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Khiem Hoang
Major: Neuroscience
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

As a tutor, Khiem helps students adjust to college level coursework and reach their academic goals in math and science.

"There is no such thing as a "one-size fits all" study plan that will work for every student."
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Major: Math and Economics
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

As a PLUS peer coordinator, Vik works with facilitators and professors to promote academic success.

"Guiding students to figure out questions or concepts is nice, but the most rewarding part is seeing how they evolve as problem-solvers over the course of a semester."
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Major: Mathematics
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

As a tutor, Natasha helps students adjust to college level coursework and reach their academic goals in math and science.

"The most rewarding part of tutoring students at the Sanger Center is helping them acquire the critical thinking skills and study habits to become more independent learners."
Julia Orienstein
Major: Physics and Astronomy
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

As a tutor, Julia helps students adjust to college level coursework and reach their academic goals in math and science.

"Whenever I have somebody meet with me regularly throughout the semester, it's incredibly rewarding to see them grow as a student."
Anthony Correa
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

As a tutor, Anthony helps students adjust to college level coursework and reach their academic goals in math and science.

"The most surprising aspect of my job is that tutors aren’t expected to be perfect experts of their respective subjects. While we are knowledgeable in our subjects, we are also learning whenever a tutee presents us a challenging problem."
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Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Environment & Sustainability BDP student Audrey Wilkes conducted independent research on the social, economic, and political factors that contribute to renewable energy practices in Texas. This experience exposed her to a variety of disciplinary lenses, including perspectives from natural sciences and social sciences, through which she examined sustainability issues.

"Conducting this research has confirmed my passion for sustainability…rather than narrowing my focus of interest, my research experience has widened it.”
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Major: Studio Art
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Digital Arts & Media student Jasmine Uy worked with a team to create To the Core Again, a 2D video game, for her Creative Project. The game involved a puzzle platform with a plot centered on healing from emotional trauma. Jasmine’s goal was to focus on learning how to create assets for the game’s design and programming

“This project helped me be more confident than ever that this is the kind of career I want. It captures the essence of interdisciplinary teamwork, and I am so glad that I was able to experience that first hand."
Matthew Morones
Major: Biochemistry
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

As a tutor, Matthew helps students adjust to college level coursework and reach their academic goals in math and science.

"The most rewarding part of my job is working with and seeing the progress of the students that come in for tutoring. Another gratifying aspect is being around the outstanding tutors and having the chance to collaborate with them on a variety of projects."
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Major: Aerospace Engineering
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

As an Outreach and Communication Specialist, Rebecca helps students develop their public speaking and presentation skills.

"I think the biggest myth about learning and studying in college is the idea that it's impossible and that you have to throw everything to the side in your life if you want to do well. I believe that it is completely possible to take care of yourself, surround yourself with a good core of supportive friends, and dedicate yourself to your studies without losing your happiness"
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Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

As a tutor, Rodrigo helps students adjust to college level coursework and reach their academic goals in math and science.

"Most of the time I work with problems that I've never seen and are quite challenging. I feel really proud when I see that students get the problem right using the approaches I taught them."

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