Meet a Current Student
Student Name: Kristina Young
Hometown: Tyler, Texas
Undergraduate Institution: UT Tyler
Why did you choose to attend UT Tyler?
I chose UT Tyler because it allows me to be close to my family while still getting a quality education. I looked at other universities, but I love that our class sizes are small enough that we get a lot of one on one time with our professors, who provide insightful and helpful feedback. I have been given so many amazing opportunities to grow academically and professionally.
What are your career goals and how does your graduate program support them?
My goal is to be a writing professor and writing center director someday. UT Tyler allows me to tailor most of my degree plan to specifically focus on achieving that goal. Being employed as a UT Tyler Writing Center tutor has absolutely made me a more conscientious writer and a better editor while also giving me first-hand knowledge of the writing concerns that are specific to individual programs. My training has allowed me to branch out as a compositional scholar to examine the exigency and kairos of writing intervention and instruction across the curriculum.
I was also fortunate to be given tailored instruction in Composition Pedagogy and strategies directly from the chair of the Department of Literature and Languages. Additionally, our department places heavy emphasis on peer relationships and, as such, we have something of a built-in support group. We are constantly discussing ideas and providing feedback to each other, as well as using each other as sounding boards to help clarify ideas. All of this has been directly applicable to my current job teaching Adult Basic Education for the Literacy Council of Tyler. I have learned how to tailor lesson plans to meet the needs of each student while also keeping the class unified. The instruction I have received so far, and will continue to receive, has given me the tools I need to be successful as a writing instructor.
What do you like most about UT Tyler?
This is a hard question. I've already mentioned the incredible professors and programs that I have been so fortunate to be a a part of, so here I will address the institution itself. The park-like setting of the UT Tyler campus is beautiful. It's incredibly therapeutic to be able to step outside and see the serenity of the ducks swimming in the ponds and hearing the wind rustling through the trees. Additionally, UT Tyler students are given free access to the UT Health Science Center clinic, as well as free access to counseling and mental health services.
Even the administrators make a point to be available for students who have questions or concerns. We also have genuinely gifted research librarians who are eager to help students of any level or discipline with research and finding obscure sources. UT Tyler, in my opinion, has gone beyond what is required to offer resources and support to its students in order to ensure that we get the most out of our experience and education. Attending this school has been a privilege and I am excited to find out where this education will take me.
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