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Jordan Harris

What is your major/minor?

Biology, minors in Chemistry and Mathematics

What year in school are you?

Senior

Interesting fact?

I have eleven tattoos, eight of which are Taylor Swift lyrics and imagery.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

Go to concerts of my favorite musicians. I have been to over 100 live shows in the last seven years. I also have a dog, Meredith, so we go on road trips.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?

One, hopefully more to come.

Which courses do you facilitate for now, or have in the past?

CHEM 1211

What are your short-term and long-term goals, and how does SI (Supplemental Instruction) relate to those?

Short term: accomplish all goals, both academic and extracurricular, while maintaining a work/life balance. Long term: finish undergrad, move to California for grad school, and get established in my career and field of study.

Initially transitioning to Dahlonega after two years at Oconee, I aimed to achieve more academic merit than extracurricular. By doing SI, I not only help students with their study skills and knowledge of General Chemistry, but I stay sharp in my fundamental skills, give back to UNG community in subject matter deemed difficult for many students, and further academic endeavors as I set out to do.

What is your favorite SI moment?

When my SI students come up to me after a quiz or an exam and get so excited that they did much better than they were expecting. That feeling never gets old.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

How to have patience and teach students skills and subject matter in a way they receive knowledge, which is different for each student. The sense of community with other Facilitators is also something gained because this community is a different fellowship than my other on-campus involvements.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Balance is key, always spread out your studies so you're prepared for exams no matter how many you have back-to-back in a week. Also, taking care of yourself is integral in success, especially as a STEM major. Get adequate sleep, be sure to remember to eat, and make time for yourself to unwind each night.

What do you like/what excites you about the material you SI for?

Chemistry is fascinating, and the subject matter is a challenge. I have a heart for students who tell me they work so hard and still only manage to achieve a C, so I wanted to get involved in SI to help those students in ways they may not have thought of to increase their goals and academic achievements.

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