Teaching Assistant Spotlight: Fahmida Alam

Feb. 15, 2024
Fahmida Alam

As the crisp pages of academia turn with each passing semester, Fahmida Alam, a first-year Ph.D. candidate in BCP major, I find myself immersed in the vibrant tapestry of teaching and learning as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for CHEM 151. My journey as a TA transcends the mere roles of assisting during lectures, proctoring exams, taking labs, and grading assignments. It's a narrative of fostering growth, nurturing minds, and embracing the essence of mentorship.

With each new semester, I welcome the influx of eager faces into my sphere of influence, knowing that within these diverse individuals lies the potential for growth and discovery. Whether guiding students through the intricacies of lab experiments or engaging in heartfelt discussions about their academic journey, I find solace and fulfillment in being a beacon of support and encouragement. In the dynamic realm of academia, where challenges and triumphs intertwine, I hold steadfast to a poignant mantra: "My students make me a good TA."

Indeed, for me, the true essence of being a TA lies not solely in the execution of duties but in the profound connections forged with students. It's about fostering an environment where curiosity thrives, where struggles are met with empathy, and where every student feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential.

My favorite quote: "Hope a hope with a hope that your hope is just not a hope".