Life as a TA: learn about the EWHA Scholarship on a Working Basis

As requested by the readers, we have interviewed the TAs who got the EWHA Scholarship on a Working Basis, about their roles and daily activities. If you are currently interested in joining this cozy TA team, you can see from this post what it is like to work as a TA in each position (GDIS TA, GDKS TA, DGLS TA, PC lab TA, GSIS TA, IIAS TA).

GDIS TA: Jinsol

What type of scholarship did you apply for? 

Level A

Could you please describe your daily activities and responsibilities as a TA in this role?

GDIS TA’s main job is to help teachers in the GSIS administrative office and deliver important announcements from Ewha Womans University, including the notice of GSIS. We inform students of their overall academic schedule and help them graduate safely. Actually, there are so many different things that we do. For example, what we do is as follows. Preparing orientation for new students at GSIS, answering questions about students’ academic affairs, and keeping and delivering professors’ mail and packages, to investigate classes scheduled for next semester, to translate various materials into English, and to collect documents submitted by students.

Photos that would best portray your life in the office
Do you have any suggestions for other Ewha GSIS students who want to apply for this scholarship?

GDIS TA can be done by any Koreans or foreigners who speak Korean well. The most important thing when you do this job is sincerity, accuracy, and responsibility. You have to work diligently so that the work given to you is not done late. And you will often make important announcements to professors and students, and when you deliver information mail to them, you should reduce your mistakes as much as possible. Finally, when you have a sense of responsibility for your work, you will not be tired of many tasks.

GDKS TA: Gahye

What type of scholarship did you apply for?

Level A (Total 350 hrs)

Could you please describe your daily activities and responsibilities as a TA in this role?

Daily tasks: Checking the department’s e-mail and handling tasks, answering student inquiries (email, phone, website notice)

The main tasks of a teaching assistant: Inform students about all schedules from course enrollment to graduation, receive related documents from students, assist with the admission interviews, and help prepare freshmen OT.

Do you have any suggestions for other Ewha GSIS students who want to apply for this scholarship?

I think we need the ability to communicate well with others. Also important is the ability to manage your time well, because the TAs mainly handle the tasks that are directly related to the graduation of the students.

DGLS TA: Rachel

What type of scholarship did you apply for? 

I applied for A Level of EWHA Scholarship on a Working Basis.

Could you please describe your daily activities and responsibilities as a TA in this role?

I work in the GSIS main office which has the same job as other TAs in the main office. For DGLS, I have to promote the DGLS sessions a few days before the class and help the professor and speakers to operate the sessions. For supporting foreign faculty, I help the professors with administrative works explained only in Korean language, e.g. Research Eureka system.

Do you have any suggestions for other Ewha GSIS students who want to apply for this scholarship?

It is a great opportunity for students to gain experience by working as a TA. Students should have a certain level of Korean language to work as a Level A TA as some of the works require writing and speaking in Korean.

GSIS TA and TA promoter: Annelise

What type of scholarship did you apply for? 

I applied for the KOICA Sun scholarship. 

Could you please describe your daily activities and responsibilities as a TA in this role?

As a GSIS TA, I would greet the students/professors that come in the office, ask them what they need help for ( parking ticket, taking a gift from all of the numerous activities the office put in place for the students, or just ask some information) Then as a TA promoter, I was gathering information from professors, students, make a record of their books, the thesis of students, take pictures of the campus, doing a photoshoot for the new brochure (most of my work with Julienne was to create the new brochure) we as well reorganize the new website! 

Three photos that would best portray your life in the office
Do you have any suggestions for other Ewha GSIS students who want to apply for this scholarship? 

Being always curious about what is happening around you, being aware of people, and at the end just be yourself because it’s by being yourself that you can achieve work! 

PC Lab TA: Amanda

What type of scholarship did you apply for? 

KOICA Sun scholarship 

Could you please describe your daily activities and responsibilities as a TA in this role?

I would check the classrooms everyday, run the antivirus program on the computer, check the lights, check the microphone, speakers, etc. 

Then I would stay in the computer lab for the rest of the day and do things like turning on the printer, checking the PCs, helping students, checking students’ temperatures and sterilizing the PCs, etc. 

Do you have any suggestions for other Ewha GSIS students who want to apply for this scholarship?

I suggest that they try to learn more about how to help students with simple computer issues, maybe?

IIAS TA: Sukyung 

What type of scholarship did you apply for? 

I applied for a KOICA-Sun scholarship (250 hrs/half tuition).

Could you please describe your daily activities and responsibilities as a TA in this role?

It is mostly about IIAS (the Institute for International and Area Studies) office management. So, I manage the expenses of the office (hotline, water dispenser, printer ink, etc). And as IIAS publishes its own journal (AISR: The Asian International Studies Review) twice a year, I assisted the work to go well. For example, mailing AISR journals to the subscribers and keeping contact with the AISR manager, and so on.

Do you have any suggestions for other Ewha GSIS students who want to apply for this scholarship?

Well, the biggest advantage of this work is there are not many things to do in the office except for some seasonal work. So, preparing other works (papers to read, assignments…) to spend a whole day in the office is recommended. Also, if you are interested in submitting a journal, it is a good chance to see how the process is going on. And you can easily get and read AISR as they are just back on the shelf from your seat. So I would say it is a good opportunity for students to briefly experience the work in the research institution.

Published by Khing Amatyakul

Thai, Working at SuperPlanet, IR grad from Ewha GSIS | @khingamat

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