For the past four years, Kassandra García has provided front desk support in UGS with a kind smile for everyone she meets.
“Seeing students come out from their appointments with a sense of direction is very rewarding.”
What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
I remember one day when a student checked in at the front desk for his Learning Specialist appointment. We spoke about his enthusiasm for learning and he even taught me a few words in German while waiting for his appointment. He shared that it was hard for him to look at people in the eyes because he was autistic, and that he was thankful that he was able to get help from a Learning Specialist. Although I do not help students directly, seeing students come out from their appointments with a sense of direction is very rewarding.
What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
The Sanger Center has been the biggest support system I have. My supervisors are my mentors. I learn from them each and every day, everything from new French words and to how to make my resume stand out, to meditation techniques for keeping stress at bay.
What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Finding your style of learning early on is crucial. Some students are able to work productively with music on while others cannot. I find vocalizing what I am reading helps me learn better.
Also, write everything down. Get an agenda and take it with you everywhere you go. Use the resources the Sanger Learning Center provides, such as the weekly calendars and jot everything down. Squeeze a few minutes of studying time in while you are riding the bus or even as you are waiting in line to pay for groceries.
There is always room for improvement and experimenting with different studying techniques can help you narrow down what works best for you.