“Being able to interact with new people who are younger and would not be in my classes has been an incredible experience." ETBU Marin Musicant ’22
ETBU Senior Marin Musicant serves as an ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) tutor for chemistry and physics. She meets with students several days each week to encourage them and help them think through some of the more difficult concepts they encounter during their coursework.
“Being able to interact with new people who are younger and would not be in my classes has been an incredible experience. Being able to help them using the knowledge and experience I have gained in these classes they are taking is so rewarding. I always find myself saying to them “yes, this is stressful. But I promise it will be worth it in the end.” I always tell them there is no such thing as a dumb question. I encourage them to ask any question they think of, because more than likely someone else has thought of it too. All of the studying and preparation that comes out of it for both me and students I tutor helps so much for everyone involved.
My favorite course I got to take was Gen Chem. I hated chemistry in high school, but after having the college-level course with Dr. Smith as a professor, I came to love it. One thing she said earlier on that has stuck with me is “you know more than you think you know.” She’s taught me to trust my own knowledge and do the best that I can with the knowledge that I have.