Name: Carlos Suzara
Program: Architecture and Building Technology
What attracted you to becoming a Peer Tutor?
I was already helping my classmates understand course material in our program in my first year, and I enjoyed it. I figured I might as well get paid to do something I enjoy part-time while I help other people learn, grow and succeed. I was also attracted to the job-transferable skills I would gain.
How has working as a Tutor helped you?
I took up tutoring once in our building (NE01) to get help with learning a fundamental concept for Structures class; I hit a mental block with understanding the content. I have to say that I would not have come out with good grades for this class if it weren’t for the tutors’ help with this basic knowledge. They helped guide me through the concept, encouraged me and gave tips on how they went about it when they were in my shoes.
If you could give one piece of advice to a BCIT student what would it be?
My one piece of advice would be to remember why you are in school. Keeping your life goals at the forefront, whether that is having a stable income to buy a house, traveling, funding your wedding, or making your family proud, helps with your resilience. It gives you motivation to do well and overcome learning obstacles.
What would your dream job be when you leave BCIT?
My dream job would be to work for a prestigious architectural firm with coworkers I can get along with and with a good work-life balance so that I can tend to my family.
If you had a free day, how would you spend it?
On my free day, I would go out on a date with my girlfriend or play Tekken on my PS4 if she wasn’t available.