At the end of each fall semester, our Peer Instructors develop final projects that showcase their experiences with the FIGS program. Sophie Mannaerts taught “Exploring Careers in the Sciences” and decided to create a short film explaining what FIGS meant to her.
Sophie’s students were involved in one of RU’s living-learning communities and hoped to pursue STEM-related careers. In the FIGS classroom, she taught them to develop self-confidence, make short- and long-term goals, and think about big-picture issues. For Sophie, self-awareness began with curiosity and openness. “Take time to listen to other people’s stories,” she said. “There’s such a wealth of people—especially at a university like Rutgers—that it would be a shame not to get involved and connected with your peers.”