I am in my last semester as a full-time MBA student at the Wisconsin School of Business and am enjoying my second semester as one of the eight Teaching Assistants (TAs) for Marketing 300. This year has been especially challenging due to the ongoing pandemic and one of the most important things I’ve learned is the absolute need to reinforce student engagement and learning, whether we are in the classroom or online via Zoom.
Let’s backtrack a little bit. During my first year of my MBA, I knew I wanted to give back to students and build my soft skills, and what better way to do that than by pursuing a TA position for the largest undergrad class at the Wisconsin School of Business. Now that it is my second semester as a TA, it is clear what a great experience and decision this has been. To start, I get to learn from some of the brightest undergrads from around the world. Their different perspectives and ideas about marketing are so inspiring and I feel honored to be able to facilitate their learning as they take this journey at UW-Madison.
Now, being a TA isn’t always easy, right? A big part of the role is facilitating that learning, but also being a good critical thinker who helps guide students to that self-realization of learning what marketing is all about. It also comes with the workload of a part-time job and 90 students looking to you for guidance, but at the end of the day the challenge is worth the reward.
The opportunity to be a TA has been such a rewarding experience during my second year at the Wisconsin School of Business. The skills I’ve learned may not seem to transfer directly to a post-graduate position, but they have given me a new perspective on how in-depth the coordination on the back end is for such a large class and that when a group of people comes together, anything can be accomplished.