Mani began working with the Sanger Learning Center as a preceptor in Fall 2012 in his PLUS-supported genetics course. Now as a senior preceptor, he guides new preceptors in their work with students.
“I came here thinking that I would be the one helping and guiding other students, but I’m thankful at how much and how frequently I’ve actually been the beneficiary of such an experience.”
What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
Working at the Sanger Center has given me a wide array of skills that I will be able to use later in life, such as public speaking, leadership, and being an effective team member.
What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
I came here thinking that I would be the one helping and guiding other students, but I’m thankful at how much and how frequently I’ve actually been the beneficiary of such an experience. I’m surprised at how much I’m learning myself.
Helping students has hugely benefited my own learning because I’m combining all the knowledge I get and customizing it into something that’s more beneficial for me than I could have come up by myself. For example, with study strategies and skills, I’ve learned so much from the people I’ve interacted with on how I can increase my efficiency and productivity. We’re all different, so a lot of the things I’ve been exposed to by my fellow students are things I probably wouldn’t have had the creative capacity to come up with myself.
What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Do your best and don’t let the small things get you down.