While studying at UIC College of Medicine consumes most of Mansoor’s time, he finds the hours he coaches Excellerate to be “energizing.” He enjoys working with younger students as he gets to see the fruits of his labor when they show they are improving in their understanding of concepts. He values being involved in the students’ learning yet letting them struggle to find answers on their own. “This way, when they get something done, they feel that they are the ones who accomplished it as opposed to me walking them through every little step (though there are times that’s necessary),” Mansoor said. “From my perspective, when I take ownership of my studies, it makes me feel better about myself and helps me remember something longer. This is part of long-term learning.” Mansoor earned his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University.