Autumn 2014 to Spring 2017
U:PASS has been a tremendous experience throughout my university journey. I have been a U:PASS leader for 7 semesters and it has definitely been a highlight of my time at UTS. I just made the cut to become a leader when I applied in first year. Since then, I have just grown through the experiences I have had as a U:PASS leader.
I started off leading Mathematical Modeling 2 and later switched to Programming Fundamentals. U:PASS has impacted my life in many ways. I have developed professionally by exercising leadership, communication and time management skills. I also developed personally by learning to be more compassionate and empathetic to people, their needs and their feelings. I met so many new people and found some good friends in them. I could also use the skills learnt during U:PASS in my professional workplace and it definitely contributed to my career growth.
I would highly recommend U:PASS for every student. You can learn, revise, make new friends, meet new people, have new experiences and make the best of your time! I will truly miss our fabulous U:PASS team. So long!
Autumn 2012 to Spring 2015
Having led U:PASS in Business Statistics for eight semesters since Autumn 2012, I feel that U:PASS was one of the most invaluable experiences during my time at university.
U:PASS' ethos of 'creating independent learners' extends quite well to being a leader. Being a U:PASS leader taught me to think on my feet, handle unexpected but rewarding challenges with an amazing support network, including fellow leaders, academics and Georgina. U:PASS provides a great sense of community.
U:PASS also provides a great pathway to other opportunities at university. I utilised many of my experiences throughout U:PASS both at the interview stages of employment and beyond. Once learning about the program, employers hold our position in high regard. U:PASS has spurred my interest in pursuing a similar teaching role in the future.
Spring 2013 to Spring 2015
I was the leader for Programming Fundamentals and Introduction to Electrical Engineering. I have learnt a lot from being a leader in such a short time.
When I first came to UTS, I was very shy, I used to feel uncomfortable talking to other people since I was an international student. After I became a U:PASS leader, I started to gain confidence and slowly learnt how to open up to people. I learnt how to be more social and improve my communication skills. Georgina along with the super friendly leaders made me feel comfortable and it was a lot easier for me to settle down and adapt to the new environment at UTS. I cannot imagine my life at UTS without being a part of U:PASS. I have become a much more organised person than I was, I have found a lot of new friends through U:PASS. The U:PASS sessions were just so much fun. I wish I could keep on doing this forever. I loved meeting new students and helping them out. During the busy assignment periods, the only thing I would look forward to would be the U:PASS sessions, as this would release all my stress when I came face to face with the students. Being a U:PASS leader also meant that I was continuously revising and was on top of my own fundamental subject. Leading in programming fundamentals for more than 3 semesters helped me get a good grasp on Java and programming on its own. I have gained confidence in my own coding abilities, thanks to the U:PASS program.
I would definitely recommend students to attend U:PASS if they haven’t yet. You will learn how to collaborate as a group while learning independently. I would also recommend UTS students to try to become a U:PASS leader as this will develop your communication, organisation and personal skills. U:PASS was the best thing that happened to me during my university life.
Spring 2011 to Autumn 2015
I became a U:PASS leader in 2011, and only on my second attempt - if you feel discouraged from applying to be a leader just because you weren't accepted last time, my advice is this: don't! I went on to be a U:PASS leader for six semesters, as well as a senior leader for part of that time. I led in first year science biology and chemistry subjects.
The benefits of the U:PASS program for students is huge, and it is probably even bigger for the leaders. If taking part in the U:PASS program as a student is like being in a warm, supportive environment where everyone is there to help each other, joining the U:PASS team as a leader is like becoming part of the HELPS family. On top of that, the experience gained as a U:PASS leader is fantastic - it builds expertise in areas like education, organisation, communication and teamwork as well as the subject matter areas, of course. U:PASS was definitely one of the most rewarding things I did during my time at UTS.
Spring 2010 to Autumn 2014
I was a U:PASS leader for a total of five semesters leading in the subject Business Statistics and as an assistant with the new U:PASSwrite initiative led by the UTS HELPS team. Being a U:PASS leader was an invaluable experience and a role I very much enjoyed. I am currently in my last semester of my combined Business and Law Degree on exchange at the University of Copenhagen. I have plans to follow the law side of my degree when I graduate, but can honestly say that the skill set I was able to develop as a U:PASS leader has been a significant help in my student life and in my professional endeavours.
My communication skills, ability to be flexible and tailor sessions for students from a range of backgrounds, and appreciate the importance of being a ‘peer’ team leader, are among a few of the skills I was able to develop during my involvement in U:PASS. Other benefits of being a leader included meeting people from all around the world which also partly inspired me to come on exchange, and on most instances I was asked about my role as a leader in law firm job interviews. The skills you gain as a leader are ones that are transferrable to almost all fields of work. In addition to the skill set you develop, the people you get to work with, including Georgina make the experience all the more enjoyable – as a U:PASS leader you work in a supportive environment where you are encouraged to do your best. My role as a U:PASS leader was immensely rewarding – for me the most rewarding aspect of being a leader comes when the students who have attended your sessions reap the benefits of the U:PASS style of learning. U:PASS has not only be a rewarding experience but an affirming one too. I know that I would like to continue in a similar role as a tutor or teacher during my career, and U:PASS has offered the best platform for me to do so.
Spring 2010 to Spring 2013
My name is Christina and I was a U:PASS leader from 2010-2013. This experience was amazing. Through my collaboration with our manager and the U:PASS team, I was able to help other students in need. It showed me how we, as U:PASS leaders, can give back to our university community and allowed us to become better graduates with interpersonal qualities that are crucial in our future workplace. It was the engagement in knowledge and learning from the experience that encouraged me to pursue a PhD in Finance.
This here fellow U:PASS leaders, is George. George was a U:PASS leader who first joined the U:PASS force in 2013 to help students develop creative and unique methods of learning, to overcome his pressing fear of public speaking and to give back to the program which supported him throughout his undergraduate studies. In his time as a leader, he gained an invaluable set of skills, a whole new perspective about leadership and discovered just how rewarding facilitating learning amongst others could be, so much to the extent that he leapt at the opportunity to become a demonstrator and foster learning amongst students all over again. Since finishing, he has thrusted himself across a multitude of programs including The Big Lift and recently just completed a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours). George will commence PhD studies next year.
Autumn 2011 to Autumn 2012
Cathline Augustiani was a UPASS leader for Cost Management System (CMS) subject between 2011 and 2012.
UPASS has been an awesome experience that shaped me to be a better and more confident individual. With leadership qualities that has been developed as being a UPASS leader, I can be entrusted to be a tutor at UTS, teaching undergraduate third year finance subject. It also enhanced my learning skills, which is very helpful during my honours (in Finance) degree. I was blessed to be able to finish with First Class Honours and University Medal.
After uni, I started my professional work, joining the finance team at First American Title Insurance and now I am moving to investment management industry which has been my passion since I did my honours research. One of the most important skills I developed through UPASS is interpersonal and communication skills, which is very crucial in the workplace. I learnt to deal with different personalities and work effectively.
Autumn 2010 to Spring 2011
I was a U:PASS leader in 2010 and 2011 and I am currently working as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia. My time as a U:PASS leader taught me the importance of thinking about the bigger picture and the value of discussion in getting to the bottom of a difficult concept, rather than just being told an answer. These skills are invaluable in my current role at the Bank – you can’t expect to learn everything straight from a textbook. It’s through discussion and the application of a problem where you can really start to properly grasp a concept.
Mui Lin Yuen
Autumn 2010 to Spring 2011
I was a U:PASS leader since February 2010 and led for 4 university semesters. It was great being a U:PASS leader as you get to help students that are in need. Being first year student can be challenging at times now that you are perceived as an adult and lecturers expect students to be able work with minimum supervision. So here where attending U:PASS helps whether being a leader or student, you learn a lot from the weekly sessions. You get to meet new people whom you might not get to know of in the tutorial classes, meet new friends who can be your next group assignment team member, foster your learning through open discussion and in-class activities like quizzes. Moreover, being a U:PASS leader is not just about leading study groups and re-teaching what the lecturer says, it is about encouraging students to open up and learn. While being a U:PASS leader, I improved my communication, leadership and people skills. I feel honoured to hear comments that students give when they say enjoy U:PASS sessions.
Since I graduated, I have not given up my passion for teaching and helping students so I am currently working as professional tutor in the UTS: Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning on a casual basis. The knowledge and skills I gained from U:PASS helped me greatly when tutoring students. To have empathy with students is very important especially when they are trying their best to learn the difficult accounting courses.
2009 - 2010
U:PASS has been a life-changing opportunity for me. I would never know in life that I am passionate about teaching if I did not get the entry to U:PASS. I owe everything to the program which gave me tremendous confidence and taught me to be a leader. Being a U:PASS leader was the best thing that happened to me ever.
I was a U:PASS leader in 2009 and 2010 for the subject Mathematical Modelling 1 and Mathematical Modelling 2, under the supervision of Georgina Barratt-See, one of the best managers anyone can ever find. She helped me enormously to grow and to know myself. U:PASS is not a one-to-thirty teaching session; this is more of a place where the students get to explore their ideas to solve problems with the guidance of their leader.
My U:PASS experience helped me to get a role in UTS as a Casual Academic where I am tutoring first and second year students for past four years.
I joined Optus as a graduate engineer in 2012 and U:PASS background facilitated me immensely to achieve a placement in the challenging industry. Every little thing that I achieved so far in my life I owe it all to the wonderful opportunity of being a part of the most happening program in UTS – U:PASS!!