Sam Durigon

  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Pronouns: he, him, his

Courses supported: Current: CS-007 Prior: CS-447; CS-445; CS-441, CMPINF-401

Major: Computer Science & Sigital Narrative and Interactive Design

Academic Level: Sophomore

Achievements and Accolades: Dean's List Fall 2020, Spring & Fall 2021.

Activities and Clubs:, CSC Student Mentor, Newman Club, Pitt Ski and Snowboard

Post graduation plans: After graduation, I want to start by getting a good place within any computer science industry to eventually gain enough experience, skills, and connections to work in the Video Game Development industry.

Why did you become a UTA? I've always had an interest in teaching and I love helping people, especially with something I'm comfortable with like computer science and programming.

What is the best advice you would give to a student who may need additional support? Never be afraid to ask for help, no matter how nervous or awkward you might feel.

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking the course you UTA for? For CS-007, reviewing the basic topics after the lecture and before your recitation will be best, as many of the things you'll be learning here are building blocks for other areas of programming. It is also important to practice some coding either on your own, through our recitation, or on practice websites.

Why should students come to your UTA office hours? If you ever have questions on topics, implementations, or just need some study help, you can come to see me. Classes can be confusing sometimes and I feel it's important that, if you feel lost on any lecture or recitation material, you ask for help earlier than later.

What is your favorite thing about the subject you UTA for? Programming has always been one of my interests, and I love being able to see other people become more interested in it or even help me to learn more about it. There are still plenty of things to learn about programming so I always enjoy talking about it.