This probably won’t come as a shock to most of you, but registration starts this week. Long time Pink Flamingo readers know that there is a wealth of information on this blog that can help you negotiate the registration process without substantial damage to your psychological well-being. Thus, rather than reinvent the wheel, we decided to give you easy access to all our previous articles on advising and registration. Please take some time to look through the articles below as you prepare to register. Even if you have read them before, it might be wise to take another look.
While we certainly believe in going green, just to make sure you know this blog is not made entirely of recycled material, we want to highlight two new items about registration for Fall. First, Dr. Martin will be teaching an Anger and Aggression Seminar next semester, which will allow students to take an in-depth look at these phenomena. It is a writing emphasis class (capped at 35 students), and although it does not appear in the on-line or paper catalog, it will count as an upper-level elective for Psychology.
Something else that’s new for fall concerns how you register for classes. Remember to familiarize yourself with the new “Wish List” feature in SIS, and keep in mind that simply creating the Wish List will not register you for classes. When your registration appointment time arrives, though, you can use it to attempt to register for all of your course choices at one time. Our supply of magic lamps has run out, so we can’t guarantee all your wishes will be granted, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!
This month, The Pink Flamingo brings you the third installment of the very popular series, A Student Perspective (see installments one and two on Research Assistantships and Internships). For the third installment, we interviewed Janet Weidert about her Teaching Assistantship.
1. Who did you work with for your teaching assistantship (TA)?
2. How did you find out about the TA and go about getting it?
After talking about my career and grad school goals with my advisor, they recommended I apply for a teaching assistantship. I used the Human Development/Psychology page to find out what professors needed TAs. I applied to be a TA for Dr. Gurung’s Intro to Psych class and got it.
3. What kinds of things do you get to do for your TA?
You get to do all kinds of things – present lecture material, hold review sessions, work with students, help with in-class activities, and develop test writing skills. I also learned about teaching philosophies and how to engage students. I even got to do some research on student study behaviors (which was great because I got to put it on my grad school applications as another research experience!). But overall, my favorite thing was to just sit and observe the class and their reaction to whatever was being presented. You could literally see the light bulbs going off in their heads.
4. How do you think the TA relates to what you have learned in your classes?Being a TA is a great tool to apply what you have learned. As a TA, you are both a student and a teacher, so the opportunity for relating what you have learned in other classes is huge. In your teacher role, you use examples and ideas from other courses to help answer questions and explain the material. As a student, you get to discuss and learn more about what you already know.
5. How important has this TA been to your educational experience at UWGB, and why?
Being a TA gives you a view of the classroom from the other side of the desk. Gaining that experience has been one of the best things I have done at GB. One advantage of being a TA is that your professor gets to know you on a much more individual basis. This means they can write a stronger letter of recommendation later for a job or graduate school. Another advantage being a TA has given me is separating me from my competitors in applying for graduate school. Not many undergraduates get the opportunity to be a TA, so having that experience gave me an edge. As an added bonus, I got lots of extra help and direction in the graduate school process. I had one more professor who was willing to review my personal statement, give advice, and bounce ideas off.
Okay, so if The Fourth Estate can run an April Fool’s Day headline about Favre deciding not to retire, clearly we can include at least one joke headline in our esteemed publication. Truthfully, Dr. Ryan Martin has not decided to leave teaching to take up bowling as a career. He did, however, earn the high score of 187 at the recent P/HD Club Student-Faculty Bowling Night (first runner-up was Office Manager Twila Marquardt with an impressive 169). If you missed the fun, check out the photos below and plan to attend the Club’s next event. And…please notice that Dr. Martin is looking mighty proud holding his bowling ball after a great second game that included two “turkeys” (what we like to call a “flamingo”). Before he gets too excited about joining the PBA ranks, though, we would like to point out that although his second game might have been quite good, he probably wouldn’t win any professional matches with his whopping first game score of…80.