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Birjis Mukardamwala

Birjis Mukardamwala
Major: 
Chemistry
Minor: 
UTeach Certification
Graduation: 
Fall 2015

As a chemistry tutor, Birjis helps students master difficult concepts and course material.

“Academic success has more to do with personal satisfaction than most people acknowledge.”

What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Learning Center?
This job has benefited me in practical ways like improving my communication skills and getting to review academic material, but it has also benefited me in personal ways. Seeing the faces of my tutees light up when they understand derivatives or a mechanism in Organic Chemistry is like a shot of happiness for me! It makes my day seem worthwhile.

What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
I have seen students grow from being shy and timid to being more outspoken and comfortable around me. In a way it has defined my personal growth over the course of last year. My job has ultimately taught me that as students, we are all very similar. We face the same anxieties and problems in day-to-day life and if we work together, we can succeed in helping each other succeed.

What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
First of all, give yourself a pat on the back for making it to this awesome school. Go to class and do your homework- that’s the key to not only half of your letter grade but also a stress-free weekend. Get to know the campus, the city and the academic services offered early in your college career. And as much as possible, try to get out of your comfort zone. Academic success has more to do with personal satisfaction than most people acknowledge. So, try your best to stay positive and try new things- we’re here to learn and build a life, so we might as well enjoy the process.

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