Starting her Computer Science major with no programming experience, Christina experienced wonderful support from the department as a whole, including her faculty members and incredibly accommodating teaching assistants (TAs) to whom she owes a huge amount of thanks for all of their extra help to get her caught up to speed.
Because of them, she also became a TA for a few introductory courses and is grateful to now have the opportunity to give back to the WPI community like they did for her. She holds extra help sessions, makes additional note sets to more deeply describe some concepts learned in class, and schedules one-on-one meet-ups with students to answer questions.
Christina has first-hand experience that WPI’s collaborative community environment is a big key to success, and now she’s paying it forward.
Wake up early for classes so I have time to go to Dunks. (That’s Dunkin’ Donuts for those outside of Massachusetts.)
Get some Teaching Assistant work done, which usually means answering emails, holding office hours, and grading assignments.
Snack on my homemade lunch that I cooked in the morning before I left the house.
To switch gears, I’ll change locations from my desk in the Computer Science building and head to the library, the quad, or the campus center to change things up.
After work is done for the day, it’s time to attend dance team practice or a Women in Computer Science club meeting, or just spend time with friends!