Student Teachers at UNF

Published: Oct. 16, 2020

As the fall semester brings new freshmen to UNF, junior Chloe Lopez is helping younger students adjust to university life.

Lopez has been a teaching assistant for six months. She says it has also helped her become a better student. 

“It’s helped me as a student by giving me a network of other peers that are all working toward the same thing in the honors college,” said Lopez.

Lopez is currently teaching Honors Colloquium, a required course for all incoming honors freshmen. Honors Colloquium is designed to help students excel in their future classes. Lopez says taking this class her freshman year gave her the tools she needed to be successful in other classes.

“My freshman year I had to take this class,” said Lopez. “My teaching assistants were really helpful in getting me started and getting me interested in the honors community.”

In Honors Colloquium students learn strategies to better prepare themselves in college. This includes, how to properly write an email, how to address your professors and how to work in groups. 

Alexandria Crotts, a freshman at UNF, also believes Honors Colloquium will help her be a better student.

“This class has helped me to be more open-minded and not as close-minded as I sometimes might catch myself being,” said Crotts. “I feel like this will help me in my future classes.”

Crotts will have the opportunity to teach when she’s a sophomore, but Lopez didn’t start teaching till her junior year. 

Lopez said it can be hard to juggle both teaching and being a student, but believes it is worth it in the long run. 

“My favorite thing about teaching is interacting with my students,” said Lopez.

Lopez hopes to be the best role model possible for her students – who she fondly refers to as “her kids.” 

Being a teaching assistant is not for everyone, as it can be a big responsibility. Although the job can be stressful at times, Lopez is prepared to be the best.