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Mia Austin

What is your major/minor?

Biology Pre-med Major and minor in Leadership

What year in school are you?


Interesting fact?

I have about 20 fish who have been trained to eat from my hand in my pond at home. They are all offsprings of 3 fish that I bought at Walmart!

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I love to travel, and I was able to study abroad this summer in Belize to study Marine Ecology (experience of a lifetime). I also love spending time with my family while eating ridiculous amounts of food.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?


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, I want to do my best and make the best grades I can in order to get in to medical school. Long term, I want to go to medical school, become an OBGYN, and then begin changing people's lives through the medical field. SI keeps me prepared for the MCAT. It also teaches me how to relate to people who struggle with a subject. It makes me a better leader, person, and candidate for medical school.

What is your favorite SI moment?

I love when students finally get a concept. You can always tell because they get this light in their eyes, and they get excited to learn. 

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

I have become a better mentor, teacher, and leader. It has allowed me to see that people work in all different ways, and I can adapt and change my style of facilitating to help them.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Flashcards Are Friends!!! I don't know what I would do without flashcards. Also, have a calendar with dates and to-do lists. Every hour counts and don't wait until the night before to study.

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

Chemistry is so cool! The entire world, as we know it, works because of chemistry! Without chemical reactions and interactions, we would not exist!

What has been your favorite collaborative learning technique (CLT) that you have done in your sessions?

I use group work a lot. I have found that my students learn best when they are in groups talking to each other and figuring out a concept as a team.

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