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Miranda Whitfield

What is your major/minor?

Chemistry Major/ Criminal Justice Minor

What year in school are you?

Senior, 4th year

Interesting fact?

I decided on my second tattoo in approximately 30 seconds while driving to school one day.

What do you do outside of being a busy student?

I cuddle my miniature rabbit and make sure I spend enough time with silly roommates.

How many semesters have you been facilitating?


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

CHEM 1211 & 1212

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

In the short term, I want to be able to help other students learn and thrive in stressful and difficult situations. I've been there, I've fallen apart, and then learned to pick myself up as I went along. That's an important skill that many people don't learn. In the long term, I hope to be able to help others who have been wronged or hurt in some way. My goal is to be a forensic scientist one day. In being an SI I have learned empathy and respect and patience for myself and others as things get hard and then watched them improve again. I want to be that source of help for others in a setting outside of school.

What is your favorite SI moment?

The best part of my job as an SI facilitator is being able to see students grow and be more confident in themselves and their own skills. SI gave me the opportunity to gain a measure of confidence and self-reliance as a freshman and in the last three years I have seen students change and be more comfortable in classes that initially terrified them. Even after they leave Chemistry 1211 or 1212, I get to see them work through upper levels and master classes.

What have you gained from being an SI facilitator?

Confidence, patience, empathy, study skills of my own, a support group, and some of the best friends I have ever had. There is no limit to what can be accomplished with a group of people who want to succeed and learn and give back.

What study tips/techniques do you have for students?

Find what works for you and employ that technique in any way you can! Whether it's creating endless flashcards, making your own practice sheets, highlighting the textbook, talking over material with a friend, or rewriting your notes, there is a method that works for everyone. Explore and be creative. Having your own study style makes it bearable and helps you hone in on what you need to focus on more than anything.

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

When I entered college, the very first class I took was General Chemistry 1211. I had no background in chemistry from my high school and was terrified out of my mind. I grew to love chemistry thanks to amazing professors and an amazing SI. It was my first look into a world that would become everything to me. Every semester I get to enjoy watching people begin to understand a little bit about how the world works and that is exciting to me. It's the very fundamentals about how the world functions and that is pretty amazing.

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

Board work models or anything that gets students up and explaining how something works to someone else. It's fantastic seeing someone help another student because they feel confident in themselves and their own abilities. Students get their chance to shine and feel a little bit of the pride that I feel for them every day.

What is your favorite aspect of the mentor role?

I don’t think I can say what my favorite aspect of the mentor role is yet because I am still learning so much about it. 

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