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Sharmin Sharif

Sharmin Sharif
Masters in Professional Accounting
Graduation Year:
Spring 2017
"This job has helped me to step out of my comfort zone and connect with students from all around the world."

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
I didn’t know anything about public speaking or leadership when I joined the Sanger Center. This job has helped me step out of my comfort zone and connect with students from all around the world. It has been rewarding mastering these skills which originally seemed overwhelming, learning how to be a leader, and then helping other students become leaders too.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
The integral part of coaching and hosting workshops is observing the general personality of the audience. I learned how to mirror my mentees and adapt my leadership style according to that. This method of connecting with people was fairly new to me, and it surprised me to realize that taking this small step provided greater results.

Tell me about a time you worked with a student (or group of students) and were particularly proud of the outcome.
One of my mentees was affected by the language barrier when she moved to the U.S. Throughout the semester, we worked together and came up with various strategies to cope. After the first few sessions, she gave me an object that represents luck in her culture and told me how incredibly helpful the program had been for her.

What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Make sure that you study right before and after class. That’s the only way to feel relaxed days before the test!