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Sam Trejo

Sam Trejo
Major:
Plan II, Economics
Graduation Year:
Summer 2016
"The trick to being academically successful is finding the beauty in whatever you're learning."

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
I like interacting with my peers. I love microeconomics and think that it is interesting and fun in a way that not many people understand, so it’s been awesome to be able to share my enthusiasm with other students! For example, each week my economics worksheets have a theme. It’s a way to make the problems a little more fun. Popular themes in the past have been House of Cards, 30 Rock, and Portlandia. My favorite worksheet was one where I started a fictitious hummus food truck called “Hummus-ide” and competed with my friend Dayan’s hummus food truck “Post-hummus-ly”.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
One thing that I didn’t expect was how much how I have improved at economics by being forced to teach it. By having to explain concepts in many different ways, I have been able to master the content on a new level.

Tell me about a time you worked with a student and were particularly proud of the outcome.
It’s rewarding having students who attend my SI sessions come the day after a test and tell me that the content we covered was helpful. Or just when they thank me at the end of lessons and come back next week!

What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
The trick to being academically successful is finding the beauty in whatever you’re learning. No matter what the class, there’s always something to appreciate and I think the best way to be successful in something is to enjoy it.