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Michael Nguyen

Major:
Master in Professional Accounting
Graduation Year:
Spring 2018
"Next week, he came back for another appointment and told me that he got a 100 on the third exam and wanted to thank me for helping him understand it. It was so meaningful to me because I knew how much he wanted it and how hard he worked for it, so I was so glad to see his hard work rewarded."

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
The most rewarding part about being a tutor is working with a student and helping them understand complicated material. Watching them being able to work through problems they didn’t understand moments before is truly rewarding.

What has been the most surprising aspect of your job?
I have been pleasantly surprised about the flexibility of my job. If I am unable to make a shift, I can request someone to cover it. If I have a busy week due to exams and projects, my manager is really understanding.

Tell us about a time you worked with a student (or group pf students) and were particularly proud of the outcome. What happened? Why was it special?
I tutored at the Sanger Center last summer, and one week I was surprised to see that every appointment I posted was already claimed. They were all taken by one student and as I worked with him, I found out he had done poorly on his first two exams, and really wanted to do well on his third. I worked with him through the entire week, explaining course concepts and showing him my shortcuts. The following week he came back for another appointment and told me that he got a 100 on the third exam, and wanted to thank me for helping him understand it. It was so meaningful to me because I knew how much he wanted it and how hard he worked for it, so I was so glad to see his hard work rewarded.
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What do you think is the biggest myth about learning/studying in college?
I think the biggest myth about college is that it’s completely overwhelming. You see all these posts, memes, and tweets about college, and there’s this expectation that everything is too much. I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy, but I’d say that if you can manage your time well and pay attention in class, you should have enough time to relax.

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?
When I was a freshman, I struggled with my classes. I hadn’t adjusted yet going from high school to college, and I found that I didn’t have enough time to do all my assignments. I handled it by listening to an upperclassmen who told me to get rid of some activities that I didn’t need and stop procrastinating so much. That way, I could accomplish much more in a shorter amount of time. I would give the same advice to someone in the same situation that the upperclassmen gave me. As a freshman, it’s only natural to want to experience college life. But there’s no need to do everything at once! Save some time for your classes.