I wasn't sure whether I should go for a teaching assistantship. New campus. New university culture. New subjects I'd never taken before. Heck, if teaching CS123: Introduction to Software Engineering was enough of a harrowing experience (I profusely apologize to the students who had to suffer through that!), how would I handle teaching here? I felt that I needed a year to immerse myself in the environment and learn more about the subjects before even considering a teaching assistantship.
By the time one of my friends told me to just Go Ahead and Apply for It, the deadline had long passed. I e-mailed Brenda Fung telling her that I was interested, anyway.
Good thing I did. I just got e-mail from her asking me to get in touch with one of the professors in order to discuss my teaching qualifications. And good thing my previous classes gave me plenty of comments on my TeachingEvaluations, too (although most of them were about candy)...
Teaching. I miss asking and answering questions. I miss racking my brain for examples and analogies. I miss seeing that aha! moment. I miss teaching. I miss waiting for people who never come during consultation hours. Sheesh, I even miss checking papers. I've got this awesome collection of gel pens now, which is good because I prefer to check in green, purple or some other non-red color.
I think teaching will certainly make the year fun.
I should read phdcomics again...
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