Woodruff School Staff Spotlight: 12 Questions with Bianca Tenney

Bianca Tenney, Academic Assistant Woodruff School of Mechanical EngineeringMeet Bianca Tenney, Academic Assistant in ME's Office of Student Services! 

Hometown?
Born and raised in Atlanta! I’m a true native; I was born at Crawford Long now Emory University – Midtown.
 
Where would you love to live?
Actually, I would prefer to travel the world. I’ve visited several states and other countries but I have not found one in particular where I would rather live.
 
How long have you been at Georgia Tech and what is your position?
I started working at Tech in 2016. Before ME I worked in another department. Currently, I am an Academic Assistant and the frontline of defense for the Office of Student Services.
 
Favorite thing about working in Student Services?
I LOVE being able to interact with the students and finding out more about them! Our students come from so many different walks of life, just being able to listen to some of their stories and their ongoing research is just fascinating.
 
Favorite thing about Georgia Tech?
It’s a melting pot of different cultures! I love being able to walk through the campus and see all the different countries represented.
 
What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
Mostly, I’m a bookworm but there are a few things I enjoy – archery, capoeira and fencing.
 
What are you passionate about?
My true passion is in advising. I love being helpful to others and being a powerhouse of information. Hopefully, one day I can achieve my dream. 
 
What is something about you that not many people know?
Publishers send me advanced reader copies of their books to review before they are officially released. I review everything from nonfiction and fiction, historical, thriller, dystopian, crime and textbooks (although nothing engineering related lol). The only subject area I do not have an interest in is romance.
 
Favorite quote?
“If you reflect enough, you become your own source of Light.”
 
Moment in life that inspired you?
About 6 years ago, I awoke on Thanksgiving with my face swelling. A large mass had started forming in my sinus cavity. For months, I was in and out of doctor offices in between my classes and work; unsure about what would happen. Even after the biopsy results came back negative, I was still worried about what kind of surgery would be required to remove the lesion. Thankfully, the doctors were able to perform minimally invasive surgery and I walked away without any overt facial scarring. During this time, I lived overseas, continued to work and even finished my first Master’s program - in other words "Business as usual". I had to find the confidence to smile again because the muscles in my face took a while to function fully again. In the end, I survived and most importantly, I still have my smile. That’s why whenever someone compliments me on my smile now, I smile even harder because if only they knew what it took to get it back.
 
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t be afraid of death; happiness is the key to life.
 
What motivates you?
Trying to make the world a better place. "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." - Helen Keller