Teacher's Assistant/Tutor, Bourbonnais, IL - May 13, 2016
I loved working at ONU as a TA and would do it again... maybe I will in the Fall of 2016! A typical day involves helping the prof set up (the day before) whatever reagents/equipment need to get prepared for the next day's lab. I have learned how to be patient and how to speak clearly and audibly, as you meet all kind of students when teaching and explaining concepts/principles. The whole Biology TA department is handled very well and has a good professor who is in charge of keeping everything on track and running smoothly. My co-workers, for the most part, are very fun and smart people who are easy to get along with and who also know their information. The hardest part of the job is sacrificing study time to work with the students and sit/help for 3 hours while they are working on their experiments. That is literally the hardest thing... meaning it is not a very hard job at all. I really enjoy the fact that every semester I have gotten to meet new students who look up to me and expect me to teach them the things that they don't understand about science. It makes me happy opening the eyes of someone who previously had a hard time understanding how to properly inoculate a test tube with a loop containing E.Coli, and now showing them the proper laboratory techniques and explaining why it is done a certain way. All in all, a day's work!