Meet OMED Tutor Cray Noah

How are you connected to OMED?

I’ve done one-on-one tutoring and concept classes for OMED for the past couple years.

What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically at Georgia Tech?

Working hard is necessary but not sufficient for academic success here. You also have to work smart. Constantly being on the lookout for ways to enhance learning is key. Are you forming productive study groups? Are you scheduling your weeks? Are you leveraging technology to help you study (check out the app “Anki”)? Are you going to office hours? Are you reaching out to students a couple steps ahead of you? Be a mad scientist when it comes to learning and constantly experiment with ways to work smarter.

What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially to Georgia Tech?

Scheduling out my days in advance has been a huge help in striking a work-life balance. This includes scheduling study time, as well as social time. It can be easy to let your workload pervade your life if you’re not organized and clearheaded about your time upfront. Paradoxically, putting time constraints on your days via scheduling allows for much more freedom – both to hang out with friends and for your psyche.

What advice would you give students to encourage them to remain individuals and love each and every day here at Georgia Tech?

Develop an appreciation for what you’re learning. For example, instead of viewing physics as “the class with hard tests," view it as the class that explains the why behind everyday phenomena. For example, what’s taught in Physics II explains the magic behind our phones or the computer you’re reading this on. It’s humbling to think that countless, brilliant people devoted their lives to figuring out the stuff we learn here – it’s really powerful. And at Georgia Tech, we have world experts spoon-feeding it to us; we’re in a really fortunate place to learn. If you can develop an appreciation for each of your classes, you’ll make the transition from a test-taker to a learner, and looking through this lens, I have become more grateful, and made each day more rewarding.

Where have you worked during your Georgia Tech career, and what did you enjoy about that experience?

As a pre-med student, I spent most of my summers researching. The summer after my third year, I was sponsored by Amgen to do biomedical engineering research at Harvard. I grew immensely both as a student and a person that summer, and I attribute much of that to being in a new place and fostering new relationships. I highly recommend seeking out opportunities that put you in a completely new place and get your brain out of its comfort zone – you never know where it will lead. I will now be living with some of the friends I made that summer for my first semester at Harvard Medical School next year.

What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience?

Rushing the field after we upset Clemson in football my second year will forever be ingrained in my memory.

What are you involved with on campus, and why?

I’m a huge proponent of finding something that interests you, and then going at it with unbridled energy. For me, that interest has been teaching. The majority of my free time each week is dedicated to some form of teaching, whether that be leading concept classes for OMED, tutoring in the freshman dorms for the Learning Assistance Program, training students in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Machine Shop, serving as a teaching assistant in physics, or working math problems with local junior high students. For me, helping someone reach a "light bulb moment" is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. For the rest of my life, I hope continue learning to teach, and teaching to learn.

What has been your study abroad experience while at Georgia Tech?

The summer after my first year, I went to the Canary Islands with the Atlantis Project. While there, I shadowed surgery by day and taught English classes to locals by night. This experience early on both inspired me to pursue a career in medicine and helped me stumble upon my passion for teaching. Again, I highly recommend seeking out opportunities that put you in a completely novel situation – one in which your brain has no way of predicting the outcome. Studying (or shadowing) abroad is one great way to do it.