What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
Over the past several semesters, I have had the opportunity to work with dozens of facilitators. Each facilitator has a unique idea of leadership and approaches problems in different ways. Being able to learn from all of the facilitators, professors, and Peer Coordinators that I have worked with has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Learning Center!
What has been the most surprising aspect of your job?
The most surprising aspect has been seeing the impact of students’ PLUS attendance rates on their success in difficult upper-division courses. It has been incredible to see students gain confidence in their ability to succeed, while simultaneously helping their peers excel.
Tell us about a time you worked with a student (or group of students) and were particularly proud of the outcome. What happened? Why was it special?
This semester I have had the privilege of collaborating with a highly motivated and multitalented group of PLUS facilitators. This group has been working hard to improve the PLUS program as a whole and their leadership development has made PLUS sessions more enjoyable and helpful to students.
What do you think is the biggest myth about learning/studying in college?
Maybe this isn’t a myth, but I entered college thinking that I had to be ahead in my course preparation to be a part of a study group. After working with the PLUS program, I have realized that this is not true. Students come to the study sessions with varying degrees of preparedness and each student benefits immensely. Students who are behind have the chance to catch up, while students who are ahead are able to solidify their understanding of core concepts by working through difficult problems in creative ways.
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?
I came to UT with the goal of becoming a physician, so my course planning was relatively simple since the medical school prerequisites were already outlined for me. While I still strive to pursue a career in medicine, I have realized that there are many different paths of knowledge to explore. With its many unique courses, majors, and certificates, the university provides numerous permutations for obtaining a degree. The challenge I faced, along with many other students, was breaking away from the conventional route to my desired profession and creating a route that was tailored to fit my intellectual curiosity and passions. I encourage every student to take at least one class outside their comfort zone – it could open the door to a career that you never considered before!