Emma Li

  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Pronouns: she, her, hers

Courses supported: CS-0445

Major: Computer Science

Academic Level: Senior

Achievements and Accolades: Dean's List since first semester of Freshman Year (Fall 2018)

Activities and Clubs: Pitt iServe in Spring 2021

Internship, Research and Experiential Learning: CS related: Interned at Philips in Summer 2021, and co-op'ed at Net Health in Fall 2021

Post graduation plans: Acquire skills to become a full-stack software engineer

Why did you become a UTA? During my co-op rotation, my team has been dedicated to teaching and guiding me as a co-op student to learn and grow. Inspired by them, I decided that my last year of college would be the a great time to take on a position that has direct and meaningful impact on others. Also, I've gotten so much help from the support system composed of professors, TAs, and Peer Tutors when I first began college, and I hope to pay it forward by becoming part of it.

What is the best advice you would give to a student who may need additional support? Remember that office hours and peer tutors are part of your support system, that you are never expected to struggle alone. Don't be afraid about asking questions or making mistakes, as they are exactly what opens up conversations, highlights confusions, and ultimately drives understandings.

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking the course you UTA for? For CS-0445, get into the habit of starting early with labs and projects, and have fun with discovering all the interesting ideas and concepts offered in the course!

Why should students come to your UTA office hours? We as UTAs are an additional resource for helping students success in your classes. We've taken this course and could hopefully provide advice and insights from a student's perspective. 

What is your favorite thing about the subject you UTA for? I love being able to walking through the high-level flow as well as digging into specific lines of code with students. It's amazing to see how everyone approaches the same problem with different ideas.