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Alexandra Arambula

Alexandra Arambula
Biomedical Engineering, Plan II
Spring 2014

For the past three and a half years, Alexandra has participated in the PLUS program. Now as a senior preceptor, Alexandra helps new preceptors improve their facilitation skills.

“I often find myself learning valuable interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities from my preceptors.”

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
I love seeing my preceptors improve in facilitating collaborative study groups between the beginning and the end of the semester. It is both exciting and humbling to witness their increased confidence and comfort levels, the joy they seem to exhibit while leading the groups, and how they describe their successes to me.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
Although I serve as an senior preceptor who mentors and offers advice to my preceptors each semester, each new group of preceptors continues to impress me with ingenuity and perceptiveness. I often find myself learning valuable interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities from my preceptors during our weekly planning meetings.

What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Take classes that interest you, even if the classes might be challenging or do not seem to “fit” with your major. College will probably be the one opportunity you have to explore your interests before going into the workforce or pursuing graduate school. I have taken outstanding classes with some of the most successful and engaging professors at this school and in their fields. I’ve found myself more motivated to study, develop a relationship with my professors, and explore information beyond the material presented in lectures. My interest level in the classes, thus, allowed me to succeed academically and enjoy myself in the process.