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Staff Spotlight – Elizabeth Hansen

Hello, everyone! My name is Elizabeth Hansen, and I am so excited to write this spotlight as an Academic Counselor at the TECHniques Center! I first started working at the TECHniques Center in Fall 2015 as a tutor, and it’s been a whirlwind of a journey ever since. I was a tutor for two semesters, then served as a Master Tutor for my last four. I never imagined that starting as a tutor my sophomore year would blossom into this beautifully fulfilling career path, but I am so glad it did!

As avid readers of the blog may have seen in my other posts about the TECHniques Center (you can read my post “How Tutoring Has Impacted My Life” by clicking here), I believe what makes this program so special is the fact that the employees here grow alongside their students. The relationships and bonds I’ve built with a variety of different personalities impact how I interact with and view the world every, single, day.

A young woman smiles and holds her hands up in the "Guns Up" pose
Elizabeth in her graduation gown, sporting two guns up.

I also graduated in May of this year with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in Advertising. I truly loved being able to explore my writing throughout my college career in a variety of different ways. I was published in Harbinger, Texas Tech’s Literary Magazine,for a fictional story and Catfish Creek, a national undergraduate literary journal, for a non-fiction one. On top of that, I also served as Editor-in-Chief of Harbinger during my junior and senior years. I treasured being able to learn and develop around other artistic individuals, and I am eager to discover new ways to do so since I’ve graduated from college.

Outside of work and school, I love spending time with my family and friends. Being born and raised in Lubbock, it’s been amazing to see how the city and community have developed over the past few years. Texas Tech has always held a special place in my heart, since my dad graduated from Tech in 1977 with a degree in Telecommunications and my brother graduated from Tech in 2016 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. I’m also a big fan of taking fun trips with my mom, our latest undertaking being the Grand Canyon!

A young woman smiles and holds her arms out in front of the Grand Canyon
Elizabeth stands in front of the Grand Canyon, holding her arms out wide!

In terms of hobbies, I love to explore new artistic ventures. I’m a huge fan of reading and writing, but I also enjoy taking photographs, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and organizing my life with a bullet journal!

Overall, I am thrilled for this next step in my career at Texas Tech, and I can’t wait to see what adventures this new chapter holds. Thanks for reading!

Academic Counseling Philosophy

As a counselor, I want to help build a repertoire of resources based around the student as an individual—what he or she would benefit most from in a given time or place. If a student wants to learn more about time management and building a planner system, I would be the first to give new ideas to try or find videos to watch. If a student wants to learn more about his or her outlook on life, I’d love to have him or her take a personality test and talk through the results. I believe development can happen in a variety of areas, and ultimately, I want to be open and understanding to what each student wants to grow in, being there every step of the way.

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