment when a concept that
had been eluding them suddenly makes sense. There’s just this sense of accomplishment when you can see that in a student’s face. It’s wonderful.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
Through my work at the Sanger Center, I tend to see a lot more familiar faces around campus. It’s a little odd sometimes, because I’ll recognize someone and have a little trouble remembering how I know them, but it’s always nice when people say hello. It goes a long way to make campus feel just a little smaller because I feel that I’m always running into someone I know.

What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. I remember when I was a freshman, I thought that asking for help meant I couldn’t learn well, which is just wrong. Each person finds some concepts more challenging than others, and there’s no shame in failing to grasp something that a friend might understand intuitively. Office hours are a fantastic place to seek help – it shows your professor that you’re interested in the material (not to mention that it is always great to get to know faculty), and can answer a lot of the questions that you may have.