Camryn Simons

  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Pronouns: she, her / they, them

Courses supported: Current: CS-0449 Prior: CS-0447

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Linguistics

Academic Level: Junior

Achievements and Accolades: Dean's List

Activities and Clubs: Computer Science Club

Internship, Research and Experiential Learning: Incoming software engineering intern at Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee.

Post graduation plans: Get a full-time job as a software engineer and live a good life

Why did you become a UTA? I became an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant because I love to help people. When I first started taking computer science courses at Pitt, I remember how helpful and encouraging the UTAs were and knew I wanted to have the same effect on other computer science students eventually. Computer science is definitely a very challenging major, and helping people learn and succeed is incredibly rewarding.

What is the best advice you would give to a student who may need additional support? Don't ever be afraid to reach out for help! Whether you just want to ensure your understanding of a topic, or you are completely lost with a topic, professors and UTAs are always here to help you and get you to the spot where you need to be. There's no such thing as going to office hours too much or asking too many questions.

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking the course you UTA for? For CS-0449, you want to be sure that you solidify your debugging skills. It will make the assignments a much easier process for you, and it's an incredibly useful skill to have as a programmer.

Why should students come to your UTA office hours? Whether you're confused about a concept in class, or you're getting an error in your code for an assignment, I'm always here to help! Office hours are such an important resource that students should definitely utilize more.

What is your favorite thing about the subject you UTA for? I love being a UTA for classes like CS-0447 and CS-0449 because it is often student's first time programming with low-level languages. It is definitely a challenge, but it is also really rewarding.

Anything else you would like to add? Looking forward to a great semester!