B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Joanna was fortunate enough to land a teaching assistant (TA position) for CSS/FOR 235 Society and Natural Resources. Not only was this an incredible experience where she got to work with an amazing teaching team, she was challenged to turn her MOSS K12 training into relatable topics for undergraduates. Undergraduates are a lot more intimidating than 6th graders, and force you to think and grow in very different ways than their shorter counterparts. Through the TA position, this Californian received in-state tuition plus an hourly wage for 20 hours of work a week. Another avenue where Joanna attained additional funding was through her marketing work-study position while at MOSS. She worked with Gary and a fellow MOSS grad student to make promotional videos, blogs, audit the MOSS website, create and distribute marketing materials, and more. Here, she learned behind the scenes footage of how MOSS, as an organization, functions. This was invaluable as she seeks to enter into the administrative world. From these two avenues, Joanna saved about $13,000. Advice: look for and then ask for opportunities, and then be persistent in attaining them!