Pros: flexible schedule, long breaks
Cons: not enough hours, pay
As a students at TTU, I balanced full-time classes and several part-time jobs; this was one of them. A typical day could include anything from teaching a bewildered freshman the intricacies of Spanish verb conjugations, cleaning marker boards, explaining Honors contracts, thesis, enrichment, and colloquia to only slightly less bewildered sophomores, grading tests, designing flyers, regulating computer lab usage, brewing coffee, or decluttering classified office spaces. For me the unpredictable business was the best part. My bosses were always accommodating of my student schedule, but nonetheless expected me to fulfill the rigorous duties I had taken upon myself. It seemed like nearly every day I was asked to complete a task which pushed me slightly outside of my comfort zone, increasing my knowledge and skills with regards to teaching, computers, organization, and interpersonal communication. As the senior assistant, I was additionally privileged to direct younger students, an aspect of the job which I particularly enjoyed as it allowed me to listen to my co-workers, evaluate their skills and their desires, and put together projects that encouraged each of them to hone their known skills while also acquiring new ones.