I am currently a student at Iron Range Engineering, an educational program through Minnesota State University Mankato that on top of the technical knowledge also focuses on various aspects of professionalism, including writing, presentation skills, and time management. The program expects the student to work independently and learn the way he/she does best. This means spending time getting to know the exact way you and others around you learn. I am pursuing an Integrated Engineering degree with an emphasis is Biomedical Engineering through this program.
In my past, I have tutored at Ridgewater college in Willmar while working on my basic engineering requisites. I focused on Math, English, and Chemistry. I did this for a spring and summer semester. I found most of my students came to me with Math problems. I had many return students and students that would seek me out intentionally. Over the summer, I spent much of my time being the only available tutor, and though still focusing on the aforementioned subjects, I would put in a genuine effort to help any student that walked in, even if their concern was outside of my subject list. I learned that the reason many of my 'regular' students came back was because, according to them, I was adept at gauging their confusion levels and knew to change my approach when the student wasn't understanding. I had a lot of fun tutoring and enjoyed both the challenge of teaching as well as the satisfaction of watching a student reach the "Eureka!" moment.
I have also worked as sales associates at multiple places, and in the food industry (waitress and line cook). From those jobs, I took away skills in handling problems and in customer interactions. I have a previous degree in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College that I earned in 2005 with a 3.49 Cum GPA. I worked in both the clinical and shelter setting in the Vet Tech field, learning a plethora of professional skills there as well.
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