My name is Kyle O’Keefe. I am an Information Science student with a minor in Computer Science. I decided to try out being a TA because I needed a few extra credits to graduate and thought it would be a good experience to have. Despite the overwhelming feeling you get sometimes by having students look to you for all the answers, I would say the experience actually opened my eyes to a possible career choice of becoming a teacher. After finding a groove and a means of communicating an idea with a student, the learning process becomes much easier. When using vocabulary the students can identify with it allows for better comprehension and makes the job of teaching alot less stressful. Another thing I took away from this experience was the extra knowledge I picked up along the way. For instance, when I would be staring at the screen picking apart code trying to find a mistake, I was also helping myself master it. The most significant thing I am going to take away from this experience is the feeling of accomplishment I have at the end of the semester. You get to watch people adapt and grow over the course of the semester, it goes from a room filled raised hands during the first lab to barely a question on the last one. To see that growth and to know you had a hand in helping accomplish that , there really is no better feeling. I was always one to feel a sense of pride after completing an assignment, but when you help a student with one and see the light bulb go off after explaining it to them is a much more fulfilling feeling for me. I would have to say the TA experience is one of the most beneficial things I have done here at the university and I recommend that all those who have the opportunity should give it a shot.
2012, Information Science
INF 201 TA