Name: Maria Belyaeva
Year in college: Junior
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia
About Me: Born in the snow white wonderland that is Russia, she got her bear at the tender age of five. This was soon followed by a tear filled goodbye as her life turned in an opposite direction. She was whisked away to a new country and was told to follow some kind of dream that apparently exists somewhere. She has maintained control over her Ice Magic and brings the occasional snow day to the city of Austin.
CNS 101 Pods
What are CNS 101 Pods?
CNS 101 is a program for all incoming first-year students and the CS Freshmen Pods are designed to build CS community and connect students to CS-specific resources. Each student will be able to choose a 101 Pod course with a small group of other first-year students. An experienced CS mentor and CS staff facilitator will lead the weekly 1-hour meetings on several topics from time management to how to turn in your CS homework. Each seminar will also have a social aspect planned by their mentor. There will be several events over the semester such as capture the flag tournaments, scavenger hunts, community service events, and group study sessions that you will have the opportunity to attend with your 101-mates!
How do I join?
During Orientation, you will register for your first semester of classes, including your 101 seminar. These seminars can be found on the Fall course schedule with the title NSC 001S Natural Sciences Seminar, and there will be many times for you to choose from. Don't worry! The class doesn't add any hours to your schedule and we don't assign homework, so you will have plenty of time to focus on your other classes!
Who are the CNS 101 Pod mentors?
The CNS 101 Pod mentors are exceptional leaders and students at UT! All of them are Computer Science majors who have encountered many of the issues you may face your first year. Your mentors will contact you near the end of the summer to introduce themselves and to set up any activities or events they may have planned for the weeks before classes start. You will also have a CS advisor that will help to facilitate your meeting. They are an experienced contact person if you have issues that you and your mentor need help solving.
The Fall 2015 Application to be a Pod mentor is now active! The deadline is December 1, 2014. Email under-info [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu with any questions you may have! Apply here now!
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